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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn September 25, 2020

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

Enola Holmes (Netflix)

Get set for mystery and adventure with the teenage sister of the world’s greatest detective, ENOLA HOLMES – streaming now on Netflix. Based on the novel series by Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown and Helena Bonham Carter play Enola and her unconventional mother, Mrs Holmes. When Enola wakes on her sixteenth birthday to find her mother suddenly missing, she’s taken in by her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock, played by Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill. The pair send Enola off to finishing school to become a proper young lady. But it’s not long before she outsmarts them and escapes, teaming up with karate instructor Edith and the young Lord Tewksbury to solve the curious case of her mother’s disappearance.

Power Book II: Ghost (Stan)

From Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp comes the brand new season of Power – POWER BOOK II: GHOST – streaming now, only on Stan. When Tasha St. Patrick is arrested for the murder of her husband, her son Tariq finds himself truly on his own for the first time. With his mother in jail and his father in the ground, it’s now up to Tariq to get her out – and find a way to pay for the best defense lawyer he can find, played by Cliff “Method Man” Smith. As pressure from the US Attorney mounts, Tariq sees an opportunity to profit from the drug-fuelled parties at his Ivy League college. But getting into business with the ruthless Monet Stewart Tejada, played by Mary J. Blige, could end up changing Tariq in ways he never could have imagined. Watch new episodes of POWER BOOK II: GHOST weekly, only on Stan.

Lazy Susan (Telstra TV Box Office)

For an offbeat comedy with a lot of heart, take LAZY SUSAN for a spin this month on Telstra TV Box Office. Sean Hayes plays Susan, a self-absorbed slacker who spends her days making vision-boards, lying about jobs she doesn’t have and stoking a bitter rivalry with the local KMart manager Velvet, portrayed by Allison Janney. Sponging off her mother – Margot Martindale – to the annoyance of her brother, things take a turn when Susan strikes up a romance with the owner of a trampoline emporium. But when she’s evicted from her home and feels the sudden impact of her selfishness, she’s forced to clean up her act and finally get her life on track.

The Only Way Is Essex (hayu)

The drama continues as the lads and ladies from THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX return this month for a brand new season, streaming now only on hayu. The tans might be fake but the drama is certainly real, as our favourite Brit crew emerge fresh from lockdown to deliver plenty of piping hot romance, rivalries and riotous laughs. Celebrating its tenth anniversary season, expect a few former favourites to make an appearance – with more than a few surprises in store to keep you absolutely hooked.

Vevo, available now on Telstra TV

Watch official music videos from your favourite artists with Vevo, available now on Telstra TV. Get free access to over 450 thousand high definition music videos and live performances from the world’s biggest names in music. And with curated playlists offering hours of music videos across every genre, there’s something to suit every mood. Visit the App Store on your Telstra TV to download the Vevo app today.

Find out more about the new Telstra TV* and discover more of what you love.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 September:

Friends (BINGE)

Could you BE more excited? FRIENDS, one of the most iconic sitcoms of the nineties and noughties, is now available to stream on BINGE! Watch all ten seasons and 236 episodes of this much-loved Emmy Award-winning series following the eventful lives and hilarious quirks of New York roommates Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler. In roles that made the actors household names, go back to where it all began for Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. And while you’re at it, why not check out the other great sitcoms BINGE has to offer including Seinfeld, Modern Family, The Office and The Big Bang Theory.

Ratched (Netflix)

Creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are back again with a brand new ultra-stylish Netflix drama series, RATCHED. Starring Sarah Paulson as Nurse Mildred Ratched, the series was inspired by the notoriously callous character of the same name from ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’. Set in 1947, this prequel series begins with the meticulously-dressed Mildred arriving at Lucia State Hospital in Northern California to seek work as a mental health nurse. The facility is known for its disturbing experimental treatments and it’s not long before we find out that the manipulative Mildred has sinister ulterior motives for joining their ranks. Also starring Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon and Vincent D’Onofrio, stream all eight episodes from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 18 September.

Des (Stan)

David Tennant stars in the gripping true-crime miniseries DES, with all three episodes available to stream now on Stan. When a maintenance worker discovers human bones in the drain of a London flat in 1983, Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) begins questioning its occupant Dennis “Des” Nilsen. Intelligent, calm and completely forthcoming, the former police officer admits to a series of 15 murders committed over the past five years. Preying on vulnerable young men including addicts and the homeless, the otherwise unremarkable Des is unable to offer a reason for his crimes – attracting the interest of biographer, Brian Masters (Jason Watkins), who spent many hours interviewing Nilson to write, ‘Killing for Company’ upon which the series is based.

Unlocked (Telstra TV Box Office)

For an action-packed conspiracy thriller, check out UNLOCKED available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Noomi Rapace plays Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who left her job after being unable to stop a terrorist attack in Paris responsible for taking the lives of many. Now living in London and working undercover as a social worker to gather intel for MI5 Chief Emily Knowles (Toni Collette), she’s brought back into the fold by her mentor (Michael Douglas) when the agency – headed by John Malkovich – learns of another imminent terror plot in London involving biological weapons. But during an interrogation of a captured cell member, it becomes clear the operation is an elaborate setup and Racine narrowly escapes. Now on the run, she is forced to team up with a small-time burglar and former marine, Jack (Orlando Bloom) to work out who she can trust and ultimately put a stop to the potentially deadly attack.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 4 September:

Ava (Telstra TV Box Office)

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich and Common star in the action-packed assassin thriller, AVA – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Chastain plays Ava Faulkner, a highly-skilled black ops hitwoman with a penchant for talking to her targets and questioning the orders she’s given. When she’s tasked with executing a high-ranking German General and making it look like a heart attack, she’s caught in the act and forced to improvise – getting out, but ultimately blowing the secrecy of the operation. While her handler and mentor Duke (Malkovich) urges her to lie low while the situation calms down, his superior Simon (Farrell) goes into damage control and orders Ava to be taken out before the job can be traced back to the firm.

Away (Netflix)

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars in the stirring space saga, AWAY – with all ten episodes streaming on Netflix from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 4 September. Leading the first manned mission to Mars, astronaut Emma Green (Swank) is suddenly confronted with the reality of living out her dreams while being worlds apart from her husband, Matt (Josh Charles) and daughter, Alexis (Talitha Bateman) for the journey’s three year duration. As the dangerous high-stakes mission progresses, that sacrifice becomes increasingly difficult for Emma and her international crew – especially when her husband’s health takes a turn. From the acclaimed producer of ‘Friday Night Lights’, Jason Katims, this soaring drama series is both visually spectacular and emotionally compelling.

Raised by Wolves (Foxtel Now)

Acclaimed sci-fi director and producer Ridley Scott makes his television directorial debut with RAISED BY WOLVES, streaming weekly each Thursday on Foxtel Now. Set in a future where Earth has been almost entirely decimated, a pair of androids named “Mother” (played by Amanda Collin) and “Father” (Abubakar Salim) are planted on the uninhabited planet Kepler-22b to raise a colony of humans. But when their attempts to nurture the lives of six children fail until they’re left with only one boy remaining, Father decides the only thing left to do is to contact a group of survivors from Earth known as the “Mithraic” – led by Marcus (Travis Fimmel) – to take the child back to his own kind. Feeling betrayed and with fundamentally different beliefs to the Mithraic, Mother lashes out – determined to protect her son by any means necessary.

I Am Woman (Stan)

Be swept away by the uplifting life story of Australian singer-songwriter Helen Reddy in the Stan Original film, I AM WOMAN. Played by Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Reddy begins her journey in 1966 when she leaves Australia’s shores for her chance at a big break in New York City. A single mother at the time, she struggles to gain a foothold in the music industry with a number of male executives outright dismissing her. But that all starts to turn around when she befriends journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald) and meets aspiring young talent agent Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Gaining superstar status with a slew of hit singles including the titular women’s movement anthem “I Am Woman”, the film is an inspiring look into the drive and dedication of one woman to make her mark on music history.

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10 of the most iconic music videos to stream with Vevo on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn September 9, 2020

With over 450,000 music videos and live performances now available to stream with Vevo on Telstra TV, we pick 10 of the most classic, creative and celebrated to help get the party started in your living room.

Bad – Michael Jackson

Directed by one of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, the Prince of Pop’s second single from the album of the same name was given the royal treatment with the production of an 18-minute short film written by screenwriter Richard Price (of HBO’s ‘The Wire’, ‘The Night Of’ and ‘The Outsider’) and shot by Michael Chapman (‘Ghostbusters II’, ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and ‘The Fugitive’). One of the most expensive of its time, the music video was inspired by the movie ‘West Side Story’ and features an elaborately choreographed dance battle designed to prove to a fellow gang member – played by Wesley Snipes in one of his first roles – that the buckle-clad, moonwalking MJ still has street cred despite cleaning up his act at school.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

From one of the most expensive to one of the thriftiest, the music video for Cyndi Lauper’s debut single was reportedly made on a shoestring budget – filmed and edited on borrowed equipment from ‘SNL’ producer Lorne Michaels and starring her own mother, brother, manager and a colourful cast of friends including Dan Aykroyd as Beldar Conehead and WWF manager Lou Albano who played Cyndi’s father. The cameo actually led to a crossover wrestling match on MTV, with Lauper wielding her “Purse of Doom” in the ring. As the feminist anthem for a generation, it’s not surprising that the video was the very first to be awarded MTV’s Video Music Award for Best Female Video at the network’s inaugural VMA ceremony.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé

Fast-forward 25 years and you might remember a controversy surrounding that very same VMA for Best Female Video. During Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for ‘You Belong with Me’, Kanye West stormed the stage, snatched the microphone and said, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” And look, he’s not wrong. Choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr, who has won the most VMAs of any choreographer for his work with artists like Beyoncé, Salt-n-Pepa and En Vogue, the video’s hugely popular dance routine was inspired by Broadway legend Bob Fosse’s ‘Mexican Breakfast’ dance number performed on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1969. Thankfully, ‘Single Ladies’ went on to win Best Video of the night and all was made right in the world.

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then parody is taking that appreciation to a whole new hilarious level. Directed by television director Jesse Peretz (‘Girls’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Orange Is the New Black’), the video is set aboard a jet flight reminiscent of 1970s movies ‘Airplane!’, ‘Airport 1975’ and ‘Airport ’77’. When the drug-smuggling cleaning crew played by Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D inadvertently spike the coffee, the entire crew and passengers (almost entirely played by the Foo Fighters themselves in moustaches, wigs and fat suits) end up off their faces, forcing Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins to land the plane and save the day. A well-deserved winner of the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video.

So What – P!nk

Directed by Dave Meyers, the prolific director behind iconic pop videos like Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’, Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, Katy Perry’s Swish Swish, Ariana Grande’sNo Tears Left to Cry’, Harry Styles’ Adore You and many more – ‘So What’ sees Australia’s favourite pop-rockstar flipping her middle finger to the world following a separation from husband Carey Hart. Holding up traffic as she rides down Sunset Boulevard astride a lawnmower, chainsawing down trees carved with love-hearts, streaking on red carpets and having her own hair set alight in the salon, the video offers the perfect mix of defiant individuality and self-deprecation P!nk is loved for.

Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

Known for their creatively elaborate music videos mostly filmed in one take and without any visual effects, alongside Vevo you’re also likely to find OK Go’s artistic music videos playing in renowned galleries like the Guggenheim and New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. Directed by lead singer Damian Kulash’s sister, director and choreographer Trish Sie, the hugely ambitious video for ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ was shot in zero gravity – achieving the band’s acrobatic spins and flips thanks to a Russian cosmonaut training aircraft flying in a parabolic flight path. If that sounds a bit too technical, check out the behind-the-scenes video, also on Vevo.

Chandelier – Sia

Stripping back all the bells and whistles (and buttons) and focusing solely on the emotive movement of young dancer Maddie Ziegler, the uniquely stark video for the debut single of album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ helped Aussie musician Sia break through to international success. The iconic blonde wig worn by Ziegler in the video was also worn by Sia herself, albeit with a longer fringe to obscure her face from all live performances promoting the single and subsequent releases from the album. Ziegler often accompanied Sia in her live performances – performing a variation on the video’s routine, choreographed by Ryan Heffington. In some, Ziegler was replaced with actors such as Lena Dunham and Kristen Wiig – wearing the same signature blonde bob and flesh-toned leotard. And in the video for the subsequent single, Elastic Heart, Ziegler is joined in an interpretive dance duet by actor Shia LaBeouf.

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

Speaking of Aussie hits, the dance move made popular by LMFAO’s 2011 chart topper ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is rumoured to have originated in Melbourne’s 1980s underground rave scene. Filmed on the “New York Street” set of the Warner Bros Studios backlot where countless other movies and music videos have been made (including the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk’ and U2’s Elevation’), the video sees electro-dance duo Redfoo and SkyBlu wake from party rocking induced comas to find the world around them has been overrun by zombies – à la the movie ‘28 Days Later’. Only these are everyday-shuffling zombies, infected by the unstoppable energy and fun-loving vibe of this decade-defining hit.

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Premiering during the pandemic – and with a video that was shot shortly before COVID-19 closed down filming in Los Angeles – the latest single from pop superstar Lady Gaga saw the artist take home the award for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year (with Ariana Grande) at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. The eleven-time Grammy winner’s latest video combines high-contrast hot pink costumes, impressive visual effects and catchy choreography designed by Gaga’s long-time collaborator Richard Jackson to be easily mimicked and shared online among TikTok users. The song’s uplifting message of focusing on the positive when surrounded by life’s mounting struggles is also incredibly timely.

Despacito – Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee

The most viewed music video of all time, ‘Despacito’ from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, is currently sitting at 6.9 billion views on YouTube – eclipsing its closest rivals by more than 2 billion views and helping to earn the artist seven Guinness World Records including Most viewed video online, Most liked video online, Most streamed track worldwide and First YouTube video to receive 5 billion views. An official remix of the song performed by Justin Bieber in English and Spanish alongside Fonsi also helped the track reach wider audiences and break the record for most number of weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

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Dance like nobody’s watching, as Vevo enters your living room with Telstra TV

By Rebecca Haagsma September 9, 2020

If video killed the radio star, music videos’ days aren’t numbered just yet! Thanks to our friends at Vevo – the world-leading, all-premium music video platform – there’s a standalone app for music videos coming to Telstra TV.

From today, Telstra TV users will be able to watch content from the biggest stars on the planet across all genres of music as they navigate the 450,000 videos on offer from Vevo.

2020 has been a hard year for the media industry, with some long-loved music-video channels departing from our screens, and with live music at a standstill, there is something reassuring that the medium that shows the creativity of artists and filmmakers will have a dedicated home on one of Australia’s most popular SVOD devices.

In this ‘new normal’, fans are increasingly turning to premium music videos to discover new artists, keep up with their current favorites, and reminisce with their past.

Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach.

We’re delighted to be bringing Vevo to our Telstra TV users, and know how much they love and enjoy the range of music content already available. The addition of Vevo will only enrich that experience, and further extend on our ambition to become the best aggregator of entertainment for our customers.

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Telstra TV goes from strength to strength

The addition of Vevo to Telstra TV further bolsters the sport and entertainment offering of one of Australia’s most popular SVOD devices – with over 1.65m devices shipped to customers to-date.

With over forty apps now available for download, the selection for users since the introduction of the third-generation device has expanded to include Kayo, Binge, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Plex, and Kanopy – among others.

2020 has had a marked impact for obvious reasons on audience viewing habits due to national lockdowns. A new free-to-air audience record for the device was set at the conclusion of this year’s Australian Open tennis, before jumping again to 20% above the average and remaining constant since.

Telstra TV Box Office’s Movies and TV store have also proved a hit, with a record month in April with sales up 78% from the previous year.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn August 28, 2020

This week on Telstra TV, we check out some of the latest shows available to stream on BINGE. Get 3 months BINGE Standard on us, for Telstra consumer postpaid customers (redeem by 18 January 2021) – find out more.

Lovecraft Country (BINGE)

From Executive Producers Misha Green, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele comes the HBO horror-fantasy drama series, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. Set in the 1950s, Jonathan Majors plays Atticus Freeman – a Korean war veteran with a love for monster-filled science-fiction novels. When his father goes missing from their home in Chicago’s South Side, “Tic” sets off on a road trip to find him with his uncle George and childhood friend Leti – played by Courtney B. Vance and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. But along the way, they’re tormented by the racism of Jim Crow era America, the threat of a white supremacist secret society – and supernatural horrors bursting forth from the pages of Tic’s favourite novels.

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (BINGE)

Delve into the twisted case of the Golden State Killer in the gripping true crime series, I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK. In a case that eluded authorities for decades, the six-part series covers author Michelle McNamara’s investigation into a serial rapist and murderer who invaded homes and terrorised California throughout the 1970s and 80s. Combining interviews with survivors and detectives, as well as archival film from the time, the series also includes footage of the relentless crime writer herself, who worked tirelessly to solve the case before she tragically passed away.

Doom Patrol (BINGE)

Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer and Diane Guerrero star in the action-packed DC Universe series, DOOM PATROL. In the manor home of Doctor Niles Caulder, a group of superpowered outcasts have been brought together to convalesce – each gaining their abilities from a series of unfortunate events. There’s former NASCAR driver Robotman, radioactive fighter-pilot Negative Man, jelly-bodied Elasti-woman, sixty-four personality Crazy Jane, and the super-charged Cyborg. Together, they’re a ragtag team of reluctant heroes – tasked with protecting the earth from some of the weirdest threats out there.

Making It (BINGE)

For D.I.Y. with a dash of comedy, check out the all new season of MAKING IT. Hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman from ‘Parks and Recreation’, the series brings together crafty contestants from across the U.S. to compete in a series of elaborate challenges – for a chance at winning $100,000. Impressing the judges and viewers alike, the handmade creations on display are sure to inspire you to get in touch with your own creative side.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 August:

The Kid (Telstra TV Box Office)

Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt star in the thrilling new Western epic, THE KID – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. DeHaan plays the notorious bandit Billy the Kid, on the run from the law when he and his gang come across a young boy named Rio (played by Jake Schur) and his sister Sara (Leila George). The pair are hiding out after escaping from their murderous uncle (Chris Pratt), out for blood after the boy shot and killed his own father for beating their mother to death. When Sheriff Garrett (Ethan Hawke) comes riding into town to capture the outlaw, Rio gets caught up in an electrifying battle between the good and the bad. But to save himself and his sister, he’ll ultimately have to choose the right path forward.

Dirty John: Betty Broderick (Netflix)

Back for a riveting second season is the Netflix true-crime drama series, DIRTY JOHN – this time focusing on the deadly Broderick divorce case. Set in 1980s suburban Los Angeles, Amanda Peet plays the devoted wife to the charming and successful medical malpractice attorney, Dan Broderick III (Christian Slater). Supporting her husband through medical school – then law school – while raising four children mostly on her own, she’s finally able to reap the rewards of their years of struggle once Dan lands a lucrative job. But he becomes increasingly cocky and secretive, eventually hiring an attractive young assistant and gaslighting Betty when she becomes suspicious. And when Dan decides to leave his wife and make it increasingly difficult for her to find her own divorce lawyer, Betty finally decides enough is enough.

We Hunt Together (Foxtel Now)

For an intensely dark psychological thriller with a twist of romance, check out WE HUNT TOGETHER, streaming from this Saturday 22 August on Foxtel Now. In the East End of London, free-spirited Freddy Lane (played by Hermione Corfield) falls victim to a sexual assault when Baba (Dipo Ola) comes to her defense. A former child soldier from a war-torn African nation, Baba is kind and vulnerable – but when the attack stirs in him the brutality of his youth, Freddy sees in him a combination that she can exploit to punish those who have wronged her. When bodies start surfacing, newly partnered detectives Lola Franks (Eve Myles) and Jackson Mendy (Babou Ceesay) are tasked with tracking down the pair. But their own personal struggles, and the cunning nature of their suspects, only make the job more and more difficult.

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji (Amazon Prime Video)

Join intrepid host Bear Grylls and 330 fearless competitors for the ultimate adventure competition, WORLD’S TOUGHEST RACE: ECO-CHALLENGE FIJI – streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Across ten episodes, the series follows teams from across the globe as they race non-stop for eleven days and nights to traverse more than 600 kilometres of Fiji’s demanding jungles, mountains and seas to arrive at the seemingly unreachable finish line. For many, they’ll be pushed to their absolute limits – testing their strength and endurance beyond what many thought possible. The first team over the line will take home a $100,000 prize, but for most just completing this punishing course will be worth more than anything money can buy.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 August:

Alone (BINGE)

How long could you survive by yourself in the Arctic for a chance to win one million dollars? Taking outdoor adventure to a whole new level is the intensely demanding new season of reality series ALONE, starting this week on BINGE. The stakes are higher than ever in season seven as ten daring new contestants are spread out across a remote corner of the Northwestern Canadian wilderness, challenged with lasting 100 days on their own with nothing more than a limited supply kit and their own survival instincts. This is the first season to set a time challenge, with the prize normally awarded to the last person standing – and no contestant has ever lasted this long out in the wild. Enduring some of the world’s harshest conditions and coming up against some particularly dangerous predators, this competition isn’t for the faint of heart.

Little Birds (Stan)

New to Stan this week is the dreamy and daring new drama series, LITTLE BIRDS – with all six episodes available to stream now. Set in the exotically decadent surrounds of Morocco in the mid-1950s, this risqué series stars Juno Temple as Lucy Savage – an American heiress longing to shake off the shackles of New York high society and find love and excitement in a strange new free-spirited world. But when she steps off the boat to meet her new husband-to-be, she discovers her betrothed Lord Hugo Cavendish-Smyth (played by Hugh Skinner) is not only skint, but also in love with another – the Egyptian prince Adham Abaza (Raphael Acloque). Now on a path to finding her own independence, she discovers a country buzzing with the promise of liberation from French colonialists – and a cast of characters who capture her curiosity.

Alex Rider (Amazon Prime Video)

For an exhilarating spy series the whole family can enjoy, check out ALEX RIDER – with all eight episodes streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Based on the popular young adult novel series by Anthony Horowitz and its 2006 film adaptation, the series follows the eponymous London teenager (played by Otto Farrant) – who is still reeling from the mysterious death of his uncle and guardian (Andrew Buchan) when he’s approached by MI6 agents, who reveal that his uncle was killed in the field as a secret agent for the foreign intelligence service. Unwittingly trained in the art of espionage since he was a young child, Alex is persuaded to go undercover himself to investigate how his uncle’s death links back to a group of super-rich elites. Embedded with their children in an exclusive boarding school in the French Alps, Alex unearths an ominous plot that will put his skill and wit to the test if he’s going to stop it in time.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 August:

Trackers (BINGE)

New to BINGE this Friday 31 July is the explosive six-part crime thriller, TRACKERS – with all episodes available to stream now. When the series launched in its native South Africa last year, it reportedly rated higher than fellow HBO tentpoles like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies. And it’s not hard to see why. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by acclaimed author Deon Meyer, the series combines three heart-racing stories: James Gracie plays Lemmer, a former special forces operative whose team is ambushed while transporting two endangered Black Rhino out of Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Intelligence agents Janina Mentz (Sandi Schultz) and Quinn Makebe (Thapelo Mokoena) are busy preventing a terrorist attack, when low-level analyst Milla Strachan (Rolanda Marais) begins an affair with an American CIA agent Lucas Becker (Ed Stoppard) who may not be who he claims to be. Watch now with 3 months BINGE Standard on us, for Telstra consumer post-paid customers. Redeem by 18 Jan 2021. Find out more.

Wentworth (Foxtel Now)

Back for an intense eighth season this week is Aussie favourite drama series, WENTWORTH – with new episodes streaming each Tuesday from 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Following the prison siege at the end of last season, there’s now a tough new General Manager at Wentworth – Ann Reynolds (played by Jane Hall) – who isn’t making any friends with the guards, particularly new Governor Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva). Allie (Kate Jenkinson) has now taken over as top dog, with Boomer (Katrina Milosevic) and Ruby (Rarriwuy Hick) keeping the women in line. But it isn’t long before her authority is challenged by the arrival of the infamously violent Lou Kelly (Kate Box), herself a former top dog at Wentworth. After her failed escape attempt, Marie (Susie Porter) is now in the slot and staring down a life sentence – while on the outside, Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) plots revenge against those who left her for dead.

Search Party (Stan)

Stream all three seasons of the savagely funny millennial satire, SEARCH PARTY – available now, only on Stan. Following the misadventures of four early-twenties hipsters in New York City, the offbeat series follows Dory Sief (played by Alia Shawkat) – a floundering personal assistant who ropes her self-centred friends into an amateur investigation into the disappearance of a college classmate they hardly knew, Chantal Witherbottom (Clare McNulty). As she and her doormat boyfriend Drew (John Reynolds), outrageously excessive pathological liar Elliott (John Early) and dim-witted aspiring actress Portia (Meredith Hagner) become embroiled in the mystery, they all quickly wade in well over their heads – leading to an accidental killing, a blackmailing plot and a high-profile murder trial that will leave you in tears of laughter.

You Should Have Left (Telstra TV Box Office)

Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star in the jump-inducing psychological thriller, YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT – available now via Express Release on Telstra TV Box Office. With their marriage on the rocks, wealthy retired banker Theo and his young actress wife Susanna plan a secluded vacation in the countryside of Wales with their six-year-old daughter Ella (Avery Essex). Haunted by the drowning death of his first wife, which he was suspected of playing a part in – and plagued by insecurity over the attention his attractive new wife receives, the trip is a chance for him to leave it all behind and focus on his family. But when creepy things start happening around the house and his nightmares begin intensifying, Theo begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind. Or is this mysterious house trying to tell him something?

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Suncorp Super Netball season is back for 2020
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Our live sport offering is back to full strength as Netball returns this weekend

By Rebecca Haagsma July 31, 2020

Suncorp Super Netball season is back for 2020

The final piece in the Australian winter sporting landscape returns tomorrow with the delayed commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season, and fans can catch all the action on their mobile and Telstra TV.

While the coronavirus ultimately disrupted the NRL, AFL, and A-League seasons in March, Netball – which was due to start in May – has been without any premiership action at all in 2020.

The first six rounds of the 2020 season have been confirmed, with all matches to be played across Nissan Arena, and USC Stadium in Queensland.

Thanks to swift planning and cooperation between Netball Australia, Telstra, Channel 9 and the Queensland government, all non-Queensland Suncorp Super Netball teams will relocate to Queensland for the first part of the season, which will still be made up of 14 rounds and a normal finals series.

Check out the full fixture list.

Fittingly, to open the season, it will be a Queensland derby between the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning at Nissan Arena in Brisbane Saturday 1 August at 1pm AEST.

Later that day at 3pm AEST, Adelaide Thunderbirds and the West Coast Fever will rekindle their rivalry at the same venue. The action continues on Sunday 2 August at 1pm AEST, with a NSW derby between Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts.

Then, to close out the first round on Sunday 2 August at 5:30pm AEST, the two Victorian teams, the Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies, will face off in a unique version of #thebattle during their final hours of quarantine at Nissan Arena in Brisbane and fans can watch exclusively on Telstra TV.

You can keep up with everything through the Netball Live Official App, where you can stream every Suncorp Super Netball match live, fast and data-free if you’re a Telstra mobile customer. You’ll also get live scores as well as player and team stats, full match replays and video highlights.

For anyone watching at home, we’ve got you covered too. Matches will be broadcast each round by either the Netball Live app on Telstra TV, or live free-to-air TV thanks to Channel Nine (which is also available through the in-built tuner on the Telstra TV).

The Netball Live App on Telstra TV includes the game-changing player profile feature, live interactive stats to follow the action, videos on your favourite stars, as well as match highlights if you want to keep tabs on your team’s top competitors.

We’re so happy to be a supporter of Netball and women’s sport in Australia and are so glad to see the teams back on court amidst such a challenging year.