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Netflix UK: five best new shows to watch in 2016

From the origins of hip-hop in The Get Down to new Marvel hero Luke Cage, there's something for everyone

 Video-streaming service Netflix has hundreds of television shows and box-sets available to watch. Here are our top five coming in 2016:
The Get Down

One of the most hotly anticipated Netflix originals of 2016, The Get Down is an ambitious period drama delving into the New York music scene of the 1970s. Taking in politics, race and religion along the way, the sprawling series paints a portrait of the teenage founders of punk, funk and hip-hop – and that includes a young Grandmaster Flash. With Baz Luhrmann as the show's co-creator, it's bound to be lush, exuberant and just the teensiest bit OTT.

Luke Cage

Following on from the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Netflix is obviously hoping that lightning can strike thrice – or even more. This time, the Marvel hero is Luke Cage, a crime-busting ex-con who gains super strength from an experiment gone wrong (how else?). Fellow superhero series Iron Fist - defeating corruption with kung fu – is also on the cards, while all four leading characters are earmarked to team up for a fifth action-packed offering, The Defenders.

The Crown

Another ambitious original for the site, The Crown follows the first years of the Queen's reign as 25-year-old Elizabeth navigates politics, power and domestic life. If it all sounds a little bit camp, don't worry - Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan should keep things the right side of silly. Claire Foy - no stranger to the royal court, having played Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall - takes on the role of the young monarch opposite former Doctor Who Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh. Third Rock from the Sun actor John Lithgow stars, somewhat improbably, as Winston Churchill.

The Frontier

The world of 18th-century fur trading doesn't seem to be crying out for a TV dramatisation, but with the success of Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant, Netflix may be on to something with The Frontier. Far from business meetings and double-entry ledgers, Variety promises the show will see "bloody conflicts" and "close-quarter hatchet fights" as traders clash with each other and Native Americans. Jason Momoa, better known as Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo, takes the lead, while British actors Alun Armstrong and Zoe Boyle round out the cast.

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The Good Wife

With series seven of the legal drama about to arrive on UK screens, now is the perfect time to get up to date with The Good Wife. Series six, which starts on Netflix in January, sees Alicia (Julianna Margulies) pondering whether to run for state's attorney, while her law partner Cary (Matt Czuchry) faces the more pressing issue of being jailed for alleged drug smuggling. It may have as many twists as a soap opera, but The Good Wife has been called the best drama on television by The Guardian. Maybe it's time to see what the fuss is about.

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