The Young Offenders Christmas Special
It’s nearing Christmas in Cork but the mood is more festering than festive as we catch up with hapless tearaways Conor and Jock, the stars of this engaging comedy, played by Alex Murphy and Chris Walley. There are riots in the streets and Conor’s mum has been taken ill so the lads are desperate to raise her spirits. Enter a cheekily barnstorming guest-star turn from Robert Sheehan (above, right, with Walley and Murphy) and a twist you’ll see coming a mile off — but it will warm your cockles anyway. Available Friday.
Stephen King is the spooky imagination behind this compulsive psychological mystery, available with a Starzplay subscription, which stars André Holland as lawyer Henry Deaver, drawn back to his home town by an anonymous call from behind prison bars. Castle Rock is a town seething with dark secrets, centred on the fate of a young boy who went missing 27 years before, and as the truth threatens to emerge, Holland scratches at the scars of old wounds. Sissy Spacek (above, with Holland), Scott Glenn and Bill Skarsgård figure among a starry cast of curios. Season one available Friday.
Springsteen On Broadway
Personal storytelling and a deeply reflective mood of amused melancholy are at the forefront of this stripped-back show, which finds Bruce Springsteen (above) bringing his autobiography, Born To Run, to musical life on stage in New York. The Boss makes for warm and wry company as he tracks his life from his New Jersey roots — a piano-only revisit of My Hometown is a highlight — through to mega success with his E-Street gang. The music largely takes a back seat to the memories but it’s a revealing portrait of Springsteen the man as he sets about debunking his blue-collar hero myth. Available Friday.
Sunderland ’Til I Die
When Sunderland Football Club invited cameras behind the scenes to make a series about their 2017-18 season, they surely anticipated a high-flying tale of success as one of English football’s slumbering giants put relegation from the Premier League behind them and took the Championship by storm. Oops. But the fact that the season turned into one of the most miserable in Sunderland’s season — no spoilers! — makes for a much more interesting documentary series as disaster follows disaster. Players, fans and management chip in to a striking tale of Black Cat woe that reveals how much one club can mean to a city. Season available Friday.
The Innocent Man
The success of Making A Murderer and The Staircase has proved beyond reasonable doubt that we have an insatiable appetite for true-life crime. This series, based on a John Grisham non-fiction book, looks at a murder case that shocked the town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s. A cocktail waitress was found raped and murdered, and two men were found guilty. But the evidence that convicted them was riddled with holes. The sub-plot? This was not an isolated case… Season available Friday.