What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on November 9, 2018
7 min read
Feast your eyes on a healthy helping of fresh new content, available this week on Telstra TV. Check out some of our favourite new movies and TV shows streaming right now.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (BigPond Movies)
For a heart-racing movie night in, grab the popcorn and strap in for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, this time assigned to prevent the exchange of three stolen nuclear weapons in Berlin. But when a member of his team is taken hostage, Ethan attempts to save him and the bad guys manage to make off with the plutonium. With the fate of civilisation now in their hands, Ethan and his IMF crew track the warheads to Paris, where they team up with CIA operative August Walker (played by Henry Cavill) and former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) for an action-packed dash to prevent nuclear catastrophe.
And to celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win an amazing holiday for two to Paris, France – including flights, transfers and accommodation. Simply buy^ (or rent from 21 November) Mission: Impossible – Fallout on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 4 December 2018. ^See website for full details and conditions, including what “Buy” means.
Waco (SBS On Demand)
New this month to SBS On Demand is the entire six-episode miniseries, WACO. Based on the real life events surrounding the 1993 siege in Waco Texas, the story follows David Koresh (played by Taylor Kitsch) and his religious sect, The Branch Davidians, in their ill-fated standoff against agents from the FBI and ATF. When the group are suspected of stockpiling weapons, the agencies surround their compound. But when Koresh and his devoted followers stand their ground, it’s up to FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) to convince the men, women and children of the commune to come out peacefully. Unfortunately, ATF agent Mitch Decker (Shea Whigham) and his boss Tony Prince (Glenn Fleshler) have more heavy-handed tactics in mind to force the group out. The series is cinematic in scale and genuinely gripping, with an all star ensemble cast including Andrea Riseborough, Julia Garner and Rory Culkin as David Thibodeau – whose 1999 book was used as the basis for the series.
The Bold Type (Stan)
Fans of Younger or Girls will love THE BOLD TYPE, with all 20 episodes from seasons one and two available this Friday 9 November only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced world of fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet, this intelligent and very current comedy/drama series focuses on journalists and work friends Jane (played by Katie Stevens), Kat (Australia’s Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they strive for success and live life large in the Big Apple. Reporting to their driven but supportive boss Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin) – a character based on the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles, and who sometimes walks her office treadmill in heels – these smart and capable women help each other to learn and grow through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship.
Don’t Stop the Music (ABC iview)
And starting this Sunday 11 November 2018 is the new Australian documentary series, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – airing on ABC from 7:30pm (AEDT) and streaming on ABC iview. Hosted by Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and music educator Dr. Anita Collins, this inspiring series explores the benefits of learning music in the classroom and the effects it can have on improving academic performance, attendance and confidence. Over three one-hour episodes, a number of prominent international musicians attest to the power that music has had in transforming their lives – as they mentor the teachers and students of Challis Community Primary School in Armadale. After months of training and lots of practice, the show culminates in the students showcasing their school’s new music program with a performance at the Perth Concert Hall.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 2 November:
House of Cards (Netflix)
Back for its sixth and final season, this week is the critically-acclaimed and ruthlessly dark political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS – with all eight episodes streaming from Friday 2 November on Netflix. It’s Claire Underwood’s turn now, as the frosty former First Lady becomes the nation’s first female President, stepping into the leading role we’ve all been waiting for. With a truly breathtaking performance by Robin Wright, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show, this season we reach the pinnacle of a lifelong career of conspiracies, carnage and cover-ups wrought by Washington’s modern-day Machiavellians. With her husband Frank now dead under suspicious circumstances, their henchman Doug behind bars for Zoe’s murder and reporter Hammerschmidt still investigating the power couple’s malevolent rise to the top, Claire’s enemies are mounting and the public wants blood. But this incredibly cunning commander-in-chief won’t be bested – and the results are deliciously terrifying.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (BigPond Movies)
Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies this week is Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the hilarious action-packed sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. Serving out the final days of his house arrest for his crimes in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) is kidnapped by his former mentor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and asked to once again don his superhero suit, giving him the ability to instantaneously shrink and grow in size and strength. This time he’s teaming up with Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) – who is suited up in her own super Wasp outfit to rescue her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, an alternate dimension accessible only by subatomic shrinking. But to do that they’re going to have to face off against the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a molecularly unstable villain searching for a cure to her own condition. Don’t worry, it’s not all as heavy as it sounds. Thanks to the brilliant chemistry between the mismatched titular characters, the film is loads of fun for the whole family – with plenty of tongue-in-cheek gags and witty one-line zingers.
My Dinner with Hervé (Foxtel Now)
If you’re familiar with the eighties catchphrase, “Ze plane! Ze plane!”, then you won’t want to miss MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ on Foxtel Now – a film based on the true story behind the rise and fall of the world’s most famous dwarf. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage plays Hervé Villechaize, the French actor who rapidly rose to fame on the set of the iconic television series, Fantasy Island. When a recovering alcoholic journalist (played by Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan) is sent from London to LA to interview Villechaize, Hervé lures him into a wild night about town in his limousine – recounting the triumphant, tawdry and tragic details of his life story that took him from shame to fame and back again. Dinklage expertly portrays a man whose success was fueled by an unrelenting desire to overcome pain and vulnerability, and whose eventual undoing came about from the bitterness that pain bred. And as the initially dismissive but ultimately intrigued reporter, Dornan’s character is both challenging and compassionate in his quest to draw out the truth.
The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live (7plus)
It’s the race that stops a nation – and this year, you can stream the MELBOURNE CUP live via the 7plus app on Telstra TV. Tune in from 3:00pm (AEDT) this Tuesday 6 November to catch all the excitement of Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse racing event, broadcast live around Australia from Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman, the Cup offers up a full day of riveting races, fabulous fashions on the field and international music acts including Sam Smith and The Presets.
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