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Stream the best of British telly with BritBox, now on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn November 23, 2020

BritBox has officially launched today in Australia, giving viewers the chance to enjoy the largest streaming collection of British drama and comedy on demand, all in one place – and best of all, you can find it now on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our faves to get you started.

A partnership between BBC Studios and ITV, BritBox offers subscribers a unique experience, with thousands of hours of the greatest British dramas, comedies, docos and lifestyle shows at your fingertips.

Doctor Who

Since today is officially Doctor Who Day, what better way to start this list than with the iconic cult favourite British sci-fi series available in its 37 season, 727 episode entirety exclusively on BritBox.

Go back to where it all began on this day in 1963 for the First Doctor played by William Hartnell, all the way through to the latest regeneration, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker – as this shapeshifting, TARDIS-travelling immortal Time Lord journeys across “a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff” to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, The Master and Davros.

Spawning magazines, novels, and audio plays, the enduring appeal of the series has been its limitless genre-jumping storylines and low-budget nerdy charm, combined with a plethora of brilliantly talented cast members including Tom Baker, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper, Catherine Tate and Kylie Minogue to name but a few.

All Creatures Great And Small

From one enduring favourite to the remake of another much-beloved classic, BritBox is also the exclusive Australian home of the 2020 reboot of All Creatures Great And Small.

Returning to our screens after 40 years, this enchanting new comedy-drama series was a ratings success when it premiered in the UK earlier this year. Based on James Herriot’s series of novels set in the 1930s, it follows the life of a recently graduated Scottish vet (played by Nicholas Ralph) who moves to the lush-green rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England for work.

When he meets the town’s current unconventional vet, Siegfried (Samuel West), he’s put to the test right away – with hilariously mixed results. After being kicked over in the mud while mending a horse’s hoof and mixing up cats to be desexed after a few too many pints with the welcoming locals, James eventually makes good with the life-saving delivery of a calf, earning himself a permanent job in this idyllic rural community.

A Confession

Nobody does a harrowing crime drama better than the Brits, and A Confession is a prime example of one that combines intelligent writing, superb acting and a relentlessly gripping mix of intrigue and dread from start to finish.

Based on a true story, this six-part series from lauded screenwriter Jeff Pope stars Martin Freeman as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, tasked with investigating the disappearance of twenty-two year old Sian O’Callaghan. When Sian fails to return home after a night out with friends, her boyfriend (Charlie Cooper) contacts Wiltshire Police.

As detectives retrace the girl’s movements from the night, a large scale search begins. Seeing the search on TV, Karen Edwards (Imelda Staunton) is reminded of her own daughter’s disappearance eight years earlier. But when a local taxi driver (Joe Absolom) is questioned, the case takes a worrying turn – and Detective Fulcher’s career ends up in jeopardy as a result.

Absolutely Fabulous

Also well-known for their dry, sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humour, Britons have produced some of the best sitcoms to date – including revered comedies like Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Keeping Up Appearances and The Office – all available on BritBox. But none are perhaps as uniquely absurd, incisively witty and hilariously quotable as AbFab.

Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the series follows the misadventures of a pair of Bolly-swilling, chain-smoking, aging London socialites who will do anything to stay hip. Edina Monsoon (Saunders) barely runs her own PR firm in between hungover mornings, liquid lunches with best friend and fashion mag editor Patsy Stone (Lumley) and constant arguments with her uptight uni student daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha).

Her air-headed assistant, Bubble (Jane Horrocks) isn’t any help either, nor is her sticky-fingered mother June (June Whitfield). Outrageously over-the-top and yet incredibly endearing, it’s a satirical masterpiece befitting its title.

Attenborough and the Giant Egg

Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with the world’s best nature documentaries – his authentically warm and wondrous narrative voice conveying the marvel and majesty he clearly feels when exploring the world’s creatures and the environments they inhabit.

In 1960, Sir David traveled to Madagascar to film one of his first television series, Zoo Quest. He left the island with a giant egg in tow, once belonging to the largest bird in existence, the now extinct Elephant Bird. Half a century later, Attenborough returns to Madagascar to uncover more about the bird and what led to the demise of its species, hoping that knowledge could help save the island’s remaining natural fauna.

Combining archival footage, interviews with Madagascar’s wildlife preservation specialists and Oxford University scientists who are able to date David’s giant egg, the film provides a fascinating look into a creature that has personally captivated Attenborough’s imagination for almost half of his life.

Your Home Made Perfect

In what’s dubbed “the ultimate try before you buy” lifestyle series, Your Home Made Perfect is a home renovation series like no other.

Using virtual reality and lifelike visual effects, two rival architects present their unique remodelling visions to homeowners who have grown tired of their surroundings. Presented by Angela Scanlon, architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison meet with their clients and explore the space, before drawing up detailed plans to meet their goals, budget and council planning regulations.

Then, without lifting a shovel, knocking down a wall or buying a stick of furniture, they each use VR goggles to present their ambitious and very detailed plans to the owners – with the chosen option then being replicated for real.

Sign up to BritBox now for a 7 day free trial, followed by $8.99 per month thereafter (with no contract) or $89.99 upfront for a 12 month subscription. Find out more at britbox.com/au

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn November 13, 2020

We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a family film, a gripping drama or an easy-going comedy, we’ve got what you need to stay entertained.

Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue (Telstra TV Box Office)

Everyone’s favourite pups are back for another heroic adventure in PAW PATROL: JET TO THE RESCUE, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. When Ryder and the Paw Patrol are summoned to Barkingburg Castle, the Earl and Princess reveal that the Royal gem is missing. They soon discover it’s been stolen by the mischievous Duke of Flappington, who conjures its incredible energy to float everything and everyone in Barkingburg up into the sky. Armed with brand new suits and ultra-fast stealth jets, Skye leads the pups on their biggest flight rescue mission yet. Working together, they’ll need to save the town’s people and put a stop to the Duke’s plot before the whole of Barkingburg ends up lost in the clouds forever. And to celebrate the release of the new movie Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue, you can buy* selected seasons/volumes of the Paw Patrol TV series for a special price (limited time only) on Telstra TV Box Office. Offer ends 11:59pm (AEDT) 25 November 2020. *Visit the website for details, including what “buy” means.

Cobra (Foxtel Now)

Britain descends into political chaos in the exciting new disaster drama series, COBRA – streaming Wednesdays from 11 November on Foxtel Now. After scientists raise the alarm about an imminent solar flare likely to cause a catastrophic geomagnetic storm across Europe, the British government shifts into crisis mode. Led by Prime Minister Robert Sutherland (played by Robert Carlyle), a group of senior leaders and national emergency experts hunker down in Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (or COBRA for short) to plan for the worst. As the inevitable hits and the country’s energy grid is blacked out, the population becomes increasingly anxious and disorder starts to set in. But if the threat of vigilantes taking over the streets wasn’t enough of a cause for concern, a number of risky secrets within the COBRA team itself begin to bubble up to the surface. And with political opponents ready to pounce at any given opportunity, they’ll need to tread very carefully as they navigate their way through this intensely precarious situation.

Fargo (SBS On Demand)

Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman lead two rival Kansas City crime families in the fourth season of the Emmy-winning anthology series, FARGO – streaming now on SBS On Demand. Set during the 1950s, for years the dominant racketeer syndicates have managed to keep the peace by trading their youngest sons to live embedded amongst the enemy. But now the fragile truce between the Italian Faddas and the African American Cannon Limited is threatened after the death of the Fadda patriarch, Donatello. And when his impulsive brother Gaetano (Salvatore Esposito) arrives from Italy, it becomes almost impossible for the new don Josto (Schwartzman) to prevent all-out war with Loy Cannon (Rock) and his crew. Unexpectedly entangled in the whole ordeal is the Smutny family (Andrew Bird, Anji White and E’myri Crutchfield) who run the local funeral parlour, while the verbosely upbeat yet sinister Nurse Oraetta Mayflower (Jessie Buckley) retains the Minnesotan connection from seasons past.

Betty (BINGE)

Roll on through all six episodes of the binge-worthy new HBO Gen-Z comedy-drama, BETTY – available to stream now on BINGE. In skateboarder speak, a “Betty” is generally a term of derision for a girl who hangs around the skate park but doesn’t actually do any skating. In this empowering new series, the young women at the centre of the story are reclaiming that name and showing they’re just as good as – if not better than – the males who dominate the New York City skateboarding scene. Based on the director Crystal Moselle’s real life experience with the Skate Kitchen female skaters collective, this fictionalised retelling explores the complicated dynamics of friendship, identity and race through the eyes of the group’s combative but caring leader Kirt (Nina Moran), her vlogger best friend Janay (Dede Lovelace), filmmaker in-the-making Honeybear (Kabrina Adams) and art school drop-out turned dealer Indigo (Ajani Russell). Visually stylish and with a bomb soundtrack available on Spotify, it’s the perfect watch to get you in the mood for summer.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 6 November:

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Telstra TV Box Office)

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett teams up with acclaimed director Richard Linklater to portray one woman’s quest to find herself in the comedy-drama adventure, WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Maria Semple, Blanchett plays Bernadette Fox, a once-renowned architect who now spends her days holed up in a never fixed-up fixer-upper, concerning herself only with her workaholic husband Elgie (played by Billy Crudup), their fifteen year old daughter Bee (Emma Nelson) and antagonising pretty much everyone else including her neighbour, Audrey (Kristen Wiig). When Bee suggests a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for finishing middle school with perfect grades, things take a turn for the somewhat agoraphobic Bernadette. As her behaviour grows stranger and the FBI reveal she’s become mixed up in a Russian mob plot, Bernadette flees. But where did she go?

Moonbase 8 (Stan)

New to Stan this Monday 9 November is the quirky six-episode comedy series, MOONBASE 8. Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker star as enthusiastic yet out of their depth astronauts-in-training Skip, Cap and Rook. Sent to a NASA moon base simulator in a remote corner of the Arizona desert, they are tasked with proving they’re fit to fly their first mission to the lunar surface. Constantly afraid of being kicked out of the program, they take the whole exercise very seriously, except for maybe the admin work. But as they flounder spectacularly in almost every assignment, they start to wonder why they’re even trying in the first place. For Skip, it’s about following in the footsteps of his father, a NASA pioneer. Rook is a deeply religious man with a calling to spread Christianity throughout the universe, while Cap is mostly escaping the debt he’s in following the bankruptcy of his helicopter tour company. Together they’ll need to learn to trust each other and themselves if they’re going to make it to the moon.

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Currently the most watched show in Australia on Netflix and with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes is the seven-part limited series, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT. Set in the 1950s and based on the acclaimed 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, Anya Taylor-Joy plays chess prodigy Beth Harmon – who, abandoned at the Methuen Home for Girls in Kentucky at the age the age of eight, discovers an innate skill for the game when shown how to play by Mr Shaibel (played by Bill Camp), a custodian at the orphanage. Sedated by the facility from an early age, Beth becomes addicted to barbiturates and struggles with the emotional scars of her past. But that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of one day becoming a Chess Grandmaster, even if the male-dominated chess world isn’t quite ready for her. Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Frank, and co-created by Allan Scott who has been working on the screenplay since 1992 in what would have been Heath Ledger’s directorial debut at the time of his death, it’s great to finally see this truly absorbing story come to life on screen.

Stuff Everyone Should Know About Australia (10 play)

During NAIDOC Week this year (8-15 November), find out more about the rich history and culture of Australia’s First Nations people with the fun and fascinating documentary series, STUFF EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA – streaming from 8 November on 10 play. Hosted by actor and comedian Elaine Crombie and speaking to Indigenous Australians across Sydney, regional and outback NSW, this three-part series will bust myths and celebrate truths about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history. Learn about the sustainability practices of the “Original Greenies” who responsibly took care of the land for thousands of years, get a better understanding of the belief system known as The Dreaming and the songlines that connect people and place, story and identity, and visit just a few of the First Nations cultural sites – including where ancient stone fragments were found containing starch, suggesting Aboriginal people were likely to have been the world’s first bread makers.

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Scream streams: 34 of the best Halloween movies to watch on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn October 30, 2020

Hair-raising thrillers, fan-favourite cult classics, campy dark comedies and family-friendly fare – whether you’re looking for a trick or a treat, there’s something for everyone to stream this Halloween on Telstra TV.

A Quiet Place (Telstra TV Box Office)

In scary movies, there’s nothing quite as terrifying as the unbearable suspense of impending danger. And of all the modern thrillers out there today, none have mastered this technique quite as well as A QUIET PLACE, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. In a world overrun by sightless killer monsters who hunt by sound alone, one young family have learned to adjust to the ever-present threat. Knowing that any noise they make could be their last, they carefully go about their daily routines on their isolated rural farm – in a region that seems mostly serene, without another living soul for miles. But it’s exactly this combination of the hushed soundscape and their hyper-vigilance that amps the tension up to twelve. With two young kids and another on the way (yes, Emily Blunt’s character is pregnant!) you just know someone’s going to slip up sooner or later. Look out for A Quiet Place: Part II, due for release in theatres in 2021.

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Scream (Stan)

What’s your favourite scary movie? If you grew up in the nineties, then Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s teen slasher flick SCREAM is probably the answer. With the first 3 Scream films available to stream on Stan, you can go back to where it all began for franchise heroine Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell). On the anniversary of her mother’s murder, the Woodsboro High School student and her friends each receive sinister phone calls from a stranger with a keen interest in horror movies. When they refuse to play along, it’s suddenly revealed that the call was coming from inside the house (at a time when mobile phones weren’t all that common) and they’re attacked by a knife-wielding killer in a black cloak and a ghost-face mask. With the killer’s identity unknown and the body count still rising, it’s up to Sidney, the town’s deputy sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and local news reporter Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) to crack the case and survive the night.

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Pet Sematary (SBS On Demand)

Based on what is said to be Stephen King’s most disturbing book (and that’s really saying something), the 1989 original cult classic is available on SBS On Demand and Telstra TV Box Office – with it’s 2019 remake also on Telstra TV Box Office and Foxtel Now. After Doctor Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) move their family to a country house in Maine, their cat Church is run over on the nearby highway. To avoid upsetting their daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), their neighbour Jud (Fred Gwynne) introduces Louis to an old pet cemetery – with a sign that’s misspelled “sematary” in a childlike scrawl – in the woods next to their house. After burying the cat there, it returns home the next day – smelly and with a newfound mean streak, but alive nonetheless. So when Louis’ three year old son Gage (Miko Hughes) is tragically killed on the same highway, you can probably guess what his father does next – and that it won’t turn out well for any of them.

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Death Becomes Her (BINGE)

Jump-scares and bloodshed aren’t everyone’s idea of a good time, so why should the horror fans have all the fun? There are plenty of campy dark comedies perfect for a Halloween movie night – with our pick among them being DEATH BECOMES HER, streaming on BINGE and Foxtel Now. Starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, the story follows the bitter feud between fading actress Madeline Ashton and longtime writer friend Helen Sharp. When Madeline steals away her fiancé, plastic surgeon Doctor Ernest Menvill, Helen vows to one day exact her revenge. Many years later when her marriage is on the rocks and her career is in the toilet, Madeline discovers Helen is thriving – publishing a new book and looking younger than ever. Desperate to regain her youthful beauty, Madeline accepts a potion from a mysterious socialite (Isabella Rossellini). It turns out the elixir not only winds back the years, but also makes Madeline immune to death. Which is just as well, because Helen and Ernest are plotting to kill her – and the results are pure comedy gold.

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Hubie Halloween (Netflix)

Perfect for the whole family this Halloween is the brand new Adam Sandler comedy, HUBIE HALLOWEEN – streaming now on Netflix. In Salem Massachusetts, the town’s self-appointed neighbourhood watchmen Hubie supervises the festivities – ensuring the community is kept safe, despite them poking fun at his quirks and playing cruel pranks on him. But this year, Hubie’s got his work cut out for him when news breaks of a psychiatric hospital inmate (Rob Schneider) on the loose and a strange new neighbour moving in (Steve Buscemi) who Hubie suspects of being a werewolf. His concerns are dismissed by the local cops (Kevin James and Kenan Thompson) and ridiculed by his former high school classmates (Maya Rudolph and Tim Meadows), even when townsfolk start to go missing one by one. Now it’s up to Hubie alone to track down the culprit and save the town from the kidnapper and each other. Also starring Julie Bowen, Ben Stiller, Ray Liotta, June Squibb, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Chiklis.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn October 23, 2020

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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Enola Holmes on Telstra TV
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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.

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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.