The start of the fourth quarter means there’s a glut of fresh TV viewing to look forward to. And frankly, during days drenched in bad and bizarre news, the screen offers a smidgen of escape we could all do with — a tiny, fleeting dose of miracle and wonder.

Leading the pack is The Crown season 3 (starring HRH Olivia Colman), which premieres in mid-November. There’s also a final turn from the Modern Family cast on the near horizon, and the latest instalments of The Good Place, Empire, The Blacklist and Peaky Blinders. Plus, of course, there’s a bevy of hot new shows to make excuses to stay in for. They include HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s cult fantasy novels, His Dark Materials, and Netflix’s outlandish dark comedy The Politician, which will make you look at high school politics in a new light...

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