You’ll really want to get ahead of the game on this new Scandinavian drama - the trailer alone looks pretty special
There’s nothing quite like being in on the ground floor with a hit show.
Call it hipsterdom, or plain old selfishness, but you can develop a unique attachment to something if you knew and loved it before anyone else even knew it existed.
Of course, the problem with all of this is that it requires you to watch a lot of bad TV in order to find the good shows, wading through the coalface to discover those diamonds, but we’re here to help you jump the queue in discovering the next Netflix gem.
It’s called The Rain, and it’s coming to the streaming service in a matter of days.
This isn’t a show with a retro appeal like Stranger Things, or a big-name American star like The Sinner, nor is it a documentary on the first incarnation of Oasis - but it does have another supposed secret ingredient for great TV: a Scandinavian setting.
You see, The Rain is a Danish show, with a cast comprising top Danish talent such as Mikkel Følsgaard (A Royal Affair), Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity) and Lars Simonsen (The Bridge).
The broad theme, according to Netflix, is described thus: “Six years after a brutal virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, two siblings join a band of young survivors seeking safety – and answers.”
The Rain will arrive on Netflix in the UK and Ireland on 4 May, and is the first of a number of new shows we ought to be getting excited about.
Other debuts on the way this year include Disenchantment, a new animation from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, while further down the line we can look forward to Sacha Baron Cohen taking on a serious TV role in The Spy.
There’s also plenty of buzz around a new adaptation of The Witcher, though we learned this week that the eight-part series is unlikely to air until 2020 at the earliest.