What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on April 18, 2019
11 min read
We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a family movie night in, the latest watch-worthy comedy series or a topical political drama, it’s all here for your entertainment.
Instant Family (Telstra TV Box Office)
For a charming feel-good comedy the whole family can enjoy, check out INSTANT FAMILY – streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the real life adoption experience of the film’s writer and director Sean Anders, the story follows hopeful parents Ellie (played by Australia’s Rose Byrne) and Pete (Mark Wahlberg), who suddenly find themselves thrown into the deep end after they begin exploring the option of foster care. Initially intending to take in only one child, they are impressed by a spirited teenager named Lizzy (Isabela Moner), who brings with her two younger siblings Juan and Lita. And just like that, the couple find they must quickly adapt to the complexities that come with raising three children of varying ages – in this funny yet genuinely touching tale of what it takes to build a family home. Also stars Octavia Spencer, Margo Martindale and Tig Notaro.
Fans of ‘Summer Heights High’ and ‘We Can Be Heroes’ are in for a treat with Chris Lilley’s latest mockumentary comedy series, LUNATICS – streaming from this Friday 19 April on Netflix. Across ten episodes, this uniquely Australian satire explores six brand new characters played by none other than Lilley himself: there’s the South-African celebrity pet psychic, Jana Melhoopen-Jonks; Quentin Cook, a real estate agent with an awkwardly oversized behind; Joyce Jefferies, an aging adult film star with a hoarding habit; a seven foot tall uni student named Becky; Keith, an inappropriate fashion store owner; and a twelve year old social media influencer named Gavin. Like most of Lilley’s characters, each of them is equal parts weird and wonderful – and thanks to his unique ability to tap into personality traits that we can all recognise in our own friends, family and work colleagues, they’re each also quite endearing in their own individual ways.
The Bold Type (Stan)
New to Stan this month is the third season of THE BOLD TYPE, with new episodes streaming weekly from Wednesday 10 April – same day as the US. Set in the frenetic world of fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet, this intelligently written and very current light-hearted drama series focuses on journalists and work friends Jane (played by Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they strive for success and live large in the Big Apple. Reporting to their driven but supportive boss Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin) – a character based on the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles – these smart and capable women help each other to learn and grow through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship. The new season continues on from the conclusion of season two in Paris, with our girls now back in Manhattan and forced to face some crucial life choices.
The Good Fight (SBS On Demand)
And perhaps one of the most satisfying dramas on television at the moment – season three of THE GOOD FIGHT makes its much-anticipated return to SBS On Demand this week, with new episodes streaming weekly each Wednesday from 17 April. A spin-off from the much-loved series ‘The Good Wife’, this timely and often prescient legal drama follows the fervently progressive Diane Lockhart (played by Christine Baranski) as she struggles to make sense of the state of the nation under a Trump presidency. A partner at the mostly African-American law firm of Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart, she works alongside Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), Liz Reddick (Audra McDonald), Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) who this season come up against a rabidly post-truth adversary, Roland Blum (Michael Sheen) – a character who draws inspiration from the notorious lawyer and former real-life friend of Trump, Roy Cohn. Thrillingly dramatic, often educational and surprisingly comedic, the series is definitely one to watch.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 12th April:
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Telstra TV Box Office)
Just in time for the school holidays is the heartwarming Dreamworks animation, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD. Hiccup and his dragon bestie Toothless are back, this time to find a spectacular, secret paradise that could save the future of dragon-kind.
And to celebrate the film’s release on Telstra TV Box Office, we’re giving you the chance to win a family holiday for four to the Gold Coast – including flights, accommodation and a VIP caddie tour of Australia Zoo. Enter now at telstratv.com/boxoffice by 3 May 2019. Conditions apply. See website for details.
Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now)
Next up is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year. Gear up for the final season of GAME OF THRONES, returning to our screens on April 15th on Foxtel Now. The last season finished up with an absolute cliff hanger, as show favourites came face to face with the dark enemy we’ve been expecting for years. Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister are now battling it out for the top spot on the throne, which won’t be without a few shocks, dragons and white walkers. Catch up on seasons 1 to 7 on Foxtel Now, and jump in for the next season on April 15.
Our Planet (Netflix)
From the creator of Planet Earth and Blue Planet comes an incredible new wildlife documentary series, OUR PLANET – with all eight episodes streaming now on Netflix. Narrated by the warm and vivid voice of Sir David Attenborough, this majestic series brings together more than 600 crew members and over four years of footage to capture the astonishing beauty of our natural world. Get up close and personal, with never-before-seen footage of the world’s most wondrous creatures in their natural habitats and discover why protecting our planet is so important to us all.
Killing Eve (ABC iview)
Now in its second season, KILLING EVE is an unpredictably gripping drama series focused on the mutual obsession between beautiful female assassin Villanelle and MI6 security officer Eve. After Villanelle’s dramatic escape at the end of last season, Eve was left rattled. Now, both women are finding themselves in grave danger. With plenty of action and suspense, the first episode of season 2 is available now on ABC iview.
Brace yourself for the epic new season of BILLIONS, now streaming only on Stan. Set in the high-stakes financial markets of New York City, this cutthroat drama has – until now – followed the savage conflict between US Attorney Chuck Rhoades and crafty hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod. But, the former enemies have been forced to bury the hatchet to avoid their mutual destruction. With Chuck thrown out of office – and Axe losing clients to his former protégé Taylor, how far will each man go to satisfy their appetite for revenge? Find out each Monday, with episodes available same day as the US. Brand new Billions, only on Stan.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 5th April:
Mary Poppins Returns (Telstra TV Box Office)
“Spit spot and off we go!” The utterly enchanting MARY POPPINS RETURNS is now streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Everyone’s favourite magical, musical nanny is back (played by Emily Blunt) – this time to look after the grown-up Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) and Michael’s three children too. While Mary has barely aged a day in twenty years, Michael has gone from being a carefree boy to a man with adult responsibilities – and after the loss of his wife, his sister has moved in to help him out. But Michael has no time for the wonder and joy Mary Poppins instilled in him as a boy, now that he’s struggling to stop the bank from repossessing their family home. Through his children’s fantastical adventures with Mary Poppins – including bathtime trips under the sea, a journey inside a painting and a climb to the top of Big Ben to turn back time – he’ll learn that seeing the world through the eyes of a child could be just what he needs to save the day. With an all-star cast that also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep, you’ll fall in love all over again with the magic of Mary Poppins in this delightful follow-up to the much-loved classic.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (hayu, Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office)
Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie are back for a melodramatic new season of their hit reality series, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, streaming weekly from this Monday 1 April on hayu, Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office. After the birth of her daughter, an emotionally betrayed Khloe is now struggling to cope with her husband’s very public cheating scandal and the increased attention suddenly thrust upon the pair as a result. Now living in separate cities, Khloe and Tristan will have to forge a new kind of parenting relationship, now that the bonds of trust and respect have been forever destroyed. Meanwhile, Kim and Kanye joyfully announce they’re expecting their fourth child through surrogacy, but Kim is thrown into uncharted territory when Kanye unexpectedly announces that he wants to move the couple and their kids to his hometown of Chicago. Kylie is still shocked and hurt that her best friend Jordyn came between Khloe and Tristan, while Kris is having to cope with the devastating news that her mother is critically ill. Through all their unpredictability, you can be sure that tears will be shed, screaming matches will erupt and drama will reign supreme.
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are back for a deliciously funny third season of SANTA CLARITA DIET, with all ten episodes now streaming on Netflix. Sheila and Joel are husband and wife realtors, enjoying their normal suburban family life until Sheila suddenly falls ill and becomes a zombie who craves human flesh. It might be hard to find the right work-life balance when your partner is undead, but the pair soldier on – raising their daughter, hiding their secret from friends and coworkers, and killing bad people for Sheila to eat. At the end of last season, the pair thought they were done for when their nosy neighbour and Sheriff’s Deputy Anne (Natalie Morales) followed them to the desert to discover them disposing of fellow-zombie Gary (Nathan Fillion). With no choice but to explain everything, rather than horrify Anne, Sheila convinced the cop that she has returned from the dead to do God’s work. Now free from further police investigation, this season Joel delves deeper into a secret Serbian zombie-hunting society in order to save Sheila. Their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) and neighbour boy Eric (Skyler Gisondo) continue to complicate their feelings for one other, and Sheila introduces a new family member to the ways of the undead.
Mrs Wilson (ABC iview)
Settle in for an intriguing tale of love and deceit, with the British mystery miniseries MRS WILSON streaming now on ABC iview. Set during World War II and years later in the 1960s, this incredibly captivating yet disturbing true story stars Golden Globe winning actress Ruth Wilson, who plays the role of her own real-life grandmother Alison Wilson. In her early twenties, Alison was working for the Secret Intelligence Service where she fell in love with and eventually married her enigmatic superior, Alexander Wilson. Also an author of many popular spy novels, Alec turns out to be just as mysterious and duplicitous in his own private life – which his wife only discovers some twenty years later after he suffers a heart attack and dies. The further Alison digs into her husband’s past, the more shocking secrets and lies she uncovers. And while her heart tells her to trust the loving father of her two sons, it becomes increasingly difficult to deny the irrefutable proof that’s right in front of her. Stream all three episodes now.