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On TV: Jeffrey Dahmer, Hollywood stars and a Hollywood handshake

TRUE CRIME SHOW: Evan Peters stars in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Image: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Written by Chris Burns and Matt Davies

Although summer is well and truly over, with skies turning gray and temperatures plummeting across the UK, we can at least find solace in our beloved television (it’s taken us through many many dreary evenings), and of course, for all of you who delight in the changing autumn leaves, Halloween is right around the corner!

With the news that Amazon has given the green light to a Blade Runner 2099 series, a sequel to sci-fi classics from Ridley Scott and Denis Villeneuve, there was a lot to talk about. After fifteen days of captivating (but quite laborious) fantasy, what’s on tv decided to delve into real-world horrors and gripping mysteries, with a little culinary palate cleanser to top it all off.

We are ashamed to admit that the final season of rick and morty slipped completely under our radar, but episode five drops in October, giving us some time to catch up. Meanwhile, fans are gearing up for new seasons of Cobra Kai and The Handmaid’s Tale while, to the delight of star wars fans, the new Disney+ series, Andor, left critics stunned by its quality after a few disappointing entries amidst the growing universe.

So, let’s dive into our picks for this week…

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Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

  • What is that? A truly disturbing crime thriller following notorious Wisconsin serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Why should you watch it? Unlike other shows and films covering the “Milwaukee Cannibal”, this one claims the prestige of american horror story and The People v. OJ Simpson’s Ryan Murphy.
  • Where can you watch it? Netflix (this is a binge-worthy limited series, with all ten episodes available now)
  • You will enjoy this if you liked: Night Stalker: The Hunt for the Serial Killer, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Conversations with a Killer: The Recordings of John Wayne GacyWhere The Ripper.

Here has what’s on tv, we were surprised (or not surprised, depending on your perspective) to learn that another series covering the brutal crimes of Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was in production. Over the past few years, Netflix seems to have invested a large chunk of its production budget into true crime documentaries, and we have to admit that the people mentioned above, especially Night Prowler and Conversationsall designed for compelling (albeit dark) viewing.

It’s safe to say that there’s something oddly fascinating about serial killers, and that’s undoubtedly proven by the popularity of this type of television. What drives people to kill? How were they caught? What happened in their lives to make them who they are? How can someone (in many cases) appear so normal on the surface but lead such a disturbing hidden life? These are just some of the questions that keep bringing us back to this shadowy world.

Dahmer murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, his crimes evolving into necrophilia, cannibalism and “permanent preservation of body parts”. The failed police investigation was also shocking, in which a 14-year-old boy escaped from Dahmer’s flat to be brought back by police (who thought he was drunk), despite being naked and bleeding.

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A MONSTER UNVEILED: Niecy Nash plays Glenda Cleveland on the show (Image: Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

This is of course not the first time that the macabre story of the “monster of Milwaukee” has appeared on our screens, with My Friend Dahmer, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, and Raising Jeffrey Dahmer some of the recent iterations. But with all this well-honed hardware available, why should you watch Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story?

This latest offering is told from the perspective of the victims, offering insights rarely seen, including the incredibly frustrating incompetence of the police investigation. Second, Ryan Murphy’s storytelling prowess, coupled with his undeniable eye for aesthetics, has led to a string of awards, with other worthy mentions including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and Pinch/Tuck.

Finally, playing Dahmer, we have the brilliant Evan Peters, who most will remember from Murphy’s anthology series, american horror story, or like Quicksilver in the x-men movies. Peters’ performance in Monster is terrifying, with a presence that threatens to pierce the screen and strangle the viewer – it doesn’t help that Peters looks eerily similar to Dahmer, with a dead-eyed expression and quiet reptilian demeanor that we found quite scary. .

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Nine perfect strangers

MYSTERIOUS WAYS: Nicole Kidman stars in Nine Perfect Strangers (Image: Handout/Hulu)
  • What is that? A deeply bizarre and gripping mystery based on the novel by Liane Moriarty (who also wrote big little lies).
  • Why should you watch it? A big hit show from Amazon with star power is now coming to Channel 4 – we think it’s the must-watch of the week.
  • Where can you watch it? Channel 4, Wednesday September 28, at 10 p.m.
  • You will enjoy this if you liked: big little lies, The White Lotus.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Michael Shannon and Melissa McMarthy and Welsh star Luke Evans, this unsettling drama is set in a health and wellness resort where nine super-stressed people try to unwind and take stock of their lives. hectic. Things are not as they seem, however (when are they ever?), as the enigmatic leader of the retreat begins to display eccentric behavior, throwing the outsiders into a hellish and surreal experience.

The star power on display here almost guarantees it a seal of quality, and if you were a fan of the dark twists of shows like Big Little Lies, Mare of Easttown or The White Lotus, then this is definitely for you.

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The Great British Bake Off

GET SET, BAKE: Bake Off is back for another great season (Image: PA Features Archive/Press Association)
  • What is that? The nation’s favorite baking show, of course.
  • Why should you watch it? All the drama? The food delicious (and sometimes not so)? The Hollywood handshake? Need we say more?
  • Where can you watch it? Channel 4, Tuesday September 27, at 8 p.m.
  • You will enjoy this if you liked: Chef.

Episode three of the new season premieres this week, and tensions are already at a boiling point. All eyes are on Paul Hollywood in this episode as the bakers tackle the famed judge’s specialty: bread.

Competitors also try their hand at a classic pizza, and in the technical challenge, it’s pastry – what could go wrong? However, for everyone’s favorite part of the episode, the showstopper, the bakers wrestle with a decorative Danish cake known as a “smorgastarta”. A simple task, we are sure…

Who will get the star baker? What will Noel wear next? Who will be sent back to their own kitchen? Who will force a smile on Paul? Find out this week.

What are you going to watch this week? Let us know in the comments below.


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