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2021: ones to watch

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Read it before you see it.

Here are the hottest titles hitting small (or big) screens in 2021. It's going to be a jam-packed year of entertainment, with plenty to read and then watch. What do you think, is the book or TV/film adaptation better?

Now a major motion picture

The Drover's Wife

The Drover's Wife is utterly authentic, brilliantly plotted, thoroughly harrowing and entirely of our times exploring race, gender, violence and inheritance.

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Now a major Netflix original drama

The One

A unique and heart-stopping psychological thriller perfect for fans of Michelle Richmond's The Marriage Pact and Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door

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Now a major motion picture from Apple TV+

Cherry

Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin

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Now a Sky Cinema original film

SAS: Red Notice

Now a Sky Cinema original film starring Outlander's Sam Heughan, and Andy Serkis

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Now a Netflix film

The Dig

A brilliantly realised account of the most famous archeological dig in British history, now a major motion picture starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James.

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Now a major BBC TV drama

On the Trail of the Serpent

Soon to be the subject of a major BBC TV drama, this is the only full-length study of Charles Sobrhaj - one of the world's greatest conmen, and notorious serial killers.

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Now a limited series on HBO Max

The Flight Attendant

Now a limited series on HBO Max starring Kaley Cuoco and Rosie Perez, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: a flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man—and no idea what happened.

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Season 4 now on SBS

The Handmaid's Tale

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

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Now a HBO original documentary

Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)

Tina Turner: My Love Story will chart the full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner’s 60th year in the industry.

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Now a Stan series

Made for Love

A gloriously absurd and hugely entertaining satire about intimacy and love from the provocative writer of the acclaimed novel Tampa. Soon to be a HBO series.

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