The Rings of Power (Amazon)
Or, as it looks like so far (two episodes in) The Galadriel and Elrond Show. This is Amazon Prime's billion dollar bash at Middle Earth story-telling. Depending on your point of view, you could be elated or disgusted at the fact that Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has been generally mucked about with, but if you're a fan of the films, you're almost certainly going to have a good time here. If not, it won't be for a lack of money thrown at it. You get all this lavishness for just nine quid a month!
Perhaps plans for this production had been going for years. Perhaps The House of the Dragon was coming and Amazon felt they needed something to stand up against it. Both are in their infancy, with the GoT infant just one episode ahead at time of writing. You cannot fault either for the beautiful, undeniable and unapologetic production design. "Can't afford to turn your lights on AND watch the telly? Fuck it, just sit in the dark. The glow of the money radiating off the screen will be enough to warm you over the upcoming cold, miserable months of your normal drab existence, just keep paying us. Everything will be fine."
And just like House of the Dragon, this shows immense promise. We are now in heavyweight television territory, so it had better be good, for everyone's sake. Decent acting with a more flowery, less malevolent script and tone for the most part, the introduction to a head-swimmingly myriad collection of characters is admittedly thick and fast, but there is so many of them to get through. Even Lenny Henry gets a look in, hiding his Dudley drawl very well, as it happens. Time will tell how this battle of the behemoths pans out and if they can live in the same tv universe as one another, but the signs for both are very good. We live in auspicious, albeit expensive, times.