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Our critics choose their favourite must-watch shows
If this New York-set, HBO-made series about a billionaire media mogul and his gruesome brood does not feature in many critics’ favourites of the year, I’ll eat a very expensive hat. Brian Cox is superb as Logan Roy, an ageing corporate king who ought to be handing over the business to his greedy, warring kids. Don’t bet on it. Written by Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Four Lions), this is wickedly funny, drop-dead stylish satire, a Bonfire of the Vanities for the morally bankrupt Noughties.
Did you know? A second series was commissioned before the first was finished.
One series, 10 episodes, 600 minutes, available on Now TV/Sky
Based on the bestselling books by US author Diana Gabaldon, Outlander charts the story of former combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who, while visiting the Scottish Highlands in 1945, is transported back to 1743 through a mysterious set of standing stones. On the brink of the last Jacobite rising, she meets dashing Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan, pictured right) and a powerful story of starcrossed lovers unfolds. The Sony Pictures Television series is filmed on location across Scotland.
Did you know? Many of the interiors are shot at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld.
Series 1-3, 42 episodes, 2,520 minutes, available on Prime Video and DVD. Series 4 begins on November 5