This week, guest star Shahed Ezaydi reveals the ITV series you need to have on your radar, while Kayleigh Dray talks us through three new must-watch titles (and the terrifying world of horror documentaries, too).

What We Do In The Shadows S5

One of our favourite series to date, the much-anticipated fifth season of this vampire mockumentary – starring Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Matt Berry, Mark Proksch and Javier Guillén – explores what happens when a familiar commits the ultimate betrayal: getting turned by another vampire. Hijinks and dark humour aplenty await. Wednesday 25 October; Disney+

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Pain Hustlers

The Dopesick effect continues! This gripping new film follows Liza (Emily Blunt) as she begins her new job at a failing pharmaceutical startup, only to find herself at the centre of a criminal conspiracy – and a deadly one at that. With fentanyl set to be the villain of this piece, get ready for another unflinching look at America’s ongoing drugs crisis. Friday 27 October; Netflix

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Fellow Travelers

Starring Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer, this sweeping (and sexy) political thriller charts the lives and volatile romance of two very different men as they endure purges, wars, protests and plagues – as well as countless other obstacles to their relationship. Be still our beating hearts, quite frankly. Saturday 28 October; Paramount+

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... the pulsating fear of the horror documentary

“Is there anything scarier than a really good horror film or series? Absolutely: a horror documentary,” says Kayleigh. “And no, I’m not talking about David Attenborough’s Life On Our Planet (25 Oct; Netflix) – even if its warnings around climate change and mass extinction make it, quite frankly, a chilling must-watch.

“No, I’m talking about those series that meticulously explore true stories around demonic possession, haunted houses and other unexplained phenomena. Series like, say, The Enfield Poltergeist, which is due to drop on Apple TV+ on Friday 27 October. The four-part series takes us back to 1977, when an everyday family based in (you guessed it!) Enfield, London, found themselves at the centre of a series of bizarre and disturbing events. Combining more than 250 hours of rare audio archive, a recreation of the setting of the haunting and original interviews with the people impacted by the case, it promises to leave us sleeping with the lights on for many, many weeks to come.

“Of course, this isn’t the first project of its kind. In fact, if The Enfield Poltergeist leaves you hungry for more true (and terrifying) events, you can go forth and stream any of the following…”

This one, available to rent via Prime Video, will strike a nerve with anyone who has ever suffered sleep paralysis.

In this BBC docuseries (available on iPlayer), Sian Eleri investigates a seemingly ordinary farmhouse in north Wales that was once known as the most haunted house in Britain.

Oh sure: not every episode of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries deals with the paranormal, but plenty of perplexing and horrifying cases inspire this iconic docuseries.

In 1981, Arne Johnson stabbed Alan Bono to death and tried to claim in court that he was possessed by a demon during the murder. This Netflix documentary explores the strange case from all angles.

Streaming on Prime Video, this documentary deals with urban legends as two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life bogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is a deeply moving glimpse into what life was like for so many individuals and families making the journey to the UK during the 1950s and 60s, from the reception they received when they got to England to the importance of community,” says Stylist writer Shahed Ezaydi. “And it feels even more poignant that it’s being released during Black History Month, with this year marking the 75th anniversary of the Windrush docking on English shores. Taking inspiration from Sir Lenny Henry’s own family history, it doesn’t shy away from showing viewers the harsh realities that people like Leah, Chantrelle and Hosanna were subjected to, but there’s also so much love and joy depicted in the series. A balance that they got just right.

“The way the three female leads blend together is particularly beautiful and one of the standout features of the series. All three women are completely different in character and personality but their individuality comes together seamlessly, with Saffron Coomber’s portrayal of Chantrelle being a particularly brilliant performance in the show. Three Little Birds feels as if it’s remembering a significant moment in history while also being a love letter to sisterhood, family and community.” Watch Three Little Birds at 8pm on Sunday 22 October on ITV

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