This Week in Culture: AHS, Nutshell & Evolution Soccer (11/09/16)

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Gather your comfort blankets, a bowl of popcorn, and prepare to hide your face behind the cushions – because the scariest show on TV, American Horror Story, is back this week.

Image via Entertainment Weekly

Image via Entertainment Weekly

AHS is returning for its sixth season, but this is the first to debut early, in September. Even now, with just days until the release, the plot of the show is a closely guarded secret, with various teasers both hinting at the truth and leading viewers off the scent. Following on from ‘Murder House’, ‘Asylum’, and last year’s ‘Hotel’, the most popular theme in contention right now seems to be ‘The Mist’ – though just what that means is even more of a mystery. Evan Peters, who has starred in every season of AHS so far, returns, alongside pop sensation Lady Gaga. But just who will they be playing? Find out this Friday (16th September), at 10pm, on Fox.

BBC thriller One of Us concludes this week. The gripping drama, which comes from The Missing writers Harry and Jack Williams, has followed the families of a young couple who were brutally murdered shortly after their wedding. When the couple’s killer crashes outside the remote homes of the two families, they are left with an agonising choice, and later a devastating secret. Starring Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), alongside veteran actors John Lynch and Juliet Stevenson, the truth must come out in the fourth and final part of the mystery – but it is set to tear them apart even further. See our review of Episode 1 here. One of Us concludes on Tuesday 13th September, on BBC One at 9pm.

Image via PES

Image via PES

The main rival to the FIFA games, PES 2017, arrives in shops this week. With FIFA 17 just weeks away, Pro Evolution Soccer has a lot to live up to. The game has several high profile official partnerships, in Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, and Borussia Dortmund, and was heavily previewed at June’s E3 conference. With the FIFA series starting to gain some pretty heavy criticism (see our ‘How to Fix’ on the game here), could this be the year for PES? PES 2017 is available to purchase from Thursday 15th September, for PC, Xbox One and 360, and Playstation 3 and 4.

Image via Ian McEwan

Image via Ian McEwan

Here’s an interesting premise for a novel. While still in the womb, our protagonist – a foetus – overhears his mother and her lover’s plan to murder his father. It’s Macbeth, it’s Hamlet, it’s Lolita, all your favourite deceitful novels rolled into one, but with a narration from a baby who’s not even been born yet. It’s from the genius authorial mind that is Ian McEwan, the writer of Atonement and Enduring Love, and it’s got hugely positive reviews from critics. Get your copy for Nutshell, which is available now, from all good bookshops.

Finally, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, as our on-campus theatre, the Nuffield, is back in season! The new academic year kicks off with Dedication, a one-act play from playwright Nick Dear, focusing on the scandalous relationship between the Bard, Shakespeare, and the Earl of Southampton. Dear was responsible for the 2011 production of Frankenstein, starring the two Sherlocks, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, interchangeably playing Dr Frankenstein and his monster. Frankenstein was met with huge success, so if that’s anything to go by, Dedication will be a great show. It’s run at the Nuffield Theatre has already started, but will continue until 8th October.

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