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It's November on the TV Calendar, and this month brings some of the most anticipated shows of the season.
The biggest news is that Apple TV+ (it's not a new streaming service without the +) starts today, and kicks off with a large roster of shows with excellent talent attached to appeal to a wide range of viewers.
'See' is a high concept sci-fi set in a future where humans have lost the sense of sight. But a tribe comes under attack from a cult when twins are born with the ability to see. An entire show based on the premise of losing the sense people would class as the most important might make suspension of disbelief quite hard, but hopefully the cast can pull it off convincingly. Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) star.
'For All Mankind' is set in a different timeline to our own, where the USSR beat the USA to the moon. This doesn't go over well, and rather than slowing down, the space race continued in earnest. Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon) and Shantel VanSanten (Shooter) star.
'The Morning Show' is a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the men and women who carry out this daily televised ritual. Jennifer Aniston (Friends) and Steve Carell (The Office) star.
In the coming-of-age story, 'Dickinson', Emily is determined to become the world's greatest writer. Poet. Daughter. Total rebel. Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) star.
'Ghostwriter' is one for the kids. When a ghost starts causing mayhem, four children have to team up to stop it, by solving the mystery of its unfinished business.
Also this month sees the start of the BBCs adaptation of Philip Pullmans 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. This has been tried before, with a film based on the first novel over a decade ago. This adaptation is just as grand, with £50 million spent on the 8 episode series.
Later this month arrives 'The Mandalorian', the first major show from Disney+ (what is it with the +s ?), and the first live action Star Wars show. We'll talk about this at a later time.
'Rick and Morty' returns for a guaranteed 70 episode run, though only 5 will air this year. Let's hope Harmon and Roiland don't mess up one of the best shows in recent years.
And by no means last, 'The Man in the High Castle' starts its fourth and final season. More dimension hoping adventures with shifting allegiances. Will the Reich conquer the world, or will help come from another universe?
Which are you looking forward to? Track all your favourite shows on the TV Calendar!