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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

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Posted on January 18, 2019

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We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a date night romance, a gritty crime drama or the latest in comedy and reality TV, we’ve got you covered. And check out our new streaming music app, with enough tunes for you to bop through the weekend and beyond.

A Star Is Born (BigPond Movies)

A Star Is Born - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Whether you missed it at the cinema, or loved it so much you want to watch it again (and again and again) – one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters, A STAR IS BORN, is available to stream now on BigPond Movies. Produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, who also stars in the film alongside pop music powerhouse Lady Gaga, the movie is a touching love story between country music legend Jackson “Jack” Maine and talented newcomer Ally. In search of a drink one night after his concert, Jack unwittingly stumbles across Ally singing covers in a drag bar. The pair meet up after the show and he quickly discovers she’s also an incredible songwriter, but lacks the courage to break out – that is, until he tricks her into performing one of her original songs at his concert the following night. Ally becomes an instant hit and the two begin a passionate romance, for a while inspiring each other to soar as artists. But just as her star is on the rise, Jack’s struggle with alcoholism worsens – and a scathing criticism from Ally’s new manager sends Jack into a downward spiral of drink and depression. With a stirring soundtrack you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks – including the Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song, “Shallow” – this heartrending musical film will give you all the feels and leave you wanting more.

True Detective (Foxtel Now)

True Detective - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

HBO’s award-winning crime drama series, TRUE DETECTIVE, returns for an unsettlingly dark third season this week, with episodes streaming express from the US each Monday from 8:30pm (AEDT) on Foxtel Now. This season follows state police detectives and former Vietnam veterans Wayne Hays (played by Mahershala Ali) and Roland West (Stephen Dorff) as they investigate the disappearance of Will and Julie Purcell, a young brother and sister who were abducted from the rundown rural town of West Finger in northern Arkansas. Spanning three time periods, the story is told from the viewpoint of Hays during the initial investigation in the early 1980s, ten years later when crucial new evidence emerges, and present day when an older Hays is finding his memory is starting to fail as he’s being interviewed for a documentary about the case. Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) and Mamie Gummer (The Good Fight) play Tom and Lucy Purcell, the embattled, recently separated parents – and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) plays Amelia Reardon, a local school teacher and love interest of Hays, who subsequently writes a bestselling novel about the Purcell case. As with the critically acclaimed first season, the latest case has its fair share of cryptic questions and eerie symbolism – more than enough to creep you out and hook you in at the same time.

Black Monday (Stan)

Black Monday - Stan - Telstra TV

New to Stan this week is BLACK MONDAY, a gritty comedy series about the excess of the eighties, particularly among New York stockbrokers in the lead up to the biggest crash the market has ever seen – the titular “Black Monday” in October 1987. Don Cheadle stars as Maurice “Mo” Monroe, the wild child of Wall Street and head of The Jammer Group – a motley crew of hotshot traders (played by Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz and Yassir Lester) who take on the big boys to beat them at their own game. When he’s not riding through the streets of Manhattan in his bright red stretch Lamborghini or doing coke with his robot butler, Mo is making plays and cutting down anyone who stands in his way – including trading some biting banter with the fictional twin Lehman Brothers (both portrayed by Ken Marino). When the fresh-out-of-college Blair Pfaff (Andrew Rannells) crosses his path, Mo absolutely destroys the boy’s computer investment algorithm and his career prospects in the process. That is until Blair unexpectedly claps back, with nothing to lose and seemingly everything to gain. Strap yourself in for some crude humour and more eighties nostalgia than you can shake a stick at. Episode one is available to stream now, resuming from Monday 28 January – same day as the US.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (10 play)

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - 10 play - Telstra TV

Back for its fifth season this week is I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!, live on 10 from 7:30pm (AEST) Sunday through Thursday and available on demand on 10 play. Hosted by comedian Julia Morris and Bondi Vet Chris Brown, the popular reality series drops a group of well-known celebrities into an isolated South African jungle campsite to “rough it” without any creature comforts, while competing for charity in a series of physical, mental and food-related challenges. This year’s Aussie celebrities include Goggleboxers Angie and Yvie; politicians Jacqui Lambie and Sam Dastyari; Ajay Rochester, the former host of Biggest Loser Australia; actor and TV host, Luke Jacobz; and model and Love Island contestant, Justin Lacko.

iHeartRadio now available on Telstra TV

iHeartRadio now available on Telstra TV

While there’s always something new to watch on Telstra TV, movies and TV shows aren’t the only thing you can stream direct to your living room. Telstra TV customers now have unlimited access to the free iHeartRadio service, which includes live feeds of your favourite radio stations and access to over 2 million podcast episodes. And you can even create your own custom music stations featuring hits from over 850,000 artists, with songs from similar artists automatically added to help you discover new music you’re destined to love. Fill your home with music from stations including the KIIS and Gold Networks, ABC and SBS, Macquarie Media, Kinderling and the ACE Radio network – or choose from online stations including popular artists and bands like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Queen and many more. Popular podcasts you can stream on demand include true crime favourites like Teacher’s Pet, Casefile and Dirty John, as well as engaging chat shows such as WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience and Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.

Find out more about the new Telstra TV and discover more of what you love.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 11 January:

First Man (BigPond Movies)

First Man - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing – an incredibly inspiring and perilous journey conveyed brilliantly in La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s latest masterpiece FIRST MAN, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, this edge-of-your-seat biopic explores the demanding decade-long quest for NASA to win the Space Race with the first manned mission to the lunar surface aboard Apollo 11. Exploring uncharted scientific territory, Armstrong and his team encounter life-threatening danger at every turn – and the film brings us along for every nail-biting triumph and heartbreaking tragedy. Based on the official biography, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the film also acknowledges the impact of the mission on the families of the astronauts, with a superb performance by Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (SBS On Demand)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

Fans of the cult comedy hit BROOKLYN NINE-NINE can heave a collective sigh of relief after the cancelled sitcom was revived to return for its sixth season from 8:30pm this Friday 11 January on SBS On Demand. Following the hilariously dysfunctional yet highly effective police squad of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, the series centres around goofball Detective Jake Peralta (played by Andy Samberg) and his ongoing run-ins with their straight-laced superior Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). As season five drew to a close, Jake and Amy were married in true precinct style – but now their honeymoon is crashed by an unwelcome guest – and Captain Holt left everyone with the cliffhanger of whether or not he’d been chosen as the NYPD’s next Commissioner. Produced by Emmy Award-winners Dan Goor and Michael Schur from the team who brought you Parks and Recreation, this crime-fighting ensemble series is sure to continue serving up the wisecracking comic chemistry that has made it an enduring fan favourite.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo - Netflix - Telstra TV

It’s the home makeover series everyone’s talking about: catch all eight episodes of the incredibly endearing instant internet phenomenon that is TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO, available now on Netflix. As the name suggests, this uplifting reality series follows Japanese organisation expert and bestselling author, Marie Kondo, as she works with a variety of American singles, couples and families to declutter their homes and improve their lives in the process. Her technique, famously known the world-over as the KonMari Method, encourages hoarders to evaluate all of their belongings and keep only those items that “spark joy”. From messy flatmates to chaotic families and sentimental widows, the show is brimming with moments to make you shed a tear or two – and perhaps even inspire a late new year’s resolution to do some neatening of your own. If nothing else, you’re sure to pick up a few nifty tips – including the perfect way to fold socks.

Acceptable Risk (Stan)

Acceptable Risk - Stan - Telstra TV

New to Stan this week is the critically acclaimed Irish murder mystery miniseries, ACCEPTABLE RISK – with all episodes available to stream on demand from this Friday 11 January. When the public relations chief of a global pharmaceutical company is found dead in Montreal, his wife Sarah is left widowed again for the second time in three years. A prime suspect in the investigation, led by Detective Emer Byrne, Sarah must race to uncover the truth and clear her name. But it won’t be easy, with her husband’s powerful employer clearly trying to cover something up and the police being blocked from the truth at every turn. Filmed in both Canada and Ireland, and nominated for three Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, this darkly unsettling series stars Elaine Cassidy, Angeline Ball and Nordic-noir favourite Morten Suurballe.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 4 January:

The House with a Clock in its Walls (BigPond Movies)

The House With A Clock In Its Walls on Telstra TV
Just in time for the school holidays is the magical adventure film, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, the film tells the story of ten year old Lewis (played by Owen Vaccaro) who is sent to live with his unconventional uncle (Black) following the death of his parents. He quickly discovers his strange new home is enchanted – and in fact, the whole town of New Zebedee, Michigan seems to be buzzing with mystical happenings. When he is woken one night by a curious ticking within the walls of the house, he finds out that his uncle is a warlock and their neighbour Mrs Zimmerman (Blanchett) is a powerful but kind witch. The elusive tick-tock, they eventually discover, is from a doomsday device hidden deep within the house by its former owner – a dangerous warlock named Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan). When Lewis begins to learn magic, he accidentally summons Izard back from the dead – and together the trio must stop him, and the clock, before it’s too late. Directed by Eli Roth and based on the beloved novel of the same name by John Bellairs, this fantastically funny and heartwarming caper is one the whole family can enjoy.

Bloom (Stan)

Bloom on Telstra TV
New to Stan this week is BLOOM, a mysterious six-part Australian drama series with all episodes available to stream now. When a flash flood suddenly hits the little country town of Mullan, the lives of five locals are tragically lost and the remaining residents are left devastated. One year later, as the town plans a memorial service to honour the victims, peculiar things start to happen. A cocky young stranger, Sam (played by Ryan Corr), appears and begins taunting the police – stealing wallets and cars, streaking down the main street and starting an affair with the wife of a constable. When the law catches up with him and he’s thrown into the local lockup, he suddenly becomes very ill and starts to age rapidly. Meanwhile Ray (Bryan Brown) finds his aging dog Honey on death’s door after eating an exotic plant from the garden – only to have her disappear and return a day later looking younger and healthier than ever. Desperate to help his wife Gwen (Jacki Weaver) who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s, he asks her to take the plant – and when she wakes the next day she is miraculously 30 years younger (played by Phoebe Tonkin). Having unearthed the secret to eternal youth, what impact will it have as they rediscover who they are and what their lives could have been? And what are they willing to risk to retain their youth and keep the plant a secret?

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

Black Mirror Bandersnatch on Telstra TV
Have you ever watched a movie and wished the characters would have made different choices? Well, now you’re in control with BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH, available now on Netflix. Just like the Choose Your Own Adventure books popular in the eighties and nineties, you’ll be asked to make key decisions at various points throughout the film using your Telstra TV remote. At each fork in the road, you’re presented with only two options – but as the movie progresses your choices will have a major impact on how the plot evolves. In true Black Mirror style, the way the story is being told is as much a part of the commentary as the story itself. And this one will leave you pondering the very nature of choice in the cyber-age we live in today – as well as who’s watching you make those choices. You see, the story is set in 1984 (hint: like the George Orwell novel) and follows Stefan (played by Fionn Whitehead), a young computer programmer who is developing a new video game based on a Choose Your Own Adventure book called Bandersnatch (already pretty “meta”, right?). However, the process of writing the novel eventually sent its writer mad and drove him to murder his wife. As Stefan delves into the project, he’s plagued by a sense of outside control (that’s you, the interactive viewer) and begins questioning his own sanity. What will happen next? Only you can decide (or can you?).

76th Golden Globe Awards (Foxtel Now)

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Telstra TV
Awards season officially begins this week with the 76TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS, airing live on Foxtel Now this coming Monday 7 January from 12pm (AEDT) and replayed from 7:30pm (AEDT) on FOX8. Hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the annual ceremony honours the best and brightest in American and international film and television over the past year – as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Broadcast direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, this glitzy and glamorous event will bring together all of your favourite stars – with red carpet coverage streaming live on E! from 10am (AEDT) hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest. Tipped to take home the statuette for Best Picture this year is ‘A Star is Born’ – with its leading actors Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also favourites for winning the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

Why not catch up on some of the nominated films and television shows on your Telstra TV? Here’s where you can find them:

Best Television Series – Drama

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther (BigPond Movies)
  • BlacKkKlansman (BigPond Movies)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Coming soon to BigPond Movies)
  • A Star Is Born (Coming soon to BigPond Movies)

Find out more about the new Telstra TV and discover more of what you love.

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