Our pick of the best new shows to hit Lightbox this September, including a slew of incredible nature documentaries and the final season of Lost Girl express from the US.
Doctor Who Season Eight (out now)
Doctor Who has been morphing, time travelling and regenerating since 1963, and shows no sign of slowing down. The latest season to come to Lightbox features a whole new Doctor, transformed from the boyish bow tie of Matt Smith to the hard ass hoodie-wearer Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It).
So what does he bring to the role? Is he all eyebrows, or is there something incredible lurking under the surface not unlike a TARDIS? Watch Jose Barbosa’s video essay below and then dive into season right to make your own mind up. Allons-y!
Lost Girl Season Five, Part Two (episode nine out now)
“Life is hard when you don’t know who you are” muses Lost Girl’s Bo, “but it’s so much harder when you don’t know what you are.” Supernatural drama Lost Girl is in it’s fifth and final season, the second part of which is arriving exclusively to Lightbox this month. The main character Ana discovers that she is a succubus during puberty, (supernatural being with powers in the sexual realm) and finds a way to use her abilities to help others. Winky face emoji.
With our vigilante vixen doing good in the real world, whilst juggling her Fae (fairy) origins, Lost Girl is like the sexy wine match to Buffy (or the chaste younger sister of True Blood). Episode nine is out now, and there will be one episode delivered express from the US from September 14.
Sons of Anarchy Season Seven (September 16th)
Get your leathers ready, the seventh season of Sons of Anarchy roars into Lightbox mid-September. If you aren’t familiar, this pull-no-punches crime series follows a close-knit family of bikie outlaws. I won’t spoil too much about where we’re at in season seven, but let’s just say it picks up a week after a devastating blow to the family. With two weeks until blast off, there’s still plenty of time to catch up.
NHNZ docos (release throughout month)
NHNZ has long been a powerhouse for producing extraordinary factual content. Lightbox will be releasing their hour-long nature documentaries throughout September, ranging from the extremely cute (Awesome Pawsome, Panda Nursery) to the intensely ominous-sounding (Ghosts of Gondwana, Tropic Gothic).
ZooMoo (date TBC)
This locally-produced children’s television channel is launching on Lightbox this month, promising “all animals, all the time”. Ideal for the ages of 3-7 (although I’m 24 and frankly, keen), ZooMoo combines real wildlife footage with puppetry and animation to create a whole new kid-friendly beast. There’s a baby monkey DJ and a lemur who eats camembert – what more could you want?!
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