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Five things to watch this March – from 'Palm Royale' to 'The Gentlemen'

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Your TV watchlist for March is hereApple

This month’s crop of small-screen delights are a curious mix of period dramas and modern crime capers. March will see Guy Richie’s blockbuster, The Gentlemen, explode on to our televisions in all its witty, sweary brilliance. We will be taken on a roaring adventure through 18th century England, courtesy of the original series Renegade Nell, about an accidental highway-woman, and chase a different criminal altogether in the historical true-crime drama, Manhunt, about the search for Abraham Lincoln’s killer. Meanwhile, Julianne Moore’s delectable performance in the Jacobean black comedy Mary & George is finally arriving on our screens, and if all that mud, candlelight and murder gets a little too dark, there is the sunny, sexy escape of 1960s Florida and the star-studded Palm Royale to escape to.

The Gentlemen

Gangsters, stately homes, the intricacies of a thoroughly English crime network? It can only be a Guy Richie project. The cult director has taken the premise of his 2019 film of the same name, starring Hugh Grant and Michelle Dockery, and has transmuted it into a new series for Netflix. This time, the central aristocrat who finds himself embroiled in a criminal underworld is played by The White Lotus antihero Theo James, supported by a cast jam-packed with a who’s who of UK talent, from Ray Winstone to Joely Richardson and Kaya Scodelario. Expect broad comedy, cockney rhyming slang and a lot of tweed suits.

The Gentlemen is streaming on Netflix from 7 March.

Renegade Nell

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Disney+

There has been something of a highwayman renaissance of late, with Noel Fielding’s satirical take on Dick Turpin and now this, Disney +’s charming original series about a young woman framed for murder in 18th century England, and who subsequently finds herself an outlaw. The show has an impressive pedigree – starring Derry Girls’ Louisa Harland, written by Happy Valley scribe Sally Wainwright and directed by Sex Education’s Ben Taylor – and is a witty and riotous adventure with not a little magic along the way.

Renegade Nell is streaming on Disney + from 29 March.

Palm Royale

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Apple

Star-studded, sun-soaked, lavish and ridiculous – this new comedy from Apple TV+ stays true to the Floridian locale from which it takes its name. Set in Palm Beach in 1969, it charts the true underdog story of Maxine Simmons, played by Kristen Wiig, who attempts to break into the affluent area’s seemingly impenetrable high society. A gloriously joyous cast accompanies, including Laura Dern, Alison Janney, Kaia Gerber, Carole Burnett and, yes, you read that correctly, Ricky Martin. Settle down with a fruity cocktail and enjoy some sunny, stylish escapism.

Palm Royale is streaming on Apple TV + from 20 March.

Manhunt

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Chris Reel

This lavish and elegantly scripted period drama follows the little-known story of the manhunt that followed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Based on the bestselling nonfiction book by James L Swanson, the conspiracy thriller tracks the true story of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth across 12 tense days. It stars The Crown’s Tobias Menzies, alongside Hamish Linklater and Patton Oswalt, and is created by Monica Beletsky – the brains behind Fargo and Friday Night Lights. Smart, moody and compelling, this is a fascinating insight into one of history’s least understood crimes.

Manhunt is airing weekly on Apple TV + from 15 March.

Mary & George

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Sky

Telling the intriguing and (mostly) true story of the enigmatic George Villiers, his scheming mother Mary, and King James I of England, Mary & George is a scintillating, darkly comic take on an unexplored pocket of history. The court scandal has sex, black comedy and a script simmering with irreverence, written by Killing Eve's D.C Moore. It is a must-watch for fans of The Favourite or The Great, and features a deliciously villainous performance from Hollywood royalty, and recent Bazaar cover star, Julianne Moore.

Mary & George is on Sky Atlantic and streaming on NowTV from 5 March.

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