What are you watching this week? For the latest blockbuster movies, comedy series, crime dramas and live sport, we’ve got you covered on Telstra TV.
Aquaman (Telstra TV Box Office)
For a super fun night in, dive into the underwater action adventure AQUAMAN – streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. This latest movie release in the DC Universe sees Jason Momoa play Arthur Curry, the half-breed son of Queen Atlanna of Atlantis (played by Nicole Kidman) and a human lighthouse keeper. Raised by his mother’s advisor Vulko (Willem Dafoe) to become an expert warrior, Arthur discovers he can also communicate with sea creatures. When his younger half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) declares war on the surface world in a plot to secure the Atlantean throne, Orm’s fiancée Mera (Amber Heard) convinces Arthur to return home to prevent a battle between the two worlds he bridges. Filled to the brim with visually dazzling vistas and heaps of goofy humour, this latest film from Australian director James Wan is definitely worth the watch.
Veep (Foxtel Now)
Back for its seventh and final season this week on Foxtel Now is the deliciously cynical political satire series, VEEP – streaming each Tuesday from 7:30pm (AEDT) starting 2 April. With seventeen Emmy wins under its belt, this incredibly popular comedy powerhouse rounds out its final season with former Vice President-cum-President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) looking to build a lasting legacy after being ousted from the top job – and now campaigning to regain the Presidency one last time. As always, she’s met with frustration at every step of the way, surrounded by her laughably incompetent staff and continually challenged by a seemingly never-ending stream of witless Washington bureaucrats getting in the way of her self-centred ambitions. Created by Armando Iannucci and with an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh and Reid Scott, you can catch up on all past seasons – available to stream in full on Foxtel Now.
New to 7plus this month is the chilling British true-crime miniseries, MANHUNT – with the first two episodes available to stream now and the final airing this Tuesday 2 April. Based on the autobiographical book of the same name by former London Metropolitan Police Detective, Colin Sutton, the series follows the painstaking investigation into the murder of 22 year old French student Amélie Delagrange who was savagely attacked and left for dead in 2004 in South-West London. Martin Clunes stars as Sutton, who led the investigation with almost no leads to pursue. But his team soon began to uncover clues that connected the case with two other unsolved murders in the area – including the notorious killing of 13 year old schoolgirl Milly Dowler. One of the highest profile investigations of its time, the hunt for the killer dominated British news in the early 2000s – and the series has similarly captivated audiences across the nation following its television release in the UK earlier this year. With a second season already announced to begin airing next year, this is one suspenseful crime drama you won’t want to miss.
2019 NAB AFL Women’s Grand Final (AFL App, Kayo, Foxtel Now, Seven)
Following a thrilling 2019 season, the AFLW GRAND FINAL will kick off this Sunday 31 March from 12:30pm (ACDT) between the Adelaide Crows and Carlton Blues – streaming live on the AFL App on Telstra TV, Fox Footy on Foxtel Now and broadcast on Channel Seven (or 7mate, depending on your state). The Grand Final can also be streamed live on Kayo, with an exclusive offer available only to Telstra customers of two months of Kayo for only $5 (normally $25 per month – conditions apply, see website for details). Playing on their home ground of Adelaide Oval, the Crows secured their spot in the final after a stunning 66 point victory over Geelong in the preliminary final last Sunday – while the Blues beat the Fremantle Dockers by 36 points when they came head-to-head in Saturday’s preliminary final. For all the latest match replays, highlights and player stats, head to the Official AFL App on your Telstra TV.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 25 March:
Bumblebee (Telstra TV Box Office)
Fans of the Transformers movie franchise are in for a treat this week with BUMBLEBEE, a charming new series spin-off prequel available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in California in 1987, this fun-filled, action-packed blockbuster brings together seventeen year-old Charlie Watson (played by Hailee Steinfeld) with Bumblebee – an adorably sweet Autobot who transforms into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Sent to Earth by Optimus Prime while a war wages on in their home planet of Cybertron, Charlie repairs the battered and broken Bumblebee – only to discover that the Decepticons have followed him here and are working with a local team led by Agent Burns (John Cena) to hunt down and wipe out the remaining Autobots. Threatening to destroy the world if they don’t get their way, Charlie and Bumblebee are on a mission to save the planet and keep “Bee” safe in the process. Rated PG and scoring 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this is definitely one the whole family can enjoy.
Triple Frontier (Netflix)
Strap in for a tension-filled, guns blazing action thriller with TRIPLE FRONTIER, streaming now on Netflix. Oscar Isaac leads the film’s all-star cast as Santiago “Pope” Garcia, an Army veteran turned private military contractor working in Colombia who returns home to the US to enlist the help of his former Special Ops team to pull off an ambitious plan – to rob the leader of the world’s most violent drug cartel. The crew includes Captain Tom “Redfly” Davis (played by Ben Affleck), brothers William “Ironhead” and Ben Miller (Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund), and suspended fighter pilot Francisco “Catfish” Morales (Pedro Pascal) – all of whom are down and out on their luck, with nothing to show for their elite military service except for bullet wounds and mounting debts. Venturing into the South American jungle under the guise of working for the Colombian Government, they set off a series of deadly, unforeseen consequences when their plot to steal from the narcoterrorist Lorea takes a sudden dramatic shift.
Trust Me (SBS On Demand)
New to SBS On Demand this month is the hit BBC medical drama, TRUST ME – with all four episodes available to stream now. Jodie Whittaker stars as Cath Hardacre, a skilled and principled emergency department nurse who is suspended from duty after raising concerns about patient welfare in the hospital where she works. As a single mother desperate to provide for her child, she sees an opportunity arise when her best friend Doctor Alison Sutton moves to New Zealand with her fiancé. Armed with Ali’s CV, Cath relocates with her daughter to Edinburgh, assumes her friend’s identity and finds well-paying work as an emergency room doctor. But how long can she keep the lie going before she slips up and makes a fatal mistake that could destroy her personal and professional life? Packed full of suspense and with an incredibly powerful performance from Broadchurch and Doctor Who actor Whittaker, this gripping series is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
2019 AFL Season (Kayo, Foxtel Now, AFL App and Seven)
Get excited because the 2019 AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON kicked off this week – and Telstra TV has you covered for streaming every match direct to your big screen. With Kayo, you can stream every game live* and ad break-free during play (*except for the Grand Final, which will be broadcast live exclusively on Seven and available as a replay on Kayo). With an exclusive offer available only to Telstra customers, you can get two months of Kayo for only $5 (normally $25 per month). You can even add the charge to your monthly Telstra bill. (Conditions apply, see website for details). Foxtel Now subscribers with the Sports Pack can watch each match live and ad-free on Fox Sports and Fox Footy, while Telstra’s own AFL App on Telstra TV offers full game replays on-demand (available 12 hours after each match – excluding the Grand Final), as well as Highlights, Player Profiles and Stats to track the performance of your favourite players and teams. And on Channel Seven or 7mate (depending on your state), you can watch up to five matches per week on free-to-air TV – check the official broadcast guide for local availability. And in the Finals Series, the Seven Network will air every match live nationally.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 15th March:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Telstra TV Box Office)
Swing onto the sofa this weekend to catch an animated superhero flick the whole family can enjoy, with SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is just your average teenager growing up in New York City. But making friends at his new school isn’t easy, especially while he’s being embarrassed by his police officer dad (Brian Tyree Henry) – who also happens to have it out for their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man (Chris Pine). When he’s bitten by a radioactive spider in an abandoned subway station, Miles starts to gain super spidey powers. Those abilities eventually come in handy, especially after he stumbles upon a door to the “Spider-Verse” – multiple parallel dimensions, each with their own Spider heroes including Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Written and produced by the team behind The Lego Movie, this immersive adventure film infuses a unique comic book-like style of animation with a coming-of-age storyline that is full of action, comedy and heart.
After Life (Netflix)
Ricky Gervais, the acclaimed comedy writer, director and actor behind The Office and Extras has a new six-part series, AFTER LIFE – available to stream in full this week on Netflix. Gervais stars as Tony, a man who finds himself struggling to care about anyone or anything after his wife dies of cancer. With nothing left to lose and seeing “no advantage to being nice”, Tony unleashes a newfound brutal honesty onto almost everyone in town (most of whom seem fairly deserving of it) – from nosey neighbours to mouthy children, noisy eaters and lazy colleagues at the local paper where he works. Although his wife left him with video instructions on how to manage without her, Tony seems too intent on wallowing in his grief to follow any of her guidance. And though he seems intent on pushing everyone away, ultimately it’s those surrounding him who remind Tony that everyone faces loss and the need to carry on living anyway. Relentlessly heartless, constantly heartbreaking and yet occasionally heartwarming, this unique comedy drama offers something new from Gervais, while delivering the superb writing we’ve come to expect. (Just beware the salty language).
Returning for an epic fourth season this week is BILLIONS, with new episodes streaming weekly from Monday 18 March only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced, high-stakes financial markets of New York City, this intelligently written cutthroat drama centres around the conflict between the mercilessly calculated US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (played by Paul Giamatti) and his prime target, the slightly shady yet cunning hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Last season, the pair were forced to set aside their vendettas against each other when each of their carefully laid plots backfired. For Chuck, his plan to oust the Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown) led to his own ceremonious dismissal – and for Axe, it’s his protege CIO Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) who turned against him to start their own rival firm, ruthlessly stealing out the most high value clients in the process including the terrifying Russian oligarch Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich). Now these former enemies have joined forces and they’re out for vengeance. As Chuck campaigns to claw back his power and Axe fights to take down Taylor, each will need to find out exactly how far they’re willing to go to satisfy their appetite for revenge.
2019 NRL Season (Kayo, Foxtel Now, 9Now and NRL App)
And with footy season kicking off this weekend, Telstra TV is the best place to catch every thrilling game of the 2019 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP, streaming direct to your big screen. With Kayo, watch every game of every round live* and on demand, with no ad breaks during play (*except for delayed coverage of the Grand Final). And with an exclusive offer available only to Telstra customers, you can get two months of Kayo for only $5 (normally $25 per month). You can even add the charge to your monthly Telstra bill. (Conditions apply, see website for details). Foxtel Now subscribers with the Sports Pack can watch each game live and ad-free on Fox Sports and Fox League, while Telstra’s own NRL App on Telstra TV offers full game replays on-demand (available 12 hours after each game – excluding the Grand Final), as well as game highlights, Player Profiles and Stats to track the progress of your team and the performance of your favourite players. Or you can watch select games live and on demand on 9Now, with three games airing per week (Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday afternoon). And in the final five rounds, Nine will also air the third Saturday game, as well as all games in the State of Origin and Finals.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 8th March:
Widows (Telstra TV Box Office)
For a gripping, emotionally-charged heist thriller, check out WIDOWS – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Viola Davis leads the film’s stellar cast as Veronica, a woman driven to desperate measures after her husband (played by Liam Neeson) and his crew of thieves were killed by police during an armed robbery gone wrong. Left high and dry, she now has two weeks to return two million dollars to the ruthless men they stole it from or they’re coming after her. When she discovers her husband’s notebook containing the plans for his next big job, she convinces the other bankrupt widows – Alice (Australia’s Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) – to pull off a sophisticated plot that would assure their safety and secure their financial freedom. Written by the bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, and directed by the Oscar-winning director behind 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, this captivating crime caper also stars Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell and Carrie Coon.
Isn’t It Romantic (Netflix)
Rebel Wilson’s latest comedy blockbuster, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, is now streaming direct to your Telstra TV on Netflix – after having been released in theatres throughout the US only three weeks ago. Growing up, Natalie was spellbound by romantic comedies – that is, until her mother (played by Jennifer Saunders with an over-the-top Aussie accent) dismissed them as nothing more than lies and clichés. Flash forward twenty-five years and a pessimistic Natalie is now living in New York City, working in an architectural firm where she’s generally overlooked by colleagues and clients. After her assistant Whitney (Betty Gilpin) and best friend Josh (Adam DeVine) suggest she try opening herself up to new people and experiences, Natalie gets talking to a guy on the subway – only to have him snatch her purse and knock her out cold in the process. When she wakes up, suddenly everything and everyone in her life has become brighter, more attractive and overly charming towards her. Now the firm’s biggest client, the handsome billionaire Blake (Liam Hemsworth) has fallen for her – and his attempts to woo her are filled with grand romantic gestures, set to Whitney Houston music. Has Natalie finally gotten what she’s always wanted? Or will this absurd new reality teach her the true meaning of love?
Secret City: Under the Eagle (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now this week is the intriguing second season of the Australian political thriller, SECRET CITY, with all six episodes available to stream from Monday 4 March. With the first series based on the acclaimed novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, the pair return as writing consultants for the sequel. After being released from prison, Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv, who won a Logie for her role in the series) was all but resigned to leaving Canberra when she’s offered a job as a media advisor to the gritty new Independent MP Karen Koutoufides (Danielle Cormack). Finding herself back in the halls of parliament, Harri uncovers a covert military operation that looks suspiciously like the work of Home Affairs Minister, Catriona Bailey (Jacki Weaver). With the Prime Minister (Don Hany) in the dark and Bailey on the defense, Harriet will need to get to the bottom of the lies, espionage and complex conspiracies filling the Canberra Bubble before they set off a chain of events that could shatter the security of the nation.
Minding the Gap (DocPlay)
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards and one of Barack Obama’s favourite films of the past year is MINDING THE GAP, available to stream now on DocPlay. A touching look into the lives of a group of young men growing up in inner city Rockford Illinois, the film explores their shared love of skateboarding and its ability to offer an escape from their difficult lives. With a range of experiences including abusive parents, economic struggles and racial intolerance, director Bing Liu documents his own journey, as well as the path of his friends Zack and Keire, as they pass from youth into adulthood – with more than a decade of skateboarding footage and cathartic interviews with the men and their families. Winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction Film and with a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this powerfully honest documentary is one you won’t want to miss.