THIS month, M-Net Channel 101 brings viewers the very best in gripping series, from police procedurals to courtroom drama to emotional depictions of love.
Beginning on Monday, October 11 at 8.30pm is Vigil, a British police procedural miniseries created by Tom Edge and produced by World Productions (Line Of Duty, The Pembrokeshire Murders, Save Me, Bodyguard). The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on board a nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.
The six-part series will see Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Suranne Jones, Coronation Street, Vincent, Strictly Confidential, Harley Street, Unforgiven) investigate the death onboard the submarine HMS Vigil. Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play. But when the crew close ranks in the face of Amy’s questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry.
Following Vigil, viewers can continue to tune in to The Good Fight at 9.30pm. In the fifth season, Diane (15-time Emmy Award nominee and winner Christine Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (Audra McDonald, Private Practice, The Good Wife) when the firm loses two top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner (Mandy Patinkin), a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his courtroom in the back of a copy shop. If you missed any of the episodes, you can find them on DStv Catch-up.
Also on October 11, HBO’s Scenes From A Marriage premieres at 10.30pm. The miniseries is written, directed, and executive produced by Hagai Levi (Our Boys, The Affair, HBO’s In Treatment). It’s is a modern adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s classic Swedish series of the same name, centering on Mira (Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain), a confident, ambitious tech executive left unfulfilled by her marriage; and Jonathan (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina), an accommodating, hyper-intellectual philosophy professor desperate to keep their relationship intact. The five-part series re-examines the dilemmas probed by the original and flips the script on traditional gender roles to explore love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.