Series to Watch: November 2023

Series to Watch: November 2023

October 26, 2023

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this November, from an elevated British heist drama and a Spanish supernatural thriller to the return of Fargo and the first NCIS series set outside the US.

All the Light We Cannot See
From: US
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producer: 21 Laps Entertainment
Starring: Aria Mia Loberti, Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie, Louis Hofmann, Lars Eidinger and Nell Sutton
Launch date: November 2
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this limited series written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and directed by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) is described as a story of the extraordinary power of human connection. It follows blind French girl Marie-Laure  and her father Daniel LeBlanc, who flee German-occupied Paris with a legendary diamond to keep it from falling into Nazi hands. Pursued by a cruel Gestapo officer, they soon find refuge in St Malo with a reclusive uncle who transmits radio broadcasts for the Resistance. There, Marie crosses paths with Werner, a brilliant teenager enlisted by Hitler’s regime to track down illegal broadcasts, who shares a secret connection with her.
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From: Spain
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: 100 Balas
Starring: Sasha Cócola, Elena Matic, Ricardo Gómez, Guillermo Toledo, Belén Cuesta, Julieta Cardinali and Alba Flores
Launch date: November 3
This supernatural thriller takes place across a single night. It centres on Cornelia (Matic), a girl whose childhood was stolen, and Jordan (Cócola), who is not a boy but not yet a man – two helpless young people on a journey to escape from the forces of the law, powerful creatures and themselves.
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From: Italy
Original broadcaster: Sky Italia
Producers: Sky Studios, Pantaleon Films and Indiana Production
Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Starring: Marco Bocci, Jessica Schwarz, Dada Bozela, Hassan Najib, Jonathan Berlin, Jason Derek Prempeh, Cecilia Dazzi, Francesco Acquaroli, Barbara Auer, Sylvester Groth, Marco Palvetti, Denise Capezza, Nuala Peberdy, Samuel Kalambay, Amadou Mbow, Edward Asante Apeagyei, Reshny Massaka, Onyinye Odokoro, Massimo De Lorenzo and Scot Williams
Launch date: November 3 (Italy and Germany)
A moral and ethical drama that explores what happens when a cruise ship full of Western tourists rescues a group of migrants following the sinking of their boat, with the stories of the ship’s crew and passengers intertwined with those of the rescued people. When some of the migrants discover they are heading towards North Africa, from where they fled, their desperation leads them to hijack the ship.
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The Buccaneers
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producer: The Forge Entertainment
Starring: Kristine Frøseth, Alisha Boe, Josie Totah, Aubri Ibrag, Imogen Waterhouse, Christina Hendricks, Mia Threapleton, Josh Dylan, Guy Remmers, Matthew Broome and Barney Fishwick
Launch date: November 8
Based on Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel, this eight-part drama follows a group of fun-loving young American girls as they explode onto the London scene in the 1870s, kicking off an Anglo-American culture clash as the buccaneers set their sights on securing husbands. But saying ‘I do’ is just the beginning…
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From: UK
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Producer: Character 7
Starring: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Gemma Arterton, Niamh Alger, Kirby, Kamel El Basha, Tara Abboud, Kevin Vidal, Ned Dennehy and Eddie Izzard
Launch date: November 8
Culprits begins where most crime dramas end, after a heist, when the crew of elite criminals have gone their separate ways and tried to leave their old lives behind. But past and present collide when a ruthless assassin starts targeting them one by one. Why are they being stalked? And will they find one another in time to protect themselves and the people they love?

NCIS: Sydney
From: Australia
Original broadcaster: Paramount+
Producers: Endemol Shine Australia, CBS Studios
Distributor: Paramount Global Content Distribution
Starring: Olivia Swann, Todd Lasance, Sean Sagar, Tuuli Narkler, Mavournee Hazel and William McInnes
Launch date: November 10 (Paramount+), November 14 (CBS, US)
The fifth series to come out of the hit NCIS franchise, this is also the first ever international edition. Against the backdrop of rising international tensions in the Indo-Pacific, a brilliant and eclectic team of US NCIS agents and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) form a multinational taskforce to keep naval crimes in check in the most contested patch of ocean on the planet. Led by NCIS Special Agent Michelle Mackey and her 2IC AFP counterpart, Sergeant Jim ‘JD’ Dempsey, the team of Americans and Aussies must quickly learn to trust each other, overcoming and harnessing their differences to solve each case.
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A Murder at the End of the World
From: US
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Producer: FX Productions
Starring: Emma Corrin, Clive Owen, Harris Dickinson, Brit Marling, Alice Braga, Joan Chen, Raúl Esparza, Jermaine Fowler, Ryan J Haddad, Pegah Ferydoni, Javed Khan, Louis Cancelmi, Edoardo Ballerini, Britian Seibert, Christopher Gurr, Kellan Tetlow, Daniel Olson and Neal Huff
Launch date: November 14
This mystery series follows Gen Z amateur sleuth and tech-savvy hacker Darby Hart (Corrin), who is invited by a reclusive billionaire (Owen) to participate in a retreat at a remote and dazzling location. When one of the other guests is found dead, Darby must use her skills to prove it was murder against a tide of competing interests and before the killer takes another life.
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From: Australia
Original broadcasters: Stan, Nine Network
Producer: Easy Tiger
Distributor: Abacus Media Rights
Starring: Luke Arnold, Bella Heathcote, Jay Ryan, Adam Zwar and Victoria Thaine
Launch date: November 16 (Stan)
Based on the novel by Chris Hammer, the series is set in Riversend, where a charismatic and dedicated young priest named Byron Swift (Ryan) calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners. One year later, investigative journalist Martin Scarsden (Arnold) arrives to write about the anniversary of the tragedy. But Martin finds a town deeply scarred and hostile to journalists – and ends up in a life-and-death race to uncover the truth.

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters
From: US
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producers: Legendary Television, Safehouse Pictures and Toho Co
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski
Launch date: November 17
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that levelled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, this series – part of Legendary’s Monsterverse – tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organisation known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to army officer Lee Shaw. The show takes place both in the 1950s and half-a-century later, when Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows.
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Fargo S5
From: US
Original broadcaster: FX
Producers: MGM Television, FX Productions
Distributor: MGM Television
Starring: Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Rysdahl, Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris, Richa Moorjani, Sam Spruell and Dave Foley
Launch date: November 21
The fifth instalment of the award-winning series is set in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2019.  After an unexpected series of events lands Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lyon (Temple) in hot water with the authorities, this seemingly typical Midwestern housewife is suddenly plunged back into a life she thought she had left behind.  Hamm plays North Dakota Sheriff Roy Tillman, who believes he is above the law and has been searching for Dot for a long time. Meanwhile, Leigh plays Lorraine Lyon, Dot’s mother-in-law and the CEO of the largest debt agency in the US, who is unimpressed with her son’s choice of wife. When Dot’s unusual behaviour catches the attention of Minnesota Police Deputy Indira Olmstead (Moorjani) and North Dakota Deputy Witt Farr (Morris), Lorraine appoints her in-house counsel and primary advisor, Danish Graves (Foley), to aid her daughter-in-law.
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