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Need to Know
Fallout is an American futuristic drama series based on the highly successful role-playing video game franchise created by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky. Set in a postapocalyptic Los Angeles after a horrendous nuclear event, some citizens now live in underground bunkers to protect themselves from radiation, mutants, bandits and whatever else now roams the surface above.

Creators: Graham Wagner, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Cast: Ella Purnell, Walton Goggins, Aaron Moten, Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones

Why Is It Worth Watching?
The creators of the highly appreciated TV show Westworld are working together once again to present the ingenious story of the sprawling video game franchise – Fallout.
The series opens in 1950s’ America, at the height of the cold war and other events. But before you know it, the story fast-forwards and places viewers in the aftermath of an apocalyptic nuclear war far into the future. In this present-day, many survivors take refuge in fallout bunkers known as Vaults, which are retro-futuristic societies that came about as a result of major resource wars.
In Vault 33, a young woman named Lucy (Ella Purnell) is set to marry a resident of Vault 32. But her big day is completely ruined when the wedding party is brutally raided by surface dwellers led by a woman called Moldaver.
Things get worse, when she finds her father Hank MacLean (Kyle MacLachlan) has been kidnapped by the invaders. Desperate for answers, Lucy (who has spent her whole life in the safety of the Vaults) decides to venture out into the dangerously unforgiving wasteland of Los Angeles and find her father with only the name Moldaver as a clue.


Need to Know
Ripley is an American neo-noir thriller series that’s based on a famous 1950s’ crime novel. In late 1950s’ New York, a down-on-his-luck conman gets accidentally hired by a wealthy person for a unique job that then sees him enter a world of wealth and privilege. Things take a sinister turn when prior arrangements fall through and things don’t go as planned.

Director: Steven Zaillian
Cast: Andrew Scott, Dakota Fanning, Johnny Flynn, Eliot Sumner, Margherita Buy, Maurizio Lombardi

Why Is It Worth Watching?
The ominous but absolutely engrossing eightepisode limited series is based on the book, The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith.
Set primarily in the late 1950s, the story follows Tom Ripley (Andrew Scott), a swindler who assumes identities and runs a fake debt collection agency. Unexpectedly, a wealthy businessman mistakes him for someone else and hires Ripley for a job. The task is to travel to Italy and persuade his wayward son, who’s whiling his time away in fruitless pursuits, to return home to the US.
Ripley seizes the opportunity to make the easiest score of his life. But once in Europe, he strikes up a friendship with the son and eventually becomes increasingly obsessed with his world of privilege and sophistication. Things don’t work out and when it comes time to leave the highlife behind, Ripley is utterly unwilling to do so. Things play out for the worst as he puts disturbingly dark schemes into motion to hold on to his new lifestyle.
Shot entirely in black and white, this shrewd and violent slow-burn is impressively elevated by Scott’s stunning performance.