Series to Watch: March 2024

Series to Watch: March 2024


By DQ
February 29, 2024

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this March, from a Swedish psychological thriller and an innovative Kafka biopic to a historical psychodrama and Kate Winslet’s return to HBO.

The Regime
From: US
Original broadcaster: HBO
Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Guillaume Gallienne, Andrea Riseborough, Martha Plimpton and Hugh Grant
Launch date: March 3 (US), April 8 (Sky Atlantic, UK)
Telling the story of life within the walls of a modern authoritarian regime as it begins to unravel, this series centres on Chancellor Elena Vernham (Winslet), who has grown increasingly paranoid and unstable after not leaving the palace for some time. After she turns to a volatile soldier Herbert Zubak (Schoenaerts) as an unlikely confidant, his influence over the chancellor continues to grow as Elena’s attempts to expand her power eventually result in both the palace and the country fracturing around her.
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La Peste (The Plague)
From: France
Original broadcaster: France 2
Producer: Siècle Productions
Distributor: Oble
Starring: Frédéric Pierrot, Hugo Becker and Sofia Essaïdi
Launch date: March 4
An adaptation of Albert Camus’ classic novel, La Peste takes place in 2029, in a slightly dystopian future against a Mediterranean backdrop. Having barely emerged from successive waves of Covid, a seaside town is gripped by an even more terrible virus: a new variant of the historic plague bacterium, named ‘YP2.’ Denial and chaos will follow among the population and politicians.
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Mary & George
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Sky
Producers: Hera Pictures, Sky Studios
Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Starring: Julianne Moore, Nicholas Galitzine and Tony Curran
Launch date: March 5
Described as a historical psychodrama, this show stars Moore as Mary Villiers, a woman of humble beginnings and formidable ambition who moulded her second son, George (Galitzine), to seduce King James VI of Scotland and I of England (Tony Curran) and become his all-powerful lover. Through audacious scheming and seduction, Mary and George claw their way to the centre of court to become the most powerful family in England. But as George grows in power, his relationship with his mother is pushed to the limits.
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The Marlow Murder Club
From: UK
Original broadcasters: Drama (UK), Masterpiece (US)
Producer: Monumental Television
Distributor: ITV Studios
Starring: Samantha Bond, Jo Martin, Cara Horgan and Natalie Dew
Launch date: March 6 (UK)
Written by Death in Paradise creator Robert Thorogood, and based on his novel of the same name, this two-part murder mystery is set in the titular picturesque riverside town, where retired archaeologist Judith Potts (Bond) lives alone in a faded mansion, filling her time by setting crosswords for the local paper. During one of her regular wild swims in the Thames, Judith hears a gunshot coming from a neighbour’s garden and believes a brutal murder has taken place. When the police are reluctant to believe her story, Judith finds herself forming an unlikely friendship with local dog-walker and empty-nester Suzie (Martin) and unfulfilled vicar’s wife Becks (Horgan) as they start an investigation of their own. Eventually asked to assist with the official police investigation, headed by newly promoted Tanika (Dew), the women must piece together clues, grill suspect witnesses, and face down real danger as they work against the clock to stop the killer in their tracks.

White Lies
From: South Africa
Original broadcaster: M-Net
Producer: Quizzical Pictures
Distributor: Fremantle
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Brendon Daniels
Launch date: March 7
This eight-part psychological crime drama stars Dormer as investigative journalist Edie Hansen, who gets caught up in the dark underbelly of Cape Town, dragging her back to her past. Following her estranged brother’s murder in his luxury home, Edie’s world plunges deeper into chaos when her brother’s teenage children become prime suspects for the crime. As Edie investigates, she finds herself at loggerheads with veteran detective Forty Bell (Daniels), and grapples with the crumbling local police force, a corrupt political system and the secretive world of extreme Cape wealth. The series is described as an urgent exploration of race and privilege, inequality and identity, entangled in a riveting murder mystery.
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Apples Never Fall
From: US
Original broadcaster: Peacock
Producers: Heyday Television, Universal International Studios
Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Starring: Annette Bening, Sam Neill, Jake Lacy, Alison Brie, Conor Merrigan-Turner and Essie Randles
Launch date: March 14
Based on Lianne Moriarty (Big Little Lies)’s novel, the story centres on the seemingly picture-perfect Delaney family. Former tennis coaches Stan (Neill) and Joy (Bening) have sold their successful tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. While they look forward to spending time with their four adult children (Lacy, Brie, Merrigan-Turner and Randles), everything changes when a wounded young woman knocks on Joy and Stan’s door, bringing the excitement they’ve been missing. But when Joy suddenly disappears, her children are forced to re-examine their parents’ so-called perfect marriage as their family’s darkest secrets begin to surface.
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3 Body Problem
From: US
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producers: Primitive Streak, Plan B Entertainment, T-Street
Starring: Jovan Adepo, John Bradley, Rosalind Chao, Liam Cunningham, Eiza González, Jess Hong, Marlo Kelly, Alex Sharp, Sea Shimooka, Zine Tseng, Saamer Usmani, Benedict Wong and Jonathan Pryce
Launch date: March 21
This genre-bending mystery from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & DB Weiss and Alexander Woo (The Terror: Infamy) is based on the book of the same name by Liu Cixin. It tells the story of a young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China that reverberates across space and time into the present day. When the laws of nature inexplicably unravel before their eyes, a close-knit group of brilliant scientists join forces with an unorthodox detective to confront the greatest threat in humanity’s history.
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Veronika
From: Sweden
Original broadcaster: SkyShowtime
Producer: Bigster
Starring: Alexandra Rapaport, Tobias Santelmann, Arvin Kananian, Olle Sarri, Isac Calmroth, Per Graffman, Sarah Rhodin, Wilma Lidén and Eddie Eriksson
Launch date: March 22
In this crime thriller with a paranormal twist, Rapaport plays small-town police officer Veronika Gren, a mother-of-two who struggles with her complicated family life and a secret pill addiction. When strange things start to happen and a deceased boy appears before her, Veronika thinks she’s lost her mind, but she is forced to accept that the boy may not be an illusion. Soon she finds herself in a murder investigation that goes deeper than anyone in town would like to believe, when she learns about the murder of two teenage girls. She must uncover the truth and find the connection between the cases to prevent the killer from striking again. But will anyone believe her?
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Kafka
From: Austria, Germany
Original broadcasters: ORF (Austria), ARD (Germany)
Producer: Superfilm
Distributor: ORF Enterprise
Starring: Joel Basman, David Kross, Nicholas Ofczarek and Liv Lisa Fries
Launch date: March 24 (ORF), March 26 (ARD)
Marking 100 years since Franz Kafka’s death in June this year, this six-part series charts the life of the world’s most widely read German-language writer through a dramatic and humorous biopic, with each episode examining a different aspect of his life, from his love affairs with Felice Bauer, Milena Jesenska and Dora Diamant to his difficult relationship with his tyrannical father and his close friendship with Max Brod, who would ultimately come to betray his terminally ill friend, yet assured his enduring fame in the process.
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A Gentleman in Moscow
From: US
Original broadcaster: Paramount+
Producers: Lionsgate, Popcorn Storm Pictures
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alexa Goodall, Johnny Harris and Fehinti Balogun
Launch date: March 29 (US, UK, Canada and Australia)
Based on Amor Towles’ novel, this series stars McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov, who in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Building a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.

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