TV Review: Going Underground to revisit America’s grim past

The Underground Railroad, a ten-parter about black slaves’s efforts to escape their captors in the 1800s, mixes horror with magic realism to mesmeric effect

Thuso Mbedu and Aaron Pierre in The Underground Railroad, adapted from Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name

The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime)

Mrs Wilson (RTÉ One)

There’s nothing like a spell of rainy summer weather to make you bite off ten episodes of a series that, while brilliant in its conception and stunning in its execution, is far from being any realistically imaginable comfort zone. So it is with The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime) – cruel, depraved, in parts magic realism, in parts all too horrifyingly real, yet in the end penetrating ...