Ryan and Janet from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.

Disney’s Mulan (Telstra TV Box Office)

New to Telstra TV Box Office this month is the epic live-action adaptation of Disney’s much-loved classic, MULAN. Set in Imperial China, Yifei Liu plays Hua Mulan – an adventurous young woman whose parents hope one day will bring honour to her family by marrying a good husband. When the Emperor announces an invasion from the North, led by Böri Khan and the witch Xianniang, he orders one man from each family to join their army and defend the country. Having only daughters, Mulan’s father is compelled to serve – despite his ailing health. To protect him, Mulan bravely poses as a man, transforming into a fierce warrior – whose legendary story would go down in history.

The Undoing (BINGE)

From David E. Kelley, the acclaimed writer behind Big Little Lies, comes a riveting new HBO miniseries THE UNDOING – streaming weekly from Monday 26 October on BINGE.

Nicole Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful New York City therapist on the eve of publishing her debut self-help book, a relationship guide. But it becomes clear she hasn’t followed her own advice when her perfect life is suddenly thrown into chaos. Her seemingly devoted husband, a paediatric oncologist – played by Hugh Grant – is accused of a grisly murder. Throwing a very public spotlight on her family as the case goes to trial, Grace is left to pick up the pieces with the help of her father, played by Donald Sutherland.

Brave New World (Stan)

What could it take to achieve world peace? That’s the question answered in the brand new drama series, BRAVE NEW WORLD – streaming now, only on Stan. Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay plays Lenina, a citizen of the utopian society known as New London – where money, privacy and monogamy have been outlawed for the sake of harmony, helped along with a daily dose of a drug called Soma. But when an outsider from the Savage Lands, played by Alden Ehrenreich, is invited into their Garden of Eden and begins to challenge their way of life, it could spell the end of their perfect little paradise. Every episode of the brand new series BRAVE NEW WORLD is now streaming, only on Stan.

Rebecca (Netflix)

Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas star in the lavish new psychological thriller, REBECCA – streaming now on Netflix. Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic, the film starts with a sundrenched summer romance in Monte Carlo between the dashing, wealthy widower Maxim de Winter and an innocent young lady’s maid. Accepting his marriage proposal, the pair return to Max’s grand family estate of Manderley – run by its sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers. But as she tries to settle into her new home, the new Mrs de Winter becomes increasingly curious of, and haunted by, the lingering presence of her fabled predecessor, Rebecca.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 October:

The King of Staten Island (Telstra TV Box Office)

Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson teamed up with director Judd Apatow to write the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Davison plays Scott Carlin, a tatted-up millennial living at home with his mother Margie (played by Marissa Tomei) and sister (Maude Apatow). Having lost his firefighter father when he was only a boy, he’s still mentally stuck in childhood, with ambitions that don’t extend far beyond becoming an apprentice tattooist – practising on himself and his friends, with varying degrees of success. But when his mother starts dating again and the man also happens to be a firefighter (Bill Burr), it sends Scott into a tailspin – leading to a string of bad choices, including trying to break the pair up. Ultimately forcing him to come to terms with his loss and move forward, it’s a touching take on a millennial coming of age story.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin is the powerfully compelling and timely film, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – streaming from 6pm (AEDT) this Friday 16 October on Netflix. During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a group of around 10,000 peaceful protestors who were demonstrating against the Vietnam War were confronted by some 23,000 Police and National Guard soldiers. Called upon by the city’s mayor in an attempt to prevent the protests, the overreach sparked a violent conflict between demonstrators and law enforcement that saw the organisers charged with conspiracy to incite a riot. The notorious ensuing trial, led by prosecutor Richard Schultz (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), saw the ringleaders including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) risking prison sentences to stand up for their civil rights.

The Spanish Princess Part 2 (Stan)

Returning this week is the second and final instalment of epic period drama, THE SPANISH PRINCESS – with new episodes streaming each Sunday, only on Stan. Continuing the tale of Queen Catherine (played by Charlotte Hope) and Henry VIII (Ruairi O’Connor), the series set in 1511 shows a handsome young royal couple adored by the people of England and proud new parents of a son, Prince Henry, the future heir to the throne. Forging an alliance with her father, King Ferdinand II of Aragon (Antonio de la Torre) against France, the pair find themselves betrayed when Ferdinand conquers Navarre for himself. And with the sudden death of the young Prince, the heartbroken Queen suddenly finds her relationship with the King under pressure, as her position and loyalty is called into question. But her attempts to prove her allegiance by stepping up to command the army, even as she is pregnant, add further friction to their already shaky marriage.

Fear the Walking Dead (BINGE)

Back for its sixth season this week on BINGE is fan-favourite FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, with episodes streaming weekly from Monday 12 October. Finding themselves now spread out between the separate settlements run by Virginia (played by Colby Minifie), our survivors are now attempting to follow Morgan’s (Lennie James) apparent final wishes to “Just Live”. For some, that means fighting back against the Pioneers who forcibly took control, while others will choose to adjust and find equilibrium within their new communities. But did Ginny’s gunshot really spell the end for Morgan? And what will she do when she finds out?

Our favourites streaming for the week of 12 October:

Clemency (Telstra TV Box Office)

Powerfully thought-provoking and incredibly moving, death row drama CLEMENCY – available now on Telstra TV Box Office – is a must-see. In a career defining role, Alfre Woodard plays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden conflicted and consumed by years of carrying out state-sanctioned killings of those deemed guilty beyond appeal or amnesty. When a mishandled execution leads to the torture of an inmate, Bernadine is left suffering from nightmares, struggling to sleep and fighting with her husband (Wendell Pierce) who urges her to leave the job for the sake of her mental health. But keeping it together at work, Bernadine carries on her responsibilities, vowing to treat those in her charge with dignity and respect until the very end. As the fateful day approaches for convicted cop killer Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge) – whose innocence is still strongly maintained and protested – his lawyer Marty (Richard Schiff) makes a final appeal for clemency with the state’s Governor, hoping for a last minute pardon to be granted.

The Walking Dead – A Certain Doom (BINGE)

Fans of THE WALKING DEAD have been waiting six long months for this, but the season ten finale – titled “A Certain Doom” – finally dropped this week on BINGE, after production was halted earlier in the year due to the pandemic. At least, it was originally intended to be the season finale, before the producers announced at a virtual Comic-Con back in July that they would be further satisfying the appetite of #DEADicated fans by extending the current season with another six episodes due to air in early 2021 if everything goes to plan. And the wait was certainly worth it, providing a thrilling conclusion of sorts to the all-out Whisperer War that has spanned the entire season. With impressive scale and special effects, and what appeared to be the largest horde of walkers we’ve seen to date surrounding the hospital our survivors were hiding out in, the gore and horror was amped up to eleven in this episode – and certainly won’t disappoint.

neXT (Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office)

You might look at your voice-activated smart speakers a little differently after watching NEXT, the chilling new sci-fi thriller streaming weekly from 7 October on Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office. Mad Men’s John Slattery stars as Paul LeBlanc, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence who is called on by the FBI to help investigate the mysterious death of scientist, Dr Weiss. Hospitalised with critical injuries after a car accident involving a seemingly hacked vehicle, his life support systems are then remotely overridden resulting in his death. However, agent Shea Salazar (played by Fernanda Andrade), who was close with Weiss, is in possession of a video made by the late doctor where he raised concerns about being targeted online – even stumbling across some suspicious code that LeBlanc later recognises as his own. Belonging to an advanced, quarantined A.I. project called “NEXT”, developed by his brother’s (Jason Butler Harner) tech company, there’s a concern that the human-level intelligence has escaped, is evolving and could lead to a worldwide cyber catastrophe.

The Good Lord Bird (Stan)

Ethan Hawke stars in the critically acclaimed new series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD – streaming now, only on Stan. Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by James McBride, this seven-part series begins in 1856 and is based on famed abolitionist John Brown, who led a diverse squadron of soldiers during the time of the Kansas Border War over the legality of slave ownership. Joining his ranks is Onion (played by Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictionalised character of a young slave boy whom Brown frees from the violent Dutch Henry Sherman (David Morse). Initially mistaken for a girl and given a dress to wear, Onion finds the disguise helps him evade capture while on the road. As they journey and banter together across the country in their crusade to end slavery, Brown’s men eventually initiate the 1859 raid on an armory in Harpers Ferry in Virginia that ultimately triggered the onset of the US Civil War.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Telstra TV Box Office)

For a whimsical comedy the whole family can enjoy, check out the delightfully charming THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Armando Iannucci and based on the semi-autobiographical Charles Dickens classic, the film is set in 1840s England and stars Dev Patel in the lead, with Ranveer Jaiswal playing his younger counterpart. David’s picture-perfect childhood is thrown into chaos when his widowed mother marries the abusive Mr Murdstone (Darren Boyd), who sends the young boy off to work in a bottling factory in London. When his mother dies – something he’s only informed of after she’s already buried – the orphaned David goes to live with his wealthy Aunt Betsey (Tilda Swinton) and her kooky boarder, Mr Dick (Hugh Laurie), inviting into his life a cast of colourful characters including love interest Agnes (Rosalind Eleazar), snobbish school friend Steerforth (Aneurin Barnard) and the villainous lawyer Uriah Heep (Ben Whishaw).

Class Action Park (BINGE)

Prepare to be utterly gobsmacked by the world’s most dangerous water park with the insanely enjoyable nostalgia-inducing documentary CLASS ACTION PARK, streaming now on BINGE. For kids who grew up in the 1980s and 90s in New Jersey, the infamous ‘Action Park’ was a place where summer memories were made. The rides were designed without any regard to logic, safety or even the laws of physics – and the park was run mostly by intoxicated teenagers, who also made up the bulk of the park’s patrons. To get around insurance requirements, the park’s owner even invented his own insurance company based in the Cayman Islands! Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Narrated by comedian John Hodgman, the filmmakers piece together video recordings from the time, interviews from employees and guests, unearthed documents and animations to illustrate just how shockingly crazy the rides really were.

The Comey Rule (Stan)

With the 2020 US presidential election only a month away, take a behind-the-scenes look into the scandal that helped Trump secure the presidency with THE COMEY RULE, streaming now on Stan. Based on the bestselling book by former FBI Director James Comey, the two-part series stars Jeff Daniels as Comey – and recounts the controversial events leading up to and following the election of Donald Trump, played with brilliant nuance by Brendan Gleeson. Starting with his appointment by then President Obama, the personable and idealistic Comey begins a warranted investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server while acting as Secretary of State. While she was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, public statements made by Comey regarding the Bureau’s investigation were seen to ultimately impact the election outcome – and we see how these well-intentioned decisions weighed on the investigating agents, the director and his family. Meanwhile, a separate case looking into Russian interference in the election is opened, with Trump and his inner circle implicated – and made even more complicated by the new president’s demands for loyalty from Comey, as well as his administration’s astounding ignorance of protocols and norms.

The Good Fight (SBS On Demand)

Returning for its highly anticipated fourth season after production was suspended due to the pandemic earlier this year is THE GOOD FIGHT, streaming weekly each Wednesday from 9:30pm on SBS on Demand. More timely than ever, this finger-on-the-pulse legal drama follows law partner Diane Lockhart (played by Christine Baranski) and her colleagues Adrian (Delroy Lindo), Liz (Audra McDonald) and Lucca (Cush Jumbo) at the mostly African-American, left-leaning firm of Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart. With the season one pilot being filmed just as Trump was inaugurated as President, past seasons have focused on Diane’s growing frustrations and unease with the state of the country – even going so far as to join a Resistance group last season. This season begins with Dianne awaking to find herself in an alternate reality where Hillary won the election. However, it isn’t quite the utopia she was expecting, with the unexpected side effect of the #MeToo movement having never happened. The team also face the challenges of being taken over by a multinational conglomerate – and the hamfisted attempts of their new HR department to police cultural sensitivity, while the overarching theme of the season is uncovering the mystery of “Memo 618” – a judicial conspiracy used to the advantage of the rich and powerful.

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