Forever, Jack Ryan and Preacher: BT TV’s pick of the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video this September and beyond

We round up the best TV and movies highlights coming to Amazon Prime customers.

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We round up the incredible schedule of new series available this September and coming soon to Prime Video:

Available in September 2018

Jack Ryan season 1

Jack Ryan image

When is it on?

Season 1 is streaming now on Prime Video following its August 31 release. Season 2 was confirmed in April this year, and filming is already under way, although a release date has yet to be confirmed.

What’s it about?

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (The Office US actor John Krasinski) stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers and his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and across Europe and the Middle East - as a rising terrorist figurehead prepares for a massive attack against the US.

Why watch it?

It features an original storyline while maintaining the fan-favourite characters, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is an action-packed CIA thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats through every twist and turn. Find out why everyone’s talking about it.

Preacher season 3

Preacher

When is it on?

New episodes are available to stream every Tuesday on Prime Video. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream now.

What’s it about?

Based on the popular, cult comic book franchise, Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. In season 3, Jesse’s quest for God takes him back to the place he's been avoiding his whole life: home.

Why watch it?

Developed by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad), Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) and Seth Rogen (The Interview), the show has an 89% approval rating on review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com. It’s described as "a thrilling celebration of the bizarre... Preacher boasts enough gore, glee, and guile to make this visually stunning adaption a must-see for fans of the comic and newcomers alike".

Mr Mercedes season 2

Mr Mercedes

When is it on?

New episodes are available to stream every Wednesday on Prime Video via Starzplay. Season 1 is available to stream now.

What’s it about?

Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, and starring Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Mr Mercedes is a thrill ride of horror and suspense. The show follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring him to justice before he can strike again.

Why watch it?

It’s adapted by David E. Kelly (Big Little Lies) and directed by Jack Bender (Under the Dome, Game of Thrones).

Forever season 1

Forever

When is it on?

All episodes are available to stream on Prime Video from Friday, September 14.

What’s it about?

Married couple June (Bridesmaids’ Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen) live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, California. For 12 years they’ve had the same conversations, eaten the same meals and taken pleasant holidays at the same rented lake house. But after June talks Oscar into shaking things up with a ski trip, the pair find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory.

Why watch it?

Forever is an utterly original comedy about love, commitment and marriage. It was created by Emmy Award-winning writers Alan Yang (Master of None, Parks and Recreation) and Matt Hubbard (30 Rock, Parks and Recreation), so you know it’s going to be full of laughs.

There are also loads of movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video in September, including Molly’s Game (available September 3), Suicide Squad (September 17) and The Post (September 17).

Coming soon 

The Man in the High Castle season 3

Man in the High Castle

When is it on?

Season 3 premieres on Friday, October 5. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

The Man in the High Castle is a dystopian alternate history television series - based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick - which imagines what life after World War II might have been like in North America if the Nazis had won the war.

Season three of the Emmy award-winning Prime Original series finds Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) grappling with her destiny after seeking safety in the Neutral Zone. Realising that their fates are intertwined, she works with Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) to interpret the mystery of the last remaining films.

Meanwhile, as tensions between the Reich and the Empire continue to rise, Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) returns from Berlin and is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco, where he and Juliana reunite and come to a turning point in their relationship.

Why watch it?

The big budget drama has proven to be a major hit for Amazon Prime, becoming the the most streamed original show on the service and taking home two Emmy Awards.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about The Man in the High Castle season 3]

Lore season 2

Lore

When is it on?

Season 2 premieres Friday, October 19. Season 1 is available to stream on Prime Video now.

What’s it about?

This anthology series brings to life Aaron Mahnke's Lore podcast and uncovers the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell horror stories and their origins.

Why watch it?

The TV series comes from the executive producer of The Walking Dead and the executive producer of The X-Files.

Homecoming

Homecoming

When is it on?

Homecoming will premiere on Prime Video on Friday, November 2.

What’s it about?

Homecoming is a mind-bending psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts, alongside Sissy Spacek, Bobby Cannavale and Stephan James, based on the acclaimed fictional podcast series of the same name by Gimlet Media.

Roberts stars as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. Walter Cruz (Stephan James) is one of these soldiers, eager to begin the next phase of his life.

Overseeing Heidi and the facility is Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale), an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.

Four years later, Heidi has started a new life, living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and is working as a small-town waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor (Shea Whigham) comes to her with questions about why she left the Homecoming facility. Heidi begins to realise that there’s a whole other story behind the tale she’s been telling herself.

Why watch it?

The series comes from Sam Esmail - the brains behind the mind-bending, Golden Globe-winning sci-fi drama series, Mr Robot.

Vikings season 5B

Vikings

When is it on?

Vikings will return to the History channel in the US on Wednesday, November 28, before being released on Prime Video the next day - Thursday, November 29. One episode will be released every week for 10 weeks.

What’s it about?

The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and enter the pages of history, as well as his Viking crew. Later series chronicles his sons' exploits following (spoiler alert) their father’s death.

Why watch it?

The bloody and thrilling drama has been nominated for seven Emmy awards.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 2

Marvellous Mrs Maisel

When’s it on?

The release date of season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel has yet to be confirmed by Amazon. However, it is predicted to be available by early 2019 at the latest. Seasons 1 is available to stream now on Prime Video.

What’s it about?

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is a comedy drama set in 1958 New York City. It centres around the trials and tribulations of Midge Maisel (House Of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan), a beautiful Jewish New Yorker who seems to have it all. Living a comfy lifestyle with her husband and kids in their trendy Upper West Side apartment, she embodies the perfect 1950s housewife lifestyle.

But this all changes when her businessman hubby Joel, who moonlights as a struggling stand-up comedian, confesses to Midge that not only has he been having an affair with his secretary – but he’s leaving his family for her.

Devastated Midge goes on a drunken rampage, only to leap onto stage and give stand-up comedy a go. And - would you know - she’s surprisingly good at it, so much so that she begins to consider it as a potential career.

Why watch it?

Created by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel currently boasts a 96% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating. IndieWire describes the series as having "a much-needed message for our times" with the "appeal of a Mad Men-with-a-feminine-flair production design" and says it's "well on its way to becoming the next obsession for Gilmore Girls devotees".

A critical and popular success, season 1 of the show took home a host of impressive awards including two Golden Globes – Best Television Series (musical or comedy) and Best Actress (television series musical or comedy).

The Grand Tour series 3

The Grand Tour

When is it on?

Filming for series 3 started in March this year, ahead of its launch on Prime Video later in 2018. Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream now.

What’s it about?

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May return for a new season of the world's greatest show about three middle-aged men rampaging around the world having unusual adventures, driving amazing cars, and engaging in a constant argument about which of them is the biggest idiot.

Why watch it?

To see Jeremy Clarkson sporting an elaborate fake moustache and dressed in a traffic warden costume. Plus the banter between the three co-hosts, of course!

Looking further ahead...

Utopia

Gillian Flynn

When is it on?

The series is currently in pre-production and it will be released sometime in 2019.

What’s it about?

Utopia is a nine-episode series from award-winning Gillian Flynn, based on the British series of the same name written by Dennis Kelly.

A group of young adults who meet online are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organisation after they come into possession of a near mythical, cult, underground graphic novel.

They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

“We are huge fans of Gillian Flynn’s electrifying work,” said Nick Hall, Head of Alternative Series for Amazon Studios.

“She crafts stories that hold her audience in a constant state of suspense and subverts the expectations behind her characters. She will deliver Prime Video members a series they won’t forget, and Utopia’s relevance is sure to connect with viewers around the globe.”

Of the partnership, Gillian says: “Utopia is pure creative catnip to me. Dennis Kelly’s show blew my mind, and he has been so incredibly generous in letting me crack open his world and play around in it and make it my own weird, wild place.

“Utopia is all about exploring resonant issues within dark, twisted storytelling - it's a series that's urgent and current and a little ‘holy cr*p!’, but a hell of a lot of a fun.”

Why watch it?

Gillian Flynn is the best-selling author and screenwriter of Golden Globe nominated Gone Girl and HBO’s Sharp Objects - one of the most talked about TV series of 2018.

American Gods season 2

American Gods

When is it on?

The second series went into production in April 2018, but we have to wait until 2019 for new episodes. Season 1 is available to stream on Prime Video now.

The show’s star Ricky Whittle shared a behind-the-scenes snap from filming earlier this year:

 

What’s it about?

American Gods is a fantasy drama based on the novel of the same name by British writer Neil Gaiman, starring Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane.

Dean Winters (Divorce, John Wick), Devery Jacobs (Cardinal, This Order) and Kahyun Kim (Shameless, Freaky Friday) have been cast as Mr. Town, Sam Blackcrow and New Media, respectively, in the second series of the critically-acclaimed Prime Original series.

Why watch it?

The bold and original series - nominated for two Emmy awards - isn’t like anything else on TV right now.

Lord Of The Rings TV series

Jennifer Salke

When is it on?

Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, has said that ‘2021 is the hope’ in terms of a Prime Video release but there are other people who ‘wish it was 2020’, so we shall have to keep our fingers crossed on that one.

What’s it about?

Based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, the multi-season series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema - a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios.

“We are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, said: “We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings.

“Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

Peter Jackson's three-part movie adaptation of the world-renowned literary work earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide, garnering a combined 17 Academy Awards including Best Picture for the final instalment, The Return of the King.

Why watch it?

The television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding the first part of the book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Underground Railroad

Barry Jenkins

When is it on?

The series is currently in pre-production and a release date has yet to be confirmed.

What’s it about?

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will direct all episodes of the highly anticipated adaptation of The Underground Railroad.

Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award and was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick.

The book is about Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

Why watch it?

Barry Jenkins won an Oscar and two Golden Globes for his work on the 2016 movie Moonlight.

Jordan Peele projects

Jordan Peele

When is it on?

Release dates have yet to be announced.

What’s it about?

The Oscar and Emmy Award winning writer-director of Get Out has signed a first-look deal with Amazon, and two projects are already in production.

The Hunt is a drama about a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s who seek out justice on their own terms.

Peele is also working on a four-part documentary series, Lorena, which reveals the hidden truths in the notorious case of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbit, and challenges the long-held narrative that surrounded the event.

25 years on, Lorena is a groundbreaking re-investigation of the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.

Why watch it?

Lorena provides a fresh perspective on the story of Lorena Bobbitt and how one incident laid the groundwork for the modern 24-hour news cycle and increasing sensationalistic media coverage.

Nicole Kidman untitled projects

Nicole Kidman

When is it on?

Release dates have yet to be announced.

What’s it about?

Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and her production company, Blossom Films, are making original series that will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

“Nicole is a force of nature as both an actress and a producer,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“She understands the focus of bringing addictive, entertaining and compelling television to our Prime Video customers as well as movies that will connect with film audiences. Stay tuned for many exciting projects to come in the very near future!”

Kidman says: “I’m excited to start working with Jen Salke and the Amazon team. Our goal at Blossom Films is to create important and entertaining content across multiple platforms, and I can’t think of better collaborators with which to accomplish this.”

Why watch it?

Blossom Films, created by Nicole Kidman and Per Saari, executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning limited series, Big Little Lies, for HBO.

Pictures: Amazon Prime Video / Rex Features

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