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Psychological thrillers, dark comedy and more: Our pick of the best dramas on TG4 this season

Plus, choose your favourites with our Prataí Lofa rating tool.

ALTHOUGH IT’S NEVER easy to say goodbye to the long days and short nights of summer, the arrival of autumn and winter makes for the perfect time to start a new TV series (or four).

TG4 has long had a reputation for being the Irish home of high-profile TV dramas, from The Wire to Breaking Bad. That journey continues with the latest addition to its schedule, Australian drama Stateless, which starts tonight at 10:30pm.

But how does Stateless compare with some of the other incredible dramas available to stream for free on the TG4 Player, from Scandi crime shows to a George Clooney favourite?

We want to help TG4 create the ultimate ranking of dramas from its streaming library, but we need your help, which is why we’ve created a brand new series-rating tool Prataí Lofa (that’s Rotten Spuds for the non-Gaeilgeoirí).

We’ve picked four must-see dramas from the TG4 Player below, and shared our rating out of ten for each. See how your rating compares to ours and everybody else’s below… 

1. Stateless 

If you’re looking for a new series to get your teeth stuck into, Stateless is the perfect solution. Co-created by Cate Blanchett, the gripping drama follows four strangers (Sofie, Ameer, Cam and Clare) whose lives collide at Barton Immigration Detention Centre in the middle of the Australian desert.

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Free-spirited airline hostess Sofie is on the run from a dangerous cult and ends up at the detention centre claiming she’s Eva Hoffman, Afghan man Ameer is fleeing persecution with his wife and two daughters, young father Cam reluctantly accepts a job at the centre to provide for his family, and Clare faces many challenges as she undertakes the role of General Manager.

The six-part series starts on TG4 tonight at 10:30pm, with a new episode airing every week. Looking forward to tuning in? We’ve given this one top marks – let us know your rating below.


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2. The Killing

Set in Copenhagen and first aired in 2007, The Killing is a Danish police thriller series. The storyline revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund and follows a murder case day-by-day, with each episode covering 24 hours of the investigation. Expect plenty of plot twists throughout the BAFTA-winning series, which you can watch on the TG4 Player here. We’ve rated this one 9/10. Tell us what you think below.

The Killing

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Give this series your rating out of 10! What's your take on The Killing?


3. Catch 22

Based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Joseph Heller, Catch 22 is a dark comedy miniseries which first came to screens in 2019. The five-part programme follows United States Army Air Force Captain John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott) in World War II, who is furious that thousands of people are trying to kill him. George Clooney is one of the directors, and also appears in the series. Watch it on the TG4 Player here. Our score for this satirical show is 8/10 – now tell us what you think below. 

Catch 22

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4. The Bridge

With four seasons available on the TG4 Player, The Bridge (2011) is an ideal option if you’re looking for something to binge watch. The crime TV series begins when a body is found on the bridge exactly on the Denmark and Sweden border. The discovery launches an investigation between Swedish police detective Saga Norén and Danish inspector Martin as they work together to find the killer. We’ve given this an almost perfect 9/10, tell us what you think below. 

The Bridge

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Give this show your rating out of 10! What's your take on The Bridge?


Get stuck into new drama series Stateless, starting tonight, Wednesday October 6 at 10.30pm free to air on TG4. Missed it? Catch up via the TG4 Player. 

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