Best new TV this weekend, including Netflix thriller The Woman In The Window

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With TV guides crammed full of new treats, here’s our pick of everything to watch over the next few days. 

Searching for your next TV obsession? Of course you are. And the next few days sees a plethora of TV shows and films to quench your thirst. 

There’s an adaptation of a claustrophobic thriller, a new crime drama about a group of friends bound by a secret pact and a joyful new comedy about a female Muslim punk band. 

And so, without any further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend. 

WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

Fans of Girl On The Train will be looking forward to the release of this new Netflix thriller, which arrives after many delays. 

Based on a novel by A.J. Finn, it stars Amy Adams as an agoraphobic psychologist who spends her days drinking and watching her neighbours. She befriends one, Jane (Julianne Moore), until she witnesses, or thinks she does, Jane’s husband stabbing her. Jane’s husband (Gary Oldman) maintains his innocence while a different woman, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, claims to be Jane. Mind-bending.

Friday 14 May, Netflix  

The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video
The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  

Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins is at the helm of this epic new series about American slavery in the 19th century, adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-winning novel. It stars newcomer Thuso Mbedu as Cora, who escapes from the plantation in Georgia she is enslaved on, and travels across America in a bid for freedom.

Friday 14 May, Amazon Prime Video  

Halston on Netflix
Halston on Netflix

HALSTON 

Ewan McGregor takes the lead in this new Netflix series about famed 70s fashion designer Halston. The drama, based on the book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines and executive-produced by American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, follows the designer whose clothes were the centre of the famed Studio 54. However, it has already run into some dramas with the family of the late designer calling it “overinflated”.

Friday 14 May, Netflix  

Domina on Sky and Now
Domina on Sky and Now

Domina  

It’s back to Ancient Rome for this new drama, but this time through a female lens. The eight-part series focuses on Livia Drusilla (Kasia Smutniak), the wife and advisor to emperor Augustus Caesar, and her rise to power to become one of the most influential, yet little known, women in history.

Friday May 14, Sky Atlantic and Now  

Innocent on ITV
Innocent on ITV

INNOCENT

Series two of the crime drama, shown across the week, stars Katherine Kelly as Sally, a teacher who has just been released from prison, accused of the murder of a schoolboy she was alleged to have had a relationship with. New evidence proves she was innocent of the crime and Sally is on a mission to get back the family, job and life that was taken from her.

Monday 17 May, 9pm, ITV

The Pact on BBC One
The Pact on BBC One

THE PACT

Another twisty thriller to keep you absorbed. It follows what happens after a prank by four employees goes horribly wrong when their young bullying boss is found dead. Laura Fraser and Julie Hesmondhalgh star in this six-part series, that continues on Tuesday, about the friends’ pact to stay silent.

Monday 17 May, 9pm, BBC One 

The Nevers on Sky Atlantic and Now
The Nevers on Sky Atlantic and Now

The Nevers

This new series, set in Victorian England, follows a group of mostly women, known as the Touched, with special supernatural powers. The series which stars, Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly and James Norton, has been mired in drama since its showrunner Philippa Goslett took over from Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy, after previous allegations of emotional abuse, so it remains to be seen if it can shine anew.

Monday 17 May, Sky Atlantic and Now  

We Are Lady Parts on Channel 4
We Are Lady Parts on Channel 4

WE ARE LADY PARTS

Joy: a new comedy to keep us on our toes. The series, written by Nida Manzoor and drawing from many of her own experiences, follows the highs and lows of an all-female Muslim punk band called Lady Parts as they navigate love, university, music and big life questions about identity and belonging.

Thursday 20 May, 10pm, Channel 4 

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