Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Telstra TV Box Office)
From writer/director Quentin Tarantino comes the hit summer movie you’ve been waiting for: ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD is available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in LA in 1969, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Rick Dalton – a struggling TV cowboy who now spends most of his time drowning his sorrows with his stunt double pal Cliff, played by Brad Pitt. As he works to re-establish his career, Rick discovers that his next-door neighbour is actress Sharon Tate – portrayed here by Australia’s Margot Robbie. But when Cliff meets a carefree drifter who invites him into the Manson compound, it could spell trouble for them all.
The Crown (Netflix)
Academy Award winner Olivia Colman ushers in a new era in the highly-anticipated third season of THE CROWN on Netflix. Charting the years between 1964 and 1976, this season the Royal family are faced with growing social and political unrest – at a time of leadership upheaval, miners strikes and national scandals. Josh O’Connor joins the cast as a now-adult Prince Charles, learning what it means to lead one’s private life under public scrutiny. While Helena Bonham Carter stars as Princess Margaret, suffering in the shadow of her sister and from the breakdown of her own marriage. All episodes of THE CROWN are streaming now on Netflix.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (SBS On Demand)
Get ready for the refreshingly quirky, absolutely captivating dark comedy series, ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA – streaming now on SBS On Demand. Kirsten Dunst stars as Krystal Stubbs, an Orlando water park worker struggling to keep her family afloat when her husband Travis quits his J.O.B. to climb the ranks of a cult-like pyramid scheme known as FAM. Run by the infamous Obie Garbeau and enforced by his devoted disciples, the rebellious Krystal soon learns that her only way out might be to dive deeper into the program – dragging her friends along with her for the ride. Stream new episodes weekly on SBS On Demand.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
The charmingly quick-witted comedy everyone’s talking about, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, returns for its third season this month on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the 1950s, the series stars Emmy-winner Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel – a jilted Jewish housewife turned stand-up comic, hustling to get a foothold in the male-dominated New York comedy circuit. With the help of her hot-tempered manager Susie, and to the great frustration of her parents, this season Midge hits the big time – setting off on a national tour to open for soul singer Shy Baldwin. Stream all episodes from 6 December only on Amazon Prime Video.
This month, the acclaimed US drama, YELLOWSTONE, made its highly anticipated Australian premiere, only on Stan. Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Costner stars as Montana cattle farmer John Dutton, whose family runs the largest single ranch in the United States. Together, they face constant clashes with land developers in neighbouring towns, an adjacent Native American reservation and the titular Yellowstone National Park. But there’s also conflict within the family, as the four Dutton children disagree on the future direction of the ranch – and dramatically shift their allegiances as events unfold throughout the two seasons. Stream all episodes of season one and two of YELLOWSTONE, only on Stan.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 22 November:
Angel Has Fallen (Telstra TV Box Office)
For a thrillingly action-packed movie night in, dive into ANGEL HAS FALLEN – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Gerard Butler returns in this third instalment in the ‘Fallen’ series as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, this time becoming the prime suspect when he’s the only surviving bodyguard during a drone attack on President Trumbull (played by Morgan Freeman). With the President in a coma and the evidence mounted against him, Banning is forced to evade capture in a race against time to identify the real culprit and put a stop to the treacherous plot that threatens the safety of the entire nation. Also stars Nick Nolte, Lance Reddick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo and Tim Blake Nelson.
Sunday nights just got a whole lot more adventurous with HAMISH & ANDY’S PERFECT HOLIDAY, streaming from 17 November on 9Now. Across three fearlessly funny episodes, comedy duo and best buds Hamish Blake and Andy Lee take on North America in an attempt to plan the “perfect” trip. In reality, their itinerary becomes an exercise in one-upping each other through an escalating series of gruelling challenges and hilarious high jinks – including racing buses in Washington, eating the world’s hottest chilli, dogsled racing in Alaska, a tandem bike ride up the highest road on the continent and even driving cars off a cliff. Strap in for some shocking surprises as the pair well and truly turn the travel show genre on its head.
Zumbo’s Just Desserts (7plus)
Tantalise your tastebuds with the return of ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, streaming new episodes each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 17 November on 7plus. Join Australian celebrity pâtissier Adriano Zumbo and host Rachel Khoo as they put ten amateur pastry chefs through their paces, competing to whip up an assortment of delectably awe-inspiring sweet creations for a chance to win $100,000. The stakes are high and the pressure is on, but there’s no shortage of creativity as these clever cooks conceive the most ambitious cakes, pastries, chocolates and sundaes sure to dazzle and delight both the judges and viewers alike.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 15 November:
Palm Beach (Telstra TV Box Office)
Bryan Brown leads an all-star cast in the gorgeously heartfelt comedy-drama, PALM BEACH – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Set on Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach peninsula, the film sees Frank (played by Brown) and his wife Charlotte (Greta Scacchi) inviting a group of their oldest and dearest friends to stay at their opulent home for a long weekend to celebrate Frank’s birthday. Among the guests are Leo (Sam Neill) and Billy (Richard E. Grant), who were once in a band with Frank, and their respective partners Bridget (Jacqueline McKenzie) and Eva (Heather Mitchell). And while the celebration begins on a cheerfully nostalgic note, it’s not long before forgotten tensions begin to resurface.
Will & Grace (Stan)
WILL & GRACE are back this month for the final season of their hilarious sitcom revival, with new episodes streaming each Friday on Stan. After jetting off to Europe with a mystery man she met at Jack (Sean Hayes) and Estefan’s (Brian Jordan Alvarez) airport wedding, Grace (Debra Messing) returns home to New York to discover she’s pregnant. Will (Eric McCormack) and his new fiancé McCoy (Matt Bomer) are adjusting to a long-distance relationship, while making their own plans to start a family. And everyone’s favourite sharp-tongued socialite Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) ends up accidentally inheriting a baseball team, after beating her old brother-in-law (Patton Oswalt) at a game of poker.
Marvel at the spectacular natural wonder of the earth’s seven continents in the BBC’s latest documentary series, SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET – streaming each Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30pm on 9Now. Across seven hour-long episodes, Sir David Attenborough takes viewers on a majestic journey through the extraordinary landscapes and diverse climates of each continent, revealing how each has contributed to the evolution of the world’s most wondrous wildlife species. From the hostile chill of Antarctica, to the rich biodiversity of South America, the wonderfully strange animals from every corner of Australia, to the hidden creatures of an over-developed Europe, this incredibly revealing series covers quite a lot of ground and is sure to inspire and surprise even the most avid nature documentary fan.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 8 November:
Late Night (Telstra TV Box Office)
Comedic geniuses Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in the inspiring and very funny LATE NIGHT, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. When veteran late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson) is told she’ll be replaced if her ratings continue to decline, she pushes her staff to hire its first female writer to bring a fresh new perspective to the male-dominated writer’s room. When a star-struck yet feisty young Molly (Kaling) comes along, whose only experience in stand-up is telling jokes over the PA at the chemical plant where she works, she sets out to prove her worth – and to hilarious effect. With the screenplay written by Kaling specifically with Emma Thompson in mind, you can understand why the film works so well on so many levels.
Years & Years (SBS On Demand)
What will the next fifteen years look like, given the current state of the world? This is the question answered by the chillingly brilliant comedy series YEARS & YEARS, streaming from this Wednesday 6 November on SBS On Demand. Told through the eyes of a fairly average yet rather close-knit extended family in Manchester, England, the series begins with the birth of baby Lincoln – whose great-grandmother Muriel (played by Anne Reid) ponders what the future might hold for him. Through a series of scarily plausible scenarios, we find the family reacting to and caught up in a Britain rocked by rapidly devolving politics, economic meltdowns, worsening refugee crises and the infiltration of technology into more and more of their everyday lives. With a stellar cast also including Russell Tovey, Rory Kinnear, T’Nia Miller and Emma Thompson, this critically acclaimed six-episode satire will leave you laughing, crying and feeling rightfully alarmed.
His Dark Materials (Foxtel Now)
From HBO and the BBC comes an impressively epic new fantasy adventure series, HIS DARK MATERIALS, streaming weekly each Tuesday from 5 November on Foxtel Now. Set in the imaginative world crafted in author Philip Pullman’s bestselling novel trilogy, each human lives out their life accompanied by a “daemon” – an animal sidekick that represents an extension of their inner-self. When young orphan Lyra Belacqua (played by Dafne Keen) discovers her friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd) has suddenly gone missing, she unearths a sinister conspiracy involving her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and her adoptive mother Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) involving abducted children and a mysterious substance known as “Dust”. Together with the Gyptians – a group whose children have also been kidnapped, an armoured polar bear and an aeronaut named Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Lyra embarks on a perilous quest to the Arctic to uncover the truth and rescue the stolen children.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 November:
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Telstra TV Box Office)
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team up in the action-packed blockbuster FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Sworn enemies agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and hired hit-man Deckard Shaw (Statham) bite the bullet and join forces when superhuman terrorist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) comes into possession of a biochemical agent capable of wiping out the world’s population. Stolen from Deckard’s sister, CIA operative Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) – who managed to inject the pathogen into herself before it was taken – the team will have to race against the clock and around the world to save Hattie and bring down Brixton. Chock full of high-octane stunts and dramatic shootouts, the latest instalment in this much-loved franchise is guaranteed to satisfy.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video)
The action continues in the highly-anticipated second season of TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, with all eight episodes available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video. John Krasinski is back and better than ever as CIA agent Jack Ryan, this time investigating a covert arms deal deep within the jungles of Venezuela. The further he delves into finding out the truth, the more Jack uncovers a widespread international criminal plot that threatens to further destabilise a country that is already suffering from social and political unrest. Also starring Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly, this suspenseful, gripping political thriller is sure to be a hit with fans of the first season and newcomers alike.
The King (Netflix)
New to Netflix this Friday 1 November and playing now in selected cinemas is THE KING. Following the death of his ruthless father King Henry IV (played by Ben Mendelsohn), a young Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet) reluctantly leaves behind his carefree life to inherit England’s throne. But the position not only comes with greater power and responsibility, it also brings with it a legacy of war with France, backstabbing power plays within the palace and the struggle to fully trust anyone – even his longtime friend and mentor, Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Robert Pattinson stars as the outrageously comical Louis, Dauphin of France – sent by his father, the King, to scare off the English as they prepare to battle the French. Based on Shakespeare’s “Henriad” plays, this spectacularly crafted film is directed by Australia’s David Michôd, as well as co-written by Michôd with fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton.
Catherine the Great (Foxtel Now)
Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren leads the cast in HBO/Sky Atlantic’s magnificent political period drama, CATHERINE THE GREAT – streaming from this Sunday 3 November on Foxtel Now. Following the life of the eighteenth-century Russian monarch, this opulent four-part miniseries spared no expense in recreating the palatial settings and regal costumes of the time – while expertly retelling the story of Catherine’s passionate love affair with Russian General Grigory Potemkin (played by Jason Clarke). As the pair plot their political rise and wage war to expand the Russian empire, we witness the sharp wit and endless ambition Catherine was known for. And it’s that intellect and hunger for power that ultimately moved Russia forward into the modern era, shaping the nation’s political landscape and making ‘Catherine the Great’ a name that would echo throughout history.