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The best Films, shows & music coming in 2017

Thomas Theodore tells you what’s going on in 2017

TELEVISION

On the small screen, The Get Down continues, as does Narcos and a second series of Stranger Things. David Lynch’s cult classic Twin Peaks also returns, 25 years after its inconclusive climax.

Last year I wrote about Young Pope, the Sky series which cast Jude Law as an ultra conservative head of the Catholic church. Well, it got knocked back a year but it’s due to arrive on our screens in early 2017, and looks as wild as it sounds.

After five years away Curb Your Enthusiasm returns and there’ll be new Star Trek, Orange Is The New Black, Bojack Horseman and Last Chance U on Netflix. 

Bojack Horseman and Princess Carolyn ()

 

CINEMA

The year’s first major cultural event is the cinema release of T2: Trainspotting, the sequel to the era-defining mid-’90s drug-addled, baby-on-the-ceiling CHOOSE A F**KING big television classic. We’re talking original cast – Renton, Sickboy, Spud, Begby, Diane – and another killer soundtrack. I was seven when the original came out, and I’m excited.

The other heavyweight franchise extension is Blade Runner 2049, the follow up to Ridley Scott’s garish sci-fi thriller. If you’re looking for something that’s not a sequel, watch La La Land, made by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Warning: it’s a musical, in the classic Hollywood style, but don’t let that put you off. 

If you’re into manly stuff, Second World War flick Hacksaw Ridge is ace. Another incredible, and strange film, is Moonlight, which explores masculinity, homosexuality and an upbringing in Miami.

Oh, and then there’s plenty of other films with explosions and stuff (Star Wars 8) but you can read about them literally anywhere. 

T2: Trainspotting ()

 

GAMES

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out in the autumn. Developers Rockstar, who also make GTA (obvs), are pretty good at generating a spectacle around a release, but this is undoubtedly the biggest game of the year.

Nintendo Switch is due out in March, with Zelda, Mario and Mario Kart as early releases. Time will tell whether people follow the initial advert, and walk their dog, drive their car, or go to a hotel while still playing the console, or whether it’s all just more Nintendo gimmicky-ness. 

Nintendo Switch Zelda ()

 

MUSIC

After the R&B and rap domination of 2016, it’s the turn of the world’s best bands this year. Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, The National, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, and Gorillaz all have records en route.

Radiohead are scheduled to headline Glastonbury, and Metallica will probably tour. Elsewhere, rumours continue about a potential Kanye/Drake record but Kanye likes to troll us. You can look forward to seeing artists that released records this year (Frank Ocean, Solange) on the road, too. 

Drake and Kanye ()

 

SPACE

America’s return to manned spaceflight is probably the year’s biggest intergalatic news. NASA retired the Space Shuttle in 2011 and since then it’s been the Russian Soyuz rocket that has ferried astronauts back and forth, but this year, that’s about to change.

That’s because Elon Musk – that real-life Tony Stark who thinks we live in the Matrix – has been funding SpaceX, his own space exploration endeavour. NASA has paid SpaceX $2.6 billon for use of the Dragon 2, and has planned a total of five manned trips to the International Space Station using it. The Dragon 2 holds seven astronauts, has an engine built by a 3D printer, and will be able to self-dock at the ISS.

Astronaut at space station ()

Photos: Getty Images; GOOD MUSIC/XPOSURE; NASA

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