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The Herald Magazine - - Arts FEATURE - Six se­ries, 76 episodes, 4,675 min­utes, avail­able on DVD avail­able on DVD

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

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