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Autumn’s TV blockbusters and how to follow them

Numb the devastating pain of a great show ending by leaping straight into one of these alternatives

Autumn's TV blockbusters and how to follow them

Westworld (Sky Atlantic, Oct)

What's the big deal? JJ Abrams clamps his magic paws around a remake of a 1973 film about a futuristic Western amusement park. It's run by robots who go rogue – and when robots rebel they really go for it, don't they? No putting the bins out a day early, just carnage. Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris are on board too.

When you're done... Black Mirror (Netflix). More smart sci-fi, from the piercing and perceptive mind of Charlie Brooker. Season three coming on October 21.

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Goliath (Amazon Prime, Oct 14)

What's the big deal? Ally McBeal and Boston Legal creator David E Kelley strides back into the courtroom. And he's got a hankering for hard justice! Billy Bob Thornton plays a once big-shot lawyer who's now a crushed boozehound, but is stirred back into service on a revenge mission against the firm he created.

When you're done... Billions (Sky Go). A similar high-stakes alpha-male war, excellently acted by Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

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Amanda Knox (Netflix, Sep 30)

What's the big deal? As October lumbers in, Netflix notes the sombre end-of-summer mood and pow, clouts us with a grim true-crime documentary. A one-off 90-minuter about Amanda Knox, convicted and then acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher.

When you're done... The Staircase (DVD). Hard to track down, but worth it. Follows the murder trial of US novelist Michael Peterson.

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Young Pope (Sky Atlantic, Oct 27)

What's the big deal? Jude Law plays Lenny Belardo, the youngest ever Pope. No, come back! It's directed by Italian master Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), has one of the best TV trailers we've ever seen, and is a joint Sky Atlantic/HBO venture. Demands to be watched.

When you're done... The Consequences Of Love (Amazon Video) is a meditative, charming Sorrentino movie.

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The Fall Season Three (BBC, Sept)

What's the big deal? "Erm... how about The Fall, Peter?" is the perfect indignant riposte to anyone doubting the BBC's capacity to produce US-rivalling TV. Serial-killer drama that's as bleak as a Sports Direct warehouse.

When you're done... One Of Us (BBC iPlayer). The BBC has found its thing – total misery. If it smiles, send it to ITV! An ingeniously set-up whodunit.

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