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The Alienist will premiere on Netflix in the UK on 19 April

Thursday, February 1st 2018 by Marc Shoffman

Looking for a new Netflix series to binge watch? Netflix has announced it will release The Alienist on 19 April and for once UK viewers are getting something the US won’t be.

The psychological thriller, based on the award-winning book of the same name written by Caleb Carr, will be available exclusively on Netflix everywhere except the US and France.

That may be because it has already aired on TNT.

The 10 episodes are set in 19th Century New York City and explore the emerging field of criminal psychologies or alienists.

The Alienist follows Laszlo Kreizler, played by Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds, and Captain America: Civil War fame, as he is called on to help hunt down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys.

The series also stars The Girl on the Train’s Luke Evans as newspaper illustrator John Moore, who must help conduct the investigation in secret.

The show has plenty of other recognisable names. There is I am Sam and War of the Worlds' Dakota Fanning playing Sara Howard, an ambitious secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective.

You also get to watch The Hurt Locker’s Brian Geraghty as police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt and Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear as Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, twin brothers who help unravel the disturbing mystery.

Shot in Budapest, Hungary, The Alienist is put together by an interesting array of directors from Paramount Television and Turner's Studio T.

BAFTA-nominee Jakob Verbruggen of Black Mirror fame serves as director and executive producer along with Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for Forrest Gump.

Hossein Amini, an Oscar nominee for Drive, and Cary Fukunaga, who received an Emmy for True Detective, are also executive producers.

Serving as co-executive producers on the series are Marshall Persinger of Rectify and Jamie Payne, who worked on The Driver.

How to watch Netflix

There are several ways to get Netflix. You first need to pay for a subscription.

You can get a free trial for a month and it will then cost you £5.99 monthly for a basic package for one screen, £7.99 so you can watch on two different devices at the same time or £9.99 a month for four.

You can access the app on most smartphones, games consoles and also on your televisions through smart devices such as Google Chromecast or the Amazon Firestick.

A Google Chromecast makes your TV smart and plugs into the back of your TV. It costs £30 and will give you access to streaming apps such as Netflix. Similarly, an Amazon Fire Stick costs £39.99 but they are often discounted during sales.

Netflix also comes as a readily-installed app on Virgin TV packages. Prices start at £33 a month. For this you could get broadband speeds of up to 50MB with Virgin’s Player TV Bundle that includes more than 70 channels and its latest V6 box that lets you pause, rewind and record live TV.

It also offers speeds of up to 100Mbps on its TV and broadband bundle for £45 a month, or get up to 300Mbps in a package combining broadband, Sky Sports HD and Sky Cinema HD for £88 a month. All deals have a £20 activation fee.

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