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Why it’s worth your time:

Think Lost meets Midsommar, with a generous helping of The Wicker Man thrown in for good measure. Needless to say, the creep factor is high here. The story is divided into two three-episode segments — “Summer” and “Winter” — both of which center around an island off the coast of Britain and its mysterious inhabitants. Jude Law stars in “Summer” as a man with a painful past who is drawn to the island and begins to lose his grip on reality as he discovers its dark secrets. Then, in “Winter,” Naomi Harris takes the spotlight as a mom who travels there with her daughters on holiday and lands in the middle of an intense clash between two factions of locals.

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Jude Law stars in The Third Day
The takeaway:

Spooky towns filled with secrets may be nothing new, but there’s one aspect of this series that is unprecedented. In between the two segments, a special theatrical event titled “Autumn,” is set to be filmed in real time, one single take for 12 hours straight. It will feature members of the show’s cast, including Law, as well as guest stars like Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine. The recorded event will be released online Oct.3, not long after the final episode of “Summer” airs.

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