TV and Culture Guide: What to Watch, Read and Listen to this November
Here's our pick of the best entertainment this month
American Horror Story: Delicate
If you missed the release of season 12 of American Horror Story last month, it’s available to watch right now. After multiple failed attempts at IVF, an actress fears something may be targeting her. There’s an all-star cast including Emma Roberts, Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Billie Lourd and Leslie Grossman in this series.
The Santa Clauses
Season two of the Disney+ original series, The Santa Clauses will debut with a two-episode premiere on 8th November to get the festivities kick-started. The Calvin family is back at the North Pole as Scott Calvin continues his role as Santa Claus and turns his focus towards training his son Cal.
Potentially giving Bridgerton a run for its money, this upcoming British period drama is based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, published posthumously in 1938. In 1870s London, the Buccaneers are sent to secure husbands and status, but they plan on much more than that.
Despite it previously being confirmed that season five would be the show's last, The Crown is back with season six. The final season will premiere in two parts, and part one will feature four episodes focusing on Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.
Squid Game: The Challenge
The crazily popular South Korean series Squid Game has been transformed into the biggest reality competition ever. In this new show, which was filmed in the UK, 456 players will compete to win $4.56 million, Netflix’s largest cash prize in reality television history. They’ll be forced to ask themselves just how far they’ll go to win.
Doctor Who: 60th Anniversary
From 25th November
Doctor Who fans are looking forward to the 2023 specials, airing to celebrate the programme's 60th anniversary. Written by legend Russell T Davies, our favourite doctor (David Tennant) will return to our screens with Catherine Tate for these special episodes: The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder and The Giggle.
SWIMMING FOR BEGINNERS
Even if you aren’t a mother or aren’t planning to be one any time soon, this funny but life-affirming novel (which is far from the helpful guide its title could be mistaken for) is still a great read. Loretta seemingly has her life under control. She’s comfortable and she’s about to marry a man whose five-year plan aligns perfectly with hers. This all changes when a stranger in an airport asks her to keep an eye on a sleeping six-year-old, and the stranger never comes back. This child turns Loretta’s world upside down and now she’s questioning everything about herself. Hugely relatable, this book has the power to make you question your own choices and I’m glad I dived in.
Faye Dixon, Arts Editor
EVERY EXQUISITE THING
Ex-LN staffer Laura Steven is making waves in the world of YA fiction, and her latest release is a dark, sapphic retelling of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. When Penny Paxton joins the elite Dorian Drama School, her new mentor makes an offer she can’t refuse – but as the bodies pile up, Penny soon realises she’s made a terrible mistake. This twisty tale is gripping, Gothic and explores what the pursuit of perfection can cost young women.
Kate Foley, Assistant Editor
When a famous actress is found dead in her dressing room, it’s assumed she has taken her own life. But DI Ronnie Twist and her sergeant soon discover she was murdered, and more than one person has a motive. Set in the market town of Beverley, The Narcissist is the third of Beverley-based author Anne Wedgwood’s Twist in the Tale novels but can be read as a standalone.
Faye Dixon, Arts Editor
On Our To-Read List
Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays The Rent
For the very first time, Judi opens up about every Shakespearean role she has played throughout her seven-decade career, from Lady Macbeth and Titania to Ophelia and Cleopatra. In conversation with Brendan O’Hea, this is ultimately Judi's love letter to Shakespeare.
The Year of the Locust
Denied Access Area spies for the CIA do whatever is required, and get out again by whatever means necessary, but some places don't play by the rules. Kane travels to where the borders of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan meet to extricate a man with vital information for the safety of the West – but instead he meets an adversary who will take the world to the brink of extinction.
The Traitors: The Interactive Game Book
Put your sleuthing skills to the test when you’re placed in a castle in the Scottish Highlands and must figure out if your fellow players are Faithful or a Traitor. In the official book of the BAFTA-winning The Traitors there are more than 20 standalone games to play as a pair or in a group. Maybe the perfect gift for Christmas?
New True Crime Podcasts
I’M NOT HERE TO HURT YOU
John O’Hegarty was destined for great things, studied philosophy in Belgium, and took a masters in psychoanalytic studies at Trinity College, Dublin. So what led him to become one of Ireland’s most prolific bank robbers? This podcast from the Irish Independent investigates the man, and the moment of recklessness that set him on a path to self-destruction.
THE MISSING MADONNA
This podcast from BBC Radio Scotland tells the story of a daring heist at a Scottish castle, in which a da Vinci painting was stolen. Twenty years on, this is the inside story of Britain’s biggest art theft, and the search for the missing masterpiece. This tale has all the ingredients of a thriller, with plot twists, intrigue and larger-than-life characters.
In the early 90s, an eligible bachelor called Bob arrived in Las Vegas looking for love. He was soon dating plenty of women, but it turned out he’d left a big secret behind in New York: his ex-wife was missing, presumed dead. Bob’s ex-girlfriends banded together to investigate, and this series sees Carole Fisher uncover the truth about Gail Katz’s death, the systems that failed her and the girlfriends that brought her justice.
New Album Releases
How Were We To Know
How Were We To Know is the fifth studio album from Sunderland-born Emeli Sandé. More than a decade since her debut Our Version Of Events, this new collection revisits a similar sound that brought her the success she has today.
Rockstar is the impressive 49th solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. This is a collaborative project with a variety of rock musicians, marking her first venture into the genre.
This is Life
This Life is the ninth studio album by pop band Take That – their first studio album in more than six years. The now three-man band will be taking this album on the road with Olly Murs next year.