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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on January 17, 2020

6 min read

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

Gemini Man (Telstra TV Box Office)

Gemini Man (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Will Smith and… Will Smith…  star in the action-packed GEMINI MAN, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, Smith plays Henry Brogan – a seasoned government assassin who is just about to retire when he’s suddenly targeted by a younger, faster hitman with the ability to anticipate his every move. What Henry soon learns is that the skilled “Junior” is actually his clone, created to eventually take his place in the Gemini program. Loaded with explosive shootouts, epic fight sequences and hair-raising chases, this action thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

True History of the Kelly Gang (Stan)

True History of the Kelly Gang (Stan) - Telstra TV

Premiering on Australia Day is the Stan Original film, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG – directed by Justin Kurzel and inspired by the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Peter Carey. In this highly anticipated fictionalised re-telling of the legendary Australian bushranger story, newcomer Orlando Schwerdt stars as a young Ned Kelly, who is mentored by the notorious outlaw Harry Power – played by Russell Crowe – and raised by his single mother, played by Essie Davis. As he becomes a man, played by BAFTA winner George MacKay, Ned befriends a group of outcasts – forming the infamous Kelly gang. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Claudia Karvan, this gritty, action-packed masterpiece is one you won’t want to miss. Streaming from Australia Day, as part of Stan’s summer line-up of brand new original productions.

Upright (Foxtel Now)

Streaming on Foxtel Now this month is Aussie comedy-drama series, UPRIGHT – with all episodes available now. Tim Minchin plays Lucky, an anxious musician from Sydney who is heading back to Perth to visit his dying mother after spending the past eight years away from home. Driving across the Nullarbor with nothing but a trailer carrying an upright piano, his road trip is quickly complicated when he’s hit by a ute driven by sixteen-year-old runaway Meg – played by Milly Alcock. Now travelling together, the pair of outcasts run into all manner of mishaps as they cross paths with highway bandits, pick a fight with a bikie gang and find themselves pursued by a pair of persistent cops.

The Witcher (Netflix)

Based on the best-selling fantasy novel saga comes an epic Netflix Original series, THE WITCHER. Henry Cavill plays Geralt of Rivia – a superhuman monster slayer-for-hire, who finds himself increasingly out of place amongst the mere mortals surrounding him. When destiny ties him together with the mighty sorceress Yennefer and orphan Princess Cirilla, the three are forced to find their way through progressively hostile lands – battling the beasts and people who would destroy them all. Stream all episodes now on Netflix.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 10th January:

Hustlers (Telstra TV Box Office)

Hustlers (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in a raunchy take on the heist movie genre with HUSTLERS, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the real-life story behind the viral 2015 New York Magazine article, the story follows Destiny (played by Wu), an exotic dancer who begins working at a new strip club to take care of her ailing grandmother. Struggling to make ends meet, she’s taken under the wing of the club’s star performer Ramona (Lopez). And she soon begins raking in the big bucks, while also forming close friendships with Ramona and her fellow dancers played by Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart. But when the 2008 financial crisis hits, most of their lucrative Wall Street clients suddenly vanish – and the girls find they’ll need to get creative if they want to continue living the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed.

The Gloaming (Stan)

The Gloaming (Stan) - Telstra TV

Australia’s answer to the Nordic Noir crime thriller is the impressively unsettling new series, THE GLOAMING, with all eight episodes available to stream now on Stan. Set in an eerie fog-covered Tasmania, the series follows detectives Alex (played by Ewan Leslie) and Molly (Emma Booth) – a pair who share a distant history of tragedy, reunited in the present day to investigate the grisly murder of an unidentified woman found at the foot of a waterfall. But when they discover evidence that suggests the case could be connected to an unsolved murder from 20 years earlier, the plot thickens to reveal a more widespread mesh of criminal cover-ups, abuses of power and sinister rituals beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet rural community. Directed by Michael Rymer (American Horror Story), Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and Sian Davies (Wentworth), the series also stars Aaron Pedersen and Martin Henderson.

The Outsider (Foxtel Now)

The Outsider (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now from this Monday 13 January is the chilling ten-part miniseries, THE OUTSIDER – based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. Jason Bateman stars as Terry Maitland, a beloved small-town teacher, baseball coach and father accused of the gruesome murder of an eleven-year-old boy. Assigned to the case is Detective Ralph Anderson (played by Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn), pressured by his superiors to wrap up the case quickly amidst widespread outrage from the community. But the investigation becomes increasingly complicated when conflicting eyewitness accounts of the killer’s whereabouts begin to emerge. And when strange things start happening to those surrounding the case, they’re forced to consider that there may be something even more sinister at play. Adapted for the screen by Richard Price, the writer behind other HBO acclaimed dramas such as “The Night Of” and “The Wire”, the series also stars Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp and Julianne Nicholson.

AJ and the Queen (Netflix)

AJ and the Queen (Netflix) - Telstra TV

The world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul Charles, stars in a campy new comedy series with an abundance of heart: AJ AND THE QUEEN, streaming from this Friday 10 January on Netflix. On the eve of opening his own bar, Robert (played by RuPaul) is conned and finds his boyfriend has run off with his life savings. As “Ruby Red”, he sets off on a whirlwind drag tour across the country in a battered old campervan to quickly recoup the money he’s lost. But he soon discovers his eleven-year-old neighbour AJ (Izzy G.) has hidden aboard the camper, escaping his teen mother (Katerina Tannenbaum) who is struggling with addiction. Together, this unlikely duo help each other find the strength to carry on – spreading a message of hope, love and acceptance as they travel from town to town. Jam-packed full of cameos from RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni including Latrice Royale, Katya, Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon, the series was created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King – the man behind ‘Sex and the City’

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on December 20, 2019

6 min read

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

The Commons (Stan)

Coming to Stan this Christmas Day is the ground-breaking Stan original series, THE COMMONS. Set in the not-too-distant future, Golden Globe winner and Downton Abbey star, Joanne Froggatt, plays Eadie – a gifted neuropsychologist desperate to conceive a child. Living through catastrophic storms, increasing bushfires and drought, Eadie looks to help those affected – like Ben, played by Damon Herriman, a border patrol guard suffering from the traumatic events he has witnessed. But the changing world is also interfering with her ability to have a child. Together with Shay, played by Ryan Corr, a geneticist colleague of her husband, played by David Lyons, she is forced to explore ethically questionable methods to bring a baby into the world. Stream all eight episodes of the Stan Original Series THE COMMONS from Christmas Day, as part of Stan’s summer line-up of brand new original productions.

Christmas on Netflix (Netflix)

Get your fix of festive cheer, with six new Christmas movies streaming now on Netflix. From the co-creator of Despicable Me comes KLAUS; Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe star in HOLIDAY IN THE WILD; We return to Aldovia for A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL BABY; Vanessa Hudgens falls for THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS; Discover the true meaning of family in HOLIDAY RUSH; and we get the party started with LET IT SNOW.

A Christmas Carol (Foxtel Now)

A Christmas Carol (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

From the creator of Peaky Blinders comes a darker take on a Christmas classic – with the three-episode miniseries, A CHRISTMAS CAROL streaming from December 23rd on Foxtel Now. Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge – a heartless cheapskate visited on Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Andy Serkis plays one such specter, bringing Scrooge face to face with choices he’s made that have caused the suffering of those around him. Giving him a haunting glimpse into what life could become if he doesn’t change his ways, Scrooge ultimately becomes a better man – filled with the spirit of Christmas.

Joker (Telstra TV Box Office)

Delve into the gritty origin story behind Batman’s arch-nemesis in one of the year’s most talked-about films – JOKER, available New Years Day on Telstra TV Box Office. Joaquin Phoenix gives an outstanding performance as Arthur Fleck, a clown-for-hire by day who spends his nights caring for his bedridden mother, while dreaming of one day becoming a stand-up comic. Suffering from a mental condition that causes him to laugh uncontrollably at inappropriate moments, he’s bullied by kids on the street, beaten up by thugs on the subway and generally dismissed as a weirdo. But as his misfortunes increase, Arthur is eventually pushed to breaking point – unleashing a torrent of violence in a city already on the brink of mayhem.

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Our favourites streaming for 6th of December:

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer (Telstra TV Box Office)

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

Get into the Christmas spirit with the adorably inspiring story of ELLIOT: THE LITTLEST REINDEER, new this week to Telstra TV Box Office. Elliot (voiced by Josh Hutcherson of ‘The Hunger Games’ fame) is a tiny horse with big dreams of one day leaving his petting zoo home to become one of Santa’s majestic reindeer. When Blitzen (Martin Short) announces he’s retiring to bask in the Florida sun, Elliot jumps at the opportunity and heads to the North Pole for reindeer try-outs – with a pair of fake antlers and his best friend Hazel the goat (Samantha Bee) in toe. But back home, his friends might be in trouble – with the farm’s owner looking to sell up to a buyer with mysterious motives. Will Elliot follow his dreams, or follow his heart and turn back to save his friends?

Upright (Foxtel Now)

Upright (Foxtel Now) - Telstra TV

New this week on Foxtel Now is Aussie comedy-drama series, UPRIGHT – with episodes streaming each Sunday at 8:30pm from 1 December. Tim Minchin plays Lucky, an anxious musician from Sydney who is heading back to Perth to visit his dying mother after spending the past eight years away from home. Driving across the Nullarbor with nothing but a trailer carrying an upright piano, his road-trip is quickly complicated when he’s hit by a ute driven by sixteen year old runaway Meg – played by Milly Alcock. Now travelling together, the pair of outcasts run into all manner of mishaps as they cross paths with highway bandits, pick a fight with a bikie gang and find themselves pursued by a pair of persistent cops.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video) - Telstra TV

The charmingly quick-witted comedy everyone’s talking about, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, returns for its third season this Friday 6 December 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.

Marriage Story (Netflix)

Marriage Story (Netflix) - Telstra TV

Fresh from the film festival circuit is the critically-acclaimed MARRIAGE STORY, streaming from this Friday 6 December on Netflix. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as Nicole and Charlie Barber, a young married couple in the process of separating while caring for their eight year old son, Henry (played by Azhy Robertson). When she’s offered the chance to revive her acting career with a television pilot filming in Los Angeles, Nicole takes Henry with her – while Charlie remains in New York, overseeing a Broadway play he’s been directing. But when divorce proceedings eventually begin and the question of custody looms, the pair lawyer up – with Nicole choosing the tough-as-nails Nora (Laura Dern) and Charlie opting for viper Jay (Ray Liotta). What ensues is a touching, heartrending depiction of a relationship breaking down, the brutality of a courtroom custody battle and the distress of a child caught in the middle.

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Our 12 faves of Christmas streaming on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on December 13, 2019

7 min read

The Christmas countdown has officially begun! With only twelve days left until Christmas, we share our twelve festive favourites to stream this holiday season on Telstra TV.

1. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Telstra TV Box Office, Foxtel Now)

Perfect for the whole family is the fiendishly funny story of everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon – DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH, streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office and Foxtel Now. While the Whos of Whoville prepare to celebrate the best Christmas yet, grumpy old Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) just wants to be left in peace. Along with his trusty dog Max, he decides to put an end to the festivities once and for all – with a plot to impersonate Santa and ruin Christmas.

2. Holiday in the Wild (Netflix)

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a heartwarming romcom – and this year Netflix is delivering the goods and then some with HOLIDAY IN THE WILD, available to stream now. Just when she’s coming to terms with her son leaving for college, Kate (played by Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis) is blindsided by her husband suddenly leaving her. Heading off on their “second honeymoon” to Africa by herself, she meets a handsome pilot (Rob Lowe). When the pair rescue an infant elephant, Kate decides to spend Christmas at the elephant sanctuary where together they nurse the young orphan back to health.

3. Christmas episodes of your favourite sitcoms (Stan)

Stan have taken the work out of finding every Christmas episode of your favourite TV sitcoms in their hand-picked Christmas collection. In the lead up to this Christmas, laugh along with some festively funny episodes of television’s most-loved comedy gems including Friends, Will & Grace, Family Guy, Parks and Recreation, The Golden Girls, The Nanny, Absolutely Fabulous, Frasier, The Office and more – streaming right now, only on Stan

4. Domain Test Series: Australia v New Zealand (Kayo, Foxtel Now)

For many sports fans, Christmas means Cricket – and with Kayo and Fox Cricket’s all-day coverage, you can catch the DOMAIN TEST SERIES live and catch up on key moments you might have missed or want to revisit. The First Test is streaming this weekend – and after your Christmas Day backyard bash with the neighbours, stream the Boxing Day Test on 26 December against our other neighbours, New Zealand. Start your 14 day free trial of Kayo today*.

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5. Woolworths Carols in the Domain (7plus)

Get your song books out and your vocal cords warmed up for the 37th Annual CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN, streaming live on 7plus from 8.00pm (AEDT) on Saturday 21 December. Hosted by Sunrise presenters David Koch and Natalie Barr, Australia’s largest Christmas concert will beam all your favourite Christmas songs from Sydney’s Domain directly into your living room – performed by some of Australia’s biggest stars and fan favourites including The Wiggles, Lucy Durack, Adam Brand, Paulini, Shannon Noll, Vanessa Amorosi and The Salvation Army Choir. And let’s not forget, a very special visit from Santa Claus himself!

6. Christmas Playlists (Spotify)

And if it’s Christmas music you’re in the mood for, there’s no better destination than Spotify on Telstra TV. Spotify’s curated playlists offer countless hours of streaming music to get you into the Christmas spirit, no matter what the occasion. Wrapping presents on your living room floor? Check out Christmas Is Coming. A pre-Chrissy catch-up with mates? Crank up the Christmas Party. And the perfect soundtrack to Christmas Day lunch with the family? There’s nothing better than Christmas Favourites. Plus try your first 3 months of Spotify Premium for free*. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.

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7. Buttons: A Christmas Tale (Telstra TV Box Office)

Hollywood legends Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke star in this new release family film with plenty of old-school charm – BUTTONS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in the early 1900s, this heartwarming musical is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford and centres on Emily (played by Noelle Parker), an orphan who is visited by her guardian angel Rose (Lansbury) when she falls ill on Christmas Eve. To help her through the difficult time, Rose tells her the story of Annabelle (Alivia Clark) – another orphan who overcame an unbearable situation when she was forced to work in a textile mill sewing buttons.

8. The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix)

New to Netflix this holiday season is the time-traveling romantic comedy, THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Brooke, an unlucky-in-love science teacher who has given up on dating until she meets Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse), a chivalrous knight from the middle-ages who has been magically transported into the present day. Helping him make sense of the strange new world around him, Brooke and the medieval gent grow close. And as he works towards finding his way back home, Cole begins to wonder if he wouldn’t rather stay in the present.

9. Home Alone (Telstra TV Box Office, Foxtel Now)

No Christmas watch-list would be complete without the perennial favourite, HOME ALONE – available to stream on Telstra TV Box Office and Foxtel Now. Macaulay Culkin plays eight year old Kevin McCallister, left behind to fend for himself when his entire extended family leave in a hurry for their Christmas vacation. Initially enjoying the freedom of having the whole house to himself, he’s interrupted when two blundering burglars (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) turn up to rob the place. Showing incredible ingenuity, Kevin sets a series of elaborate booby-traps – sabotaging their efforts to hilarious effect. 

10. Love Actually (Telstra TV Box Office, Amazon Prime Video, Stan)

Another crowd-pleaser consistently topping the most-watched lists every Christmas is the ode to holiday romance, LOVE ACTUALLY – available now on Telstra TV Box Office, Amazon Prime Video and Stan. With an incredible ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Bill Nighy, this ambitious anthology film packs ten separate relationship stories into one exceedingly watchable package. From new loves and young love, to unrequited love, love triangles and workplace affairs, Love Actually explores the highs and lows of romance experienced by a diverse group of Londoners in the lead up to Christmas.         

11. Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (Amazon Prime Video)

Join country superstar singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves in her adorably funny holiday variety show, THE KACEY MUSGRAVES CHRISTMAS SHOW, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. With special guests including Camila Cabello, Kendall Jenner, James Corden, Lana Del Rey, Fred Armisen, Zooey Deschanel and Australia’s Troye Sivan, Kacey performs duets of her own songs and Christmas classics with her celebrity guests – sprinkled with comedy sketches and banter throughout to bring on the festive cheer. 

12. It’s a Wonderful Life (Stan)

Regarded by Rotten Tomatoes as the number one Christmas film of all time is IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, available to stream now on Stan. Set in the small town of Bedford Falls, the film follows George Bailey (played by James Stewart), a bank worker who is struggling financially and considering ending it all when a hapless angel named Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers) comes down to earth to show him what life might have been like for those around him if he had never been born. Reflecting on the positive impact of his life’s many selfless acts, George realises that he certainly has had a “wonderful life”.  

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on November 29, 2019

13 min read

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.

Yellowstone (Stan)

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.

Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday (9Now)

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.

David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet (9Now)

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.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on October 25, 2019

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

The Lion King (Telstra TV Box Office)

A king is born in Disney’s heartwarming musical blockbuster, THE LION KING – available from the 30th of October on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the much-loved 1994 original, this visually stunning live-action adaptation follows lion cub prince Simba – as he’s forced to leave Pride Rock by his scheming uncle Scar. When he meets a friendly meerkat Timon and his warthog buddy Pumbaa, the new friends set off on an adventure to help Simba find his courage and take back his rightful place in the kingdom. With all the songs you know and love – and an incredible cast including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, this enchanting film is one the whole family can enjoy.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

Fans of Breaking Bad are in for a treat this month with EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE, available to stream now on Netflix. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the film follows on from the shocking series finale – to show us what became of Walter White’s sidekick Jesse Pinkman, played superbly by Emmy winner Aaron Paul. Having escaped from Uncle Jack, Jesse is now on the run from the law – and with the help of Badger and Skinny Pete, he’s forced to come to terms with the dramatic events of his past. Stream EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE now, only on Netflix.

Batwoman (Foxtel Now)

Following the success of her character in last year’s DC Crossover event, Australia’s Ruby Rose is back in black as BATWOMAN – streaming this month on Foxtel Now. Ruby plays Kate Kane, the daughter of wealthy private security contractor Jake Kane – and the cousin of Batman’s Bruce Wayne, who has left Gotham without a hero just when it needs him the most. When her girlfriend is kidnapped by a terrorist group, Kate takes matters into her own hands – using Batman’s crime-fighting toys to go head-to-head with the gang’s leader, the evil mastermind Alice. Stream BATWOMAN each Tuesday on Foxtel Now.

Godfather of Harlem (Stan)

Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker stars in Stan’s gritty new crime series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. Based on the real-life New York City mobster Bumpy Johnson, the series is a prequel to the film American Gangster and takes place in the early 1960’s – when Johnson returns home after a decade in Alcatraz to find his turf taken over by the Italian mafia. To claw back control in a neighbourhood battling poverty, a heroin epidemic and escalating police brutality, he befriends activist Malcolm X – just as the Civil Rights movement is gaining critical momentum. From the co-creator of Narcos, the series also stars Ilfa-nesh Had-air-a, Nigél Thatch, Giancarlo Esposito and Vincent D’Onofrio. Watch the brand new series GODFATHER OF HARLEM – available to stream now, only on Stan.

Spotify: Now available on Telstra TV

Get the party started on your big screen and enjoy millions of songs for free with SPOTIFY, now available on Telstra TV. Browse and play your favourite tracks, albums, playlists and podcasts using your Telstra TV remote – or control what’s playing directly from the Spotify app on your mobile phone or tablet. Subscribe to Spotify Premium to enjoy non-stop music without any ad breaks – visit spotify.com to sign-up and try your first 3 months of Premium for free*. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 18 October:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Telstra TV Box Office)

Max the Terrier and his fellow furry friends are back for even more adventure in Illumination’s latest animated feature, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. A lot has changed since we last saw Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Now that his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) is a mother to toddler Liam, Max has become so completely stressed about making sure the young boy is kept safe that he’s developed a nervous reaction: scratching himself like crazy. When the family heads off on a trip to the country, Max becomes even more of a wreck when he and his poochy pal Duke (Eric Stonestreet) come across some frightening farm animals. That is until an old farm dog named Rooster (Harrison Ford) helps Max to discover his inner courage and find some much-needed balance when it comes to Liam. Back home, wacky bunny Snowball starts thinking he might really be a superhero when his owner starts to dress him up in a mask and cape – so much so that when Shih Tzy Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) turns up to ask for help, he’ll have to pluck up all the bravery he can muster to save the day.

The Laundromat (Netflix)

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep leads an outstanding cast in Steven Soderbergh’s latest comedy-drama film, THE LAUNDROMAT – streaming from this Friday 18 October on Netflix. Based on the disturbing true story surrounding the Panama Papers, the film centres on Ellen Martin (played by Streep), a retiree whose husband dies in a freak accident while on holiday. When their cruise company’s insurance policy refuses to pay out what she’s entitled to, Ellen begins to dig deeper – and what she uncovers is a tangled web of corrupt lawyers, shell companies and offshore accounts being used to prop up the world’s wealthiest and shadiest figures. At the centre of it all is Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas), the Panama City law partners brazenly breaking the law on a global scale to help the super-rich get even richer. Also starring Sharon Stone, David Schwimmer, Will Forte and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Modern Love (Amazon Prime Video)

New to Amazon Prime Video this week is the gorgeously heartwarming anthology series, MODERN LOVE. Across eight standalone episodes, the series explores what it means to find love and romance in today’s messy, complicated world. Whether it’s a modern-day Cinderella story, a married couple fighting keep the spark alive, the joy of bringing new life into the world – or the special bonds we form with our family and friends, love really does keep us all together. With a truly stellar cast including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, John Slattery, Julia Garner and more, all eight episodes will be available to stream from this Friday 18 October only on Amazon Prime Video.

Looking for Alaska (Stan)

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by ‘The Fault in our Stars’ author John Green, Stan’s eight episode coming-of-age series LOOKING FOR ALASKA is available to stream in full from 7pm (AEDT) this Saturday 19 October. Charlie Plummer plays Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter, an angsty Floridian teen who convinces his parents to send him off to boarding school in Alabama. When he gets there, his new dorm roommate Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin (played by Denny Love) introduces him to his best friend Takumi (Jay Lee) and the titular Alaska (Kristine Froseth) – a mysteriously captivating yet unavailable girl who captures his heart. The group of outsiders hit it off right away – partying, playing pranks and sharing deep-and-meaningful secrets that lead to them forming lifelong bonds extending far beyond their high school experience. But when tragedy strikes, they’re forced to come to terms with their complex emotions, to make sense of it all and find a way forward in life.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 October:

Toy Story 4 (Telstra TV Box Office)

All your favourite characters are back for one last adventure with Disney Pixar’s blockbuster animation, TOY STORY 4 – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Nine years in the making, the latest film in this much-loved franchise follows on from Toy Story 3 when the toys of teenager Andy found a new home with five year old Bonnie. During arts and crafts on Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten, she creates her own toy called Forky (voiced by Veep’s Tony Hale) – who quickly becomes her new favourite. When Bonnie’s family head off on a road trip in their Winnebago, Forky jumps out the window and Woody (Tom Hanks) – knowing how important Forky is to Bonnie – heads out to bring him back. But an unexpected detour leads Woody to be reunited with his old friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who was sold at a garage sale years earlier. Now living as a “lost toy” without a kid of her own, she invites Woody to join her and find a new purpose in life at the carnival. That is, until Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the gang come to the rescue. 

The Masked Singer Australia (10 play)

Tune in to discover what all the fuss is about, as the worldwide phenomenon THE MASKED SINGER hits Australia’s shores – streaming each Monday and Tuesday night on 10 play. Combining the thrills and chills of a singing competition with the mystery and drama of a guessing game, each week a group of celebrity contestants individually perform before a live audience and a “guessing panel” consisting of Lindsay Lohan, Dannii Minogue, Jackie O and Dave Hughes. But there’s a catch – the singers are covered up from head to toe in elaborately magnificent costumes created by award-winning Australian designer Tim Chappel. Each time our secret celebs sing, a clue about their identity is shared – and then it’s up to them to try to conceal who they really are. Each episode, the panel and the audience then vote for their favourite performance – and the contestant with the lowest number of votes is forced to remove their mask and reveal all.

The Real Dirty Dancing (7plus)

You’ll have the time of your life watching the brand new dancing reality series, THE REAL DIRTY DANCING – streaming each Sunday and Monday on 7plus. Based on the much-loved eighties movie, the series brings together eight Aussie celebrities to relive the nostalgia-inducing journey taken by the characters played by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Filmed on location at Kellerman’s Resort in Virginia, the contestants – including actor Hugh Sheridan, journalist Jessica Rowe, presenter Jamie Durie, comedian Anne Edmonds and others – are put through their paces by choreographers Todd McKenney and Kym Johnson as they learn iconic dance numbers from the film. The pair who perform the best will be selected to play the roles of Baby and Johnny in a special performance back home in Australia, where they will recreate the famous lift against the backdrop of the movie’s iconic soundtrack.    

Love Island Australia (9Now)

Get your daily dose of reality romance with season two of LOVE ISLAND AUSTRALIA, airing Mondays to Fridays from 8:45pm and streaming on demand on 9Now. Sophie Monk is back to play Cupid, as she whisks a group of Aussie singles off to a luxury island villa – this time closer to home in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Based on the hugely popular British reality series, the show sees the love-hungry contestants coupling up each week – and whoever finds themselves without a partner is booted off the island. Throwing a few spanners into the works to make it all the more interesting, new singles are introduced into the mix, while weekly challenges and games are played to test their knowledge of each other and find out who’s really in love and who is just playing the game. The last couple left will win a cash prize to begin their new life together – or for a more dramatic twist, one of them can choose to take the whole lot for themselves. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll become completely absorbed by this addictive series.

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