Mayans MC

It’s the final season of this frequently bloody but always melodramatic Sons of Anarchy spin-off, and EZ Reyes (JD Pardo) has big plans for the gang, even if some of his comrades might be losing the faith and prioritising domesticity. But the only way to bring EZ’s ambitions to fruition is to fight a dirty war against the Sons – and the rivalry is claiming lives already. Cue much theatrical violence and slightly sweaty glowering and posturing. It’s never remotely subtle but Mayans MC is still a striking, almost self-parodic vision of wild America

Heart of Invictus
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s podcast deal with Spotify was cancelled earlier this summer, there was glee in certain quarters at the prospect that their deal with Netflix might be next. But for now, the Sussex media empire proceeds. This series explores the origins of the Invictus Games, the international sporting event for wounded veterans that Harry launched in 2014 when he wasn’t the populist right’s favourite public punchbag. It’s actually the story of a very worthy enterprise which, on the basis of most of the moving testimony here, has given renewed strength and purpose to many people. The 2023 games take place in September and it’s an institution worth celebrating.

Takeshi’s Castle
Game Show
Erin Carter (Evin Ahmad) is living the dream. She has a comfortable expat existence in Barcelona, working as a teacher and sharing a seemingly idyllic life with her husband and children. But, suddenly, she finds herself in the middle of a robbery in a supermarket and everything changes. Erin deals with the crime with a suspiciously deadly, almost professional level of controlled ferocity and it becomes clear she is a woman with a past. How far will she go to conceal her true identity? It’s never knowingly plausible – but it’s lots of schlocky fun.

The Wheel of Time
TV Series
“We didn’t defeat the dark one. We set him free.” Statements such as this are surely the basis for all the most lurid fantasy epics and, as this series returns, there’s a sense of power running out of control. Adapted from Robert Jordan’s 14-volume series (so there’s plenty of material to work with if audience interest sustains), the show stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, a supernaturally gifted mentor/magus character who finds herself guiding a small band of proteges after losing some of her powers. Might one of her students have a date with destiny?

The Upshaws
This sitcom follows the Upshaws – a working-class family in Indiana who try to overcome their everyday struggles and live a better life. At the end of season three, we saw a major new development for Regina (played by Kim Fields), who got into grad school but debates whether to go. Now, part four has arrived on Netflix with six brand-new episodes, so tune in to see what lies in store for Regina and the rest of the crew.