Series to Watch: March 2021
DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick out 10 new dramas to watch this March, from a Spanish Western to a futuristic relationship drama to two coming-of-age series in which characters are confronted by modern life.
Original broadcaster: Viaplay
Starring: Thea Sofie Loch Næss, Amalia Holm, Axel Bøyum, Sofia Tjelta and Sjur Vatne Brean
Air date: March 7
From creator Marie Kristiansen, this Norwegian drama explores what it is like to grow up at a time when everything can – and usually does – end up on social media. Two friends, Marion (Holm) and Marit (Thea Sofie Loch Næss), have their future all mapped out: survive student life, move to Miami and explore life together. But everything changes when an intimate video of Marion spreads without her knowledge or consent.
Original broadcaster: HBO Max
Starring: Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton
Air date: March 11
Described as a dark yet playful dramedy, Genera+ion follows a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Stephen Campbell Moore, Olivia Chenery, Lois Chimimba, Albano Jerónimo, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Dimitri Leonidas, Diarmaid Murtagh, Jana Pérez, Zoë Tapper and Hannah Ware
Air date: March 12
Based on John Marrs’ novel, this relationship drama is set five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive.
The Falcon & the Winter Soldier
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell
Air date: March 19
Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Stan), who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities – and their patience.
Original broadcaster: National Geographic
Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B Vance
Air date: March 21
The third instalment of Nat Geo’s Genius anthology series, this time the spotlight lies on soul singing legend Aretha Franklin. The drama will explore Aretha (Erivo)’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world.
Original broadcaster: Rai (Italy), France Télévisions (France), RTVE (Spain)
Starring: Aidan Turner, Giancarlo Giannini, Matilda De Angelis, Freddie Highmore, Carlos Cuevas and James D’Arcy
Air date: March 23 in Italy
This English-language series sees Turner play Leonardo da Vinci, as the story delves into the mystery behind the genius.
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Royce Pierreson, Clarke Peters, Thaddea Graham, Darci Shaw, Jojo Macari, McKell David, Harrison Osterfield, Sheila Atim and Aidan McArdle
Air date: March 26
Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, the Irregulars must come together to save not only London but the entire world.
Original broadcaster: Movistar+
Starring: Bebe, Isak Férriz, Xabier Deive, Jorge Suquet, Sofía Oria, Jason Fernández, Pedro Casablanc and Luis Callejo
Air date: March 26
Directed by Enrique Urbizu, this is a story of bandits, robbers and burglars set in the early 19th century. When a woman nicknamed La Llanera (Bebe) is released from prison after 17 years, she sets out with her son Juan, who was born behind bars, to enjoy her newfound freedom while being pursued by bandits and gunmen.
Snow Angels (Snöänglar)
Original broadcaster: SVT
Starring: Josefin Asplund, Eva Melander, Maria Rossing, Ardalan Esmaili and Cecilia Nilsson
Air date: March 28
When five-week-old Lukas disappears on Christmas Eve, his mother Jenni plunges into despair and brings police officer Alice on to the scene. But believing Jenni’s story isn’t entirely truthful, she becomes obsessed with the case, which deepens when a nurse reveals her own previous concerns for Lukas’ welfare.
Dark Soul (Bête noire)
Original broadcaster: Serie+
Starring: Mélanie Rivard, Sophie Cadieux, Stéphane Gagnon and Martin Dubreuil
Air date: March 31
Jeremy Tremblay walked into his high school with a semi-automatic rifle and shot multiple students before killing himself. To shed light on the tragedy, Eliane Sirois, a psychiatric coroner, is called in to investigate the tragedy. With the help of Sergeant Boivert, who will confront her more than help her, Eliane will try to figure out Jeremy’s motive.