Ryan and Katie share their favourites available this month on Telstra TV – as well as an amazing Rocketman prize up for grabs.
Rocketman (Telstra TV Box Office)
Take off on an epic journey through the life of rock ‘n’ roll superstar Elton John with ROCKETMAN, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Taron Egerton stars as the iconic singer-songwriter, whose lifetime of incredible highs and heartbreaking lows are set to a soaring, toe-tapping soundtrack sung by Egerton himself.
And to celebrate the release of ROCKETMAN on Telstra TV Box Office, we’re giving you the chance to win a VIP Experience for two to Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert in the Hunter Valley. This once-in-a-lifetime prize includes flights, premium seats at the concert, overnight accommodation and a limited edition tour merchandise pack. Find out more at telstratv.com/boxoffice.
Now onto its sixth season, Stan’s gritty crime series POWER is back with a show-stopping follow-up to last year’s cliffhanger. This season marks 50 Cent’s directorial debut – and follows ruthless nightclub owner Ghost and his brother in arms, Tommy, on their journey to grow their vast underworld empire. With the fate of Ghost’s love interest, Angela, up in the air following a violent attack, the compelling new season will delve further into the complex, corrupt and deceptive lives of various gang members. Watch the final betrayal in the new season of POWER, only on Stan.
The wait is over: David Fincher’s insanely good crime series, MINDHUNTER, is back for a thrilling second season – only on Netflix. Charting the early years of criminal psychology in the late 1970s, the series follows FBI agents Ford, Tench and Doctor Wendy Carr as they get to know the minds of convicted serial killers – so that they can better solve open murder cases. This season focuses on the ‘Atlanta Child Murders’ case, when at least 19 African-American kids were killed between 1979 and 1981. The team also come face-to-face with notorious cult leader and killer Charles Manson, played by Australia’s Damon Herriman. All eight episodes of MINDHUNTER season 2 are streaming now on Netflix.
The Righteous Gemstones (Foxtel Now)
Next up, we’re given a comedic glimpse into the dark side of wealthy megachurches with THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. John Goodman stars as Father Eli, the head of a televangelist family who have gathered a massive following from their entertaining daytime religion show. But their seemingly perfect exterior is hiding a dysfunctional family business centred around growing their own profits. With a group of individuals threatening to undo their success, deeper rifts form between the family, highlighting the hilarious dynamics between the siblings. This brilliant new series also stars Danny McBride and Adam Devine – and is available to stream on Foxtel Now.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 23rd August:
2040 (Telstra TV Box Office)
What kind of world will we be leaving for the next generation? That’s the question posed by Australian director Damon Gameau in his latest documentary, 2040 – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. The award-winning creator of ‘That Sugar Film’ embarks on a worldwide fact-finding mission, talking to a number of innovators about solutions that already exist to help pull us back from the brink of climate crisis. Addressed to his now 4-year old daughter, Gameau explores radically shifting our electricity distribution to community-based solar-powered microgrids that mimic nature. He takes a look at driverless car-share schemes that could reduce the rapidly growing number of cars on our roads that are struggling to keep up. And he talks to farmers about how they’re improving their soil through plants that draw carbon out of our atmosphere and into the ground to enrich the food we eat. Even if you’re not typically a fan of documentaries, the use of dramatised futuristic visions and interviews with the world’s children make this an enjoyable, educational watch for all.
The Hunting (SBS On Demand)
New to SBS On Demand this month is THE HUNTING, a timely Australian drama series that takes a sobering look into the very real risks faced by teenagers who engage in “sexting”. Starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, this four-part series centres on four high school students from different social and cultural backgrounds who become embroiled in a scandal after photos they intended to share privately were uploaded to a website without their knowledge or consent. Sam Reid and Jessica De Gouw play their young level-headed teachers, who attempt to minimise the damage but are hindered by the school, the parents and the criminal justice system – all woefully ill-equipped to deal with the modern threat faced by today’s ever-connected adolescents. And the series also tackles the growing problem of misogyny among young men, the behaviours in parents and peers that can help foster it, and the effect it has in exacerbating the online exploitation of women. This thoughtful, well-written drama is definitely a must-see. Parents who are looking for resources to discuss cyberbullying and online safety with their kids can also head over to the SBS Educational Resources page here.
The Victim (Foxtel Now)
If you’re a fan of British crime dramas like ‘Broadchurch’ or ‘Happy Valley’, check out the gripping new BBC drama THE VICTIM – with all four episodes available on Foxtel Now. After husband and father Craig Myers (played by James Harkness) is seemingly attacked at random in his home, sending him to hospital with serious head injuries, he soon learns that he was targeted because he’s been accused online of murdering a child fifteen years earlier. He would have been a fourteen-year-old child himself at the time and grieving mother Anna Dean (Kelly Macdonald) believes she has finally uncovered the protected identity of her son’s juvenile killer. But is she right – or is this a case of mistaken identity? And if Craig really did murder her son, does she have a right to know? Or is she now the criminal, conspiring to murder a potentially innocent man? This darkly riveting miniseries will have you guessing all the way to the very end.
The Terror: Infamy (Amazon Prime Video)
And back for a haunting second season is Amazon Prime Video’s critically acclaimed anthology thriller series, THE TERROR. Based on real-life events but with a fitting supernatural horror element added into the mix, the first season of this prestige drama was set in 1845 and focused on the British Royal Navy becoming iced-in while pioneering the perilous Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean. Trapped and with dwindling supplies, the crew became stir-crazy and were tormented as much by the inhospitable landscape as each other. Season two jumps forward to World War II and covers the little-known story of Japanese-American internment, where hundreds of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes by the government and placed into detention from 1942 to 1945. Focusing on the community of Terminal Island in California, this suspenseful ten-episode season follows Chester Nakayama (played by Derek Mio) and his family and friends who were forced to combat abuse at the hands of their own country, as well as a sinister force behind a string of mysterious deaths within the camp. The season also stars George Takei, who was himself imprisoned during the war and served as a consultant on the series.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 16th August:
The Hustle (Telstra TV Box Office)
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as a pair of flimflamming femme fatales in the scandalously hilarious buddy comedy, THE HUSTLE – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Hathaway plays Josephine Chesterfield, an elegantly captivating British con-artist seducing her way through the French Riviera and taking the world’s richest men for everything they’re worth. Sophisticated and methodical in her work, she’s intrigued when she witnesses a successful swindle pulled off by brazenly boisterous Aussie fraudster, Penny Rust (Wilson). Agreeing to take the rough diamond under her wing and teach her the ways of the more discerning deceptress, Josephine ultimately decides to team up with Penny to take on a young billionaire tech whiz (Alex Sharp). Based on the 1988 movie, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, this female-led remake will make you giggle and gasp all the way through your next movie night-in.
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back, this time beneath the glistening lights of 1980s Las Vegas in season three of GLOW – with all episodes streaming now on Netflix. After their K-DTV show was cancelled last season, the team pulled up stumps and moved across the Nevada desert to produce a nightly floorshow in the Fan-Tan Casino. Now living together in close quarters, this ragtag group of former soap stars and their disgruntled director will have to balance the vices of Sin City with the daily demands of their live-action comedic wrestling gig. Now a producer on the show, lead cast member Debbie (played by Betty Gilpin) is questioning her choices since she’s living in a different state from her baby boy. Suddenly newlyweds at the end of last season, Bash (Chris Lowell) and Rhonda (Kate Nash) are now getting to know each other under the scrutiny of the entire cast. And show director Sam (Marc Maron) and overthinking cast member Ruth (Alison Brie) continue their will-they-won’t-they courtship.
Succession (Foxtel Now)
The Roy family power struggle continues as HBO’s SUCCESSION steamrolls its way into a riveting second season this week, streaming each Monday from 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. After numerous attempts last season to overthrow their father as CEO of the family-owned media empire, Waystar Royco, the Roy siblings ultimately lost out when patriarch Logan (played by Brian Cox) outplayed his scheming son Kendall (Jeremy Strong) who was plotting to seize the top job. With Logan back on top and seemingly stronger than ever, daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) is still wary of her father’s manipulations as her new husband Tom uses a scandal he uncovered to vie for a new position in the firm. Greg (Nicholas Braun) grapples with working for the company’s divisive news outlet, while Connor (Alan Ruck) rolls forward with his presidential candidacy. All the while, youngest son Roman (Kieran Culkin) continues to pepper some of the most viciously biting one-liners throughout the new season.
Step back in time to the seedy underbelly of Sydney’s Kings Cross in the 1980s with LES NORTON, streaming each Sunday from 8:45pm on ABC iview. Based on the beloved series of novels by Australian author Robert G. Barrett, this 10-part comedy-drama series follows loveable larrikin Les as he escapes a chequered past in the Queensland outback to disappear into the haze of Sydney’s burgeoning nightlife. Almost as broad as he is tall, Les (played by Alexander Bertrand) does anything but blend in and finds his place quickly, landing a job as a bouncer and fixer at an underground gaming den in the back alleys of the Cross. Living in beachside Bondi and playing rugby league for the local club, the self-proclaimed “blood nut” is also a hit with the ladies – with the exception of his nemesis, the gutsy Surry Hills brothel madam Doreen Bognor (Rebel Wilson). David Wenham also stars in the series as Les’s mobster boss Price Galese, the casino owner based on real-world crime figure Perc Galea.
Our favourites streaming for the week 9th August:
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Telstra TV Box Office)
A loRyan Reynolds stars as everyone’s favourite furry yellow friend in the adorably goofy, POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Set among the neon lights of Ryme City where humans and Pokémon live together side-by-side, former Pokémon trainer, Tim Goodman (played by Justice Smith), returns home following the sudden disappearance of his father, Harry. There, he meets his dad’s former police detective partner – a talking Pikachu who only Tim seems to understand. Suffering from amnesia but convinced that Harry was taken against his will during a case they were working on, Pikachu persuades Tim to help him investigate the sinister conspiracy at the centre of it all. Packed with plot twists, cute one-liners and more CGI Pokémon than you can throw a Pokéball at, this is one fun flick the whole family can enjoy.
Finally, television’s most intimate and entertainingly candid late-night chat show has a place to call home down under: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN is now streaming on hayu! Recorded live from New York City in the WWHL “Clubhouse”, each half-hour episode sees host Andy Cohen joined by Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and reality show stars to dish the goss on the latest pop culture headlines. Posing the questions other hosts dare not ask, Andy’s recurring segment ‘Plead the Fifth’ gives guests the third-degree with only one pass allowed. After they’ve been loosened up with drinks, served on a “shotski” by the rotating roster of reality star bartenders, there’s no telling what will come out of their mouths – especially with the audience at home calling in live to ask them exactly what we all want to know.
After retreating from our screens exactly nineteen years ago, beloved Aussie comedy series SEACHANGE returned this week – with new episodes airing Wednesday nights on 9Now. A lot has changed since Laura Gibson (Sigrid Thornton) last fled the big smoke for the sleepy seaside hamlet of Pearl Bay – Laura’s now approaching 60, she’s just been sacked from a volunteering stint in Africa, and upon returning, she finds out that her estranged daughter Miranda (now played by Brooke Satchwell) is pregnant. Now a Park Ranger, Miranda is up against the sand mining company Striplands who want to develop their pristine coastal town, but she faces an unexpected challenge in the form of their dishy marine biologist, Findlay (Darren McMullen). There’s a new police sergeant in town (Katrina Milosevic) and a new pub proprietor (Dan Wylie). But some things are as familiar as ever: the shifty Bob Jelly (John Howard) is still up to his old tricks – causing friction with his lovable wife Heather (Kerry Armstrong), the charmingly simple Kev (Kevin Harrington) is still running the local caravan park, and the town is still plagued by freak storms (the bridge into town has finally been fixed – let’s see how long it holds).
The Bachelor Australia (10 play)
Bachie is back for 2019, with thinking-woman’s crumpet Matt Agnew steaming up our screens last week as the new season of THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA returned on 10 play. Looking for love among 28 diverse bachelorettes, the multilingual astrophysicist will bunker down in the Bachelor Mansion for the next seven weeks until one lucky lady unlocks the key to his heart. Hosted by Osher Günsberg, this stellar series is sure to be filled to the brim with mushy romance, scandalous drama, laughs aplenty and more than a few tears as the contestants compete to spend one-on-one time with Matt – including some incredibly epic dates that will reportedly involve skydiving, fire twirling and even flying a fighter-jet. Grab the popcorn and tune in each Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30pm – this season is going to be out of this world!