The third month of the year has arrived! We hope it has brought you everything you wished for. No? Then perhaps this week’s best of the box can sort you out. Contained within are a bunch of serial killers and Kevin Bacon, a newly released cult member and a newscaster getting high.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix March 6th)
Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, this new original comedy was originally meant to be a 13 episode run on NBC, but was subsequently sold to Netflix and picked for two seasons.
Ellie Kemper stars in the title role of Kimmy, a woman who has spent 15 years living underground, told (but never quite persuaded) by a nutter of a preacher, that Armageddon has occurred. Re-emerging into a world whose cynicism she does not share, Kimmy attempts to build a life in New York City. Sounds pretty heavy going for a show created by Tina Fey, and is precisely why you should be excited for it. It is uncharted waters for TV to tackle a subject like this in a sitcom. If you have caught the trailer or any clips this looks set to be brilliant, in the vein of 30 Rock, or even New Girl. We think it looks great!
The Following (Sky Atlantic March 7th 9PM)
Kevin Bacon returns in what show creator, Kevin Williamson has promised will be something of a reboot.
Season two ended with evil serial killing cult leader, Joe Carroll being take into custody by the FBI and Mark Gray, one half (and the only one alive) of an evil twin, serial killing double act on the run after escaping Bacon and his team.
The third season picks up sometime after season two, but details have been kind of sketchy and kept under wraps. If you have stuck with this pulp, murderous soap opera up to now, then this is something not to be missed, and Kevin Bacon back on our screens is always a good thing.
Moone Boy (Sky One March 3rd 9PM)
Third season seem to be all the rage at the moment and Moone Boy has decided it is time to jump upon that particular bandwagon.
Chris O’Dowd returns to play the imaginary friend of twelve year old boy Martin Moone (David Rawle).
This popular Sky One show is rumoured to be coming to a close after this third outing and is roping in some pretty impressive guest stars to see it off. Hollywood actor and soon to be Antman, Paul Rudd will be making an appearance as another imaginary friend, alongside Sir Terry Wogan… who would be an awesome imaginary friend!
Arthur and George (ITV March 2nd 9PM)
Martin Clunes returns to screens this week to take on the creator of the most famous fictional detective ever created.
In a new ITV three parter, Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he is called upon to solve one of Edwardian Midlands most notorious crimes. Filmed in the Black Country, this new mini series showcases Conan Doyle’s detective skills that he would utilise in the writing of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Who was responsible for Great Wyrley Rippings that occurred in 1903? Local solicitor, George Edalji was tried and convicted for the series of slayings and later released in 1906 without a pardon. Edalji later wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who took it upon himself to solve the murder.
Drugs Live (Channel 4 March 3rd, 10PM)
In the new series of Drugs Live, Cannabis is to be put on trial, more specifically Skunk and Hash. Don’t know the difference? Well this new Channel Four documentary will set you straight. Volunteers, including Jon Snow, Matthew Parris and Jeanie Bond will be skinning up and kicking back to test out the drug while playing some Cypress Hill records, you know, they are going to get stoned, but for science reasons.
Whether Cypress Hill will be featured on the soundtrack remains to be seen (or heard), but this ground breaking documentary hopes to examine the link between the drug and psychosis, and look at the effects it has on the brain.
Jon Snow has said of his experience working on the show, ‘I’ve worked in war zones, but I’ve never been as overwhelmingly frightened as I was when I was in the MRI scanner after taking skunk. I would never do it again.’