There’s something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re into horror movies, buddy comedies, intelligent dramas or athletic competitions, we’ve got what you need to stay entertained.
Spiral (Telstra TV Box Office)
Not for the faint-hearted is the gloriously gory new instalment in the Saw horror movie series, SPIRAL – available now via Express Release on Telstra TV Box Office. Chris Rock plays incorruptible and perpetually frustrated police detective Zeke Banks, keen to make a name for himself and step out from behind the legacy of his dad, veteran officer Marcus Banks (played by Samuel L. Jackson). When a Jigsaw copycat killer starts sadistically murdering dirty cops, it’s up to Zeke and his new partner Schenk (The Handmaid’s Tale’s Max Minghella) to track down the culprit and put an end to the carnage. But it’s not long before the pair find themselves playing the killer’s twisted limb-severing games.
Lil Dicky is back for a sharply funny second season in the hit comedy series, DAVE – streaming weekly each Thursday on BINGE. Playing an exaggerated version of himself, real-life rapper Dave Burd explores what it takes to make your dreams come true. Now signed to a record label, he’s been set up in a lavish Hollywood Hills home to finish off his debut album with the help of his best friend GaTa, manager Mike (Andrew Santino), DJ Elz (Travis Bennett), ex-girlfriend Ally (Taylor Misiak) and a slew of celebrity cameos. Co-created by Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm director Jeff Schaffer, the series goes beyond the immature surface gags to thoughtfully examine issues such as mental health, relationships and cultural appropriation.
In Treatment (Foxtel Now)
Following three critically-acclaimed seasons that ended back in 2010, the engrossing HBO psychotherapy drama series IN TREATMENT returned this week to Foxtel Now with an outstanding ensemble cast led by Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. Following the in-home sessions of Los Angeles therapist Dr Brooke Taylor, the new season follows the same format as the previous led by Gabriel Byrne (also available on Foxtel Now) – delving into some intensely weighty conversations with three patients including a healthcare worker (Anthony Ramos), a rebellious teenager (Quintessa Swindell) and a recently released white-collar criminal (John Benjamin Hickey) – all while also working through her own personal issues.
Australian Ninja Warrior (9Now)
Get set for a breathtaking new season of AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR, starting from this Sunday 20 June on 9Now. Following Ben Polson’s historic achievement last season of conquering Mt Midoriyama in record time to win the jackpot prize, this year the series creators have constructed the toughest obstacle course yet – pushing each competitor’s endurance to the limit, with challenges including seven-metre Chimney Climbs, rope climbs and salmon ladders standing in their way of the ultimate test – to scale Mt Midoriyama. Polson returns to defend his title, alongside girlfriend and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Olivia Vivian, last year’s runner-up Charlie Robbins, series veteran Celeste Dixon and Deadly Ninja Jack Wilson among others.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 11 June:
Nobody (Telstra TV Box Office)
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Kick off the weekend with one of the most violently satisfying action movies of the year, NOBODY – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. In this dryly funny punch-a-minute thrill ride, Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell – a seemingly unremarkable husband and father who avoids conflict at all cost. When his home is broken into one night and his son is assaulted, he manages to calmly defuse the situation and get rid of the thieves without any further harm done. But the whole thing leaves his family feeling pretty let down and they make no attempt to hide it from him. What they don’t know is that Hutch is actually suppressing a lethal rage – and that this latest incident might just tip him over the edge, revealing a dark and dangerous past that he’d hoped to leave far behind him.
Based on the heroic true story that inspired the Tony Award-winning play of the same name is the captivating new HBO Original drama film, OSLO – streaming now on BINGE. During the 1990s when the official US-led negotiations between Israel and Palestine had stalled, Norwegian couple Mona Juul (played by Ruth Wilson) and Terje Rød-Larsen (Andrew Scott) opened up a secret back-channel for negotiations between the warring parties in Oslo. Without their government’s approval but under the guise of working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where Juul was a diplomat, the pair – along with a small but devoted group of Israelis and Palestinians – facilitated a series of covert meetings that eventually led to the signing of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords and the powerfully symbolic handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin before Bill Clinton on the White House lawn.
The Pact (Stan)
New to Stan this month is the gripping six-part BBC crime series, THE PACT – with all episodes available to stream now. Set in a family-owned brewery in South Wales, the series follows friends and factory line workers Anna (Laura Fraser), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh), Louie (Eiry Thomas) and Cat (Heledd Gwynn) who spend their days tormented by their coke-snorting, chauvinistic young boss Jack (Aneurin Barnard) – who has let the power go to his head after taking over from his retired father, Arwel (Eddie Marsan). So during a party to celebrate the plant’s 100th anniversary, the women team up and decide to finally teach their drunken boss a lesson. Driving him out to the woods, they plan on taking some embarrassing photos and leaking them online. But when it all goes horribly wrong and Jack winds up dead, they’re placed in an impossible position and must band together to keep the terrible truth from coming out.
Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)
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What do you get when you put a comedian into lockdown? Well, if it’s writer, actor, musician and satirical genius Bo Burnham then the result is the incredibly insightful stand-up special, INSIDE – streaming now on Netflix. Filmed alone over the course of a year in his Los Angeles home and armed only with his wit and a kit-bag of lights, cameras and instruments, the incredibly creative and resourceful Burnham creates a masterpiece of social commentary with brilliantly funny (and catchy) songs that include “Welcome to the Internet”, “How the World Works”, “FaceTime With My Mom (Tonight)”, “Problematic” and “White Woman’s Instagram” among others. Check it out.