STRUGGLING to decide what to watch this week?
Well don’t worry, as The Sun’s TV Mag is here to help navigate through the many different streaming services available to bring you the top picks.
BMF – Starzplay
The tough, run-down streets of Detroit provide the backdrop for this sensational new eight-part series, based on the true story of brothers Demetrius ‘Big Meech’ and Terry ‘Southwest T’ Flenory. Back in the late 80s and 90s, the pair transformed themselves from small-time street drug dealers to the bosses of one of the most powerful crime organisations in the US, the BMF – the Black Mafia Family – making hundreds of millions of dollars along the way.
With echoes of shows such as Narcos, The Wire and even Peaky Blinders, it’s dramatic, compelling and cinematic. It also comes armed with some remarkable performances, particularly from Demetrius ‘Lil Meech’ Flenory Jr, who’s utterly magnetic in the role of his own dad, Big Meech. Keep your eyes peeled for some scene-stealing star names later in the series as well, including Eminem – making a rare appearance – Snoop Dogg and Kash Doll.
Inevitably, some will argue that the show glamorises violence, crime and the drugs trade – and there’s certainly a great deal of all three involved. But it’s also careful to show the causes and consequences of the brothers’ choices. Indeed, the opening episode is as much about the tensions between the brothers and their proud, respectable parents, and the realities of life on the street, as it is about flash cars and fast living.
So while it won’t be for everyone, the performances, scale and scope of the show are seriously impressive. Oh, and the soundtrack’s pretty awesome too. Episodes weekly from Sunday.
My Life Is Murder – ACORN TV
For some, she will always be Xena: Warrior Princess. But Lucy Lawless is equally kick-ass – in a different way – in crime drama series My Life is Murder, which returns this week for a second series.
Lucy plays Alexa Crowe, a retired cop turned brilliant private detective, regularly called in to investigate puzzling murders Down Under. Series two starts with Alexa visiting her native New Zealand for the the first time in many years, and swiftly being asked to use her sleuthing skills to explain an unsolved murder.
With plenty of humour and warmth and some surprising guest stars – hello Bill Bailey and, incredibly, the William Shatner – it’s an unexpectedly charming treat.
Episodes one and two are available Monday, followed by new episodes weekly.
Unidentified With Demi Lovato – hayu
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