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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on November 9, 2018

7 min read

Feast your eyes on a healthy helping of fresh new content, available this week on Telstra TV. Check out some of our favourite new movies and TV shows streaming right now.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (BigPond Movies)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

For a heart-racing movie night in, grab the popcorn and strap in for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, this time assigned to prevent the exchange of three stolen nuclear weapons in Berlin. But when a member of his team is taken hostage, Ethan attempts to save him and the bad guys manage to make off with the plutonium. With the fate of civilisation now in their hands, Ethan and his IMF crew track the warheads to Paris, where they team up with CIA operative August Walker (played by Henry Cavill) and former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) for an action-packed dash to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

And to celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win an amazing holiday for two to Paris, France – including flights, transfers and accommodation. Simply buy^ (or rent from 21 November) Mission: Impossible – Fallout on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 4 December 2018. ^See website for full details and conditions, including what “Buy” means.

Waco (SBS On Demand)

Waco - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

New this month to SBS On Demand is the entire six-episode miniseries, WACO. Based on the real life events surrounding the 1993 siege in Waco Texas, the story follows David Koresh (played by Taylor Kitsch) and his religious sect, The Branch Davidians, in their ill-fated standoff against agents from the FBI and ATF. When the group are suspected of stockpiling weapons, the agencies surround their compound. But when Koresh and his devoted followers stand their ground, it’s up to FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) to convince the men, women and children of the commune to come out peacefully. Unfortunately, ATF agent Mitch Decker (Shea Whigham) and his boss Tony Prince (Glenn Fleshler) have more heavy-handed tactics in mind to force the group out. The series is cinematic in scale and genuinely gripping, with an all star ensemble cast including Andrea Riseborough, Julia Garner and Rory Culkin as David Thibodeau – whose 1999 book was used as the basis for the series.

The Bold Type (Stan)

The Bold Type - Stan - Telstra TV

Fans of Younger or Girls will love THE BOLD TYPE, with all 20 episodes from seasons one and two available this Friday 9 November only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced world of fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet, this intelligent and very current comedy/drama series focuses on journalists and work friends Jane (played by Katie Stevens), Kat (Australia’s Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they strive for success and live life large in the Big Apple. Reporting to their driven but supportive boss Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin) – a character based on the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles, and who sometimes walks her office treadmill in heels – these smart and capable women help each other to learn and grow through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship.

Don’t Stop the Music (ABC iview)

Don’t Stop the Music - ABC iview - Telstra TV

And starting this Sunday 11 November 2018 is the new Australian documentary series, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – airing on ABC from 7:30pm (AEDT) and streaming on ABC iview. Hosted by Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and music educator Dr. Anita Collins, this inspiring series explores the benefits of learning music in the classroom and the effects it can have on improving academic performance, attendance and confidence. Over three one-hour episodes, a number of prominent international musicians attest to the power that music has had in transforming their lives – as they mentor the teachers and students of Challis Community Primary School in Armadale. After months of training and lots of practice, the show culminates in the students showcasing their school’s new music program with a performance at the Perth Concert Hall.

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

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 2 November:

House of Cards (Netflix)

House of Cards - Netflix - Telstra TV

Back for its sixth and final season, this week is the critically-acclaimed and ruthlessly dark political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS – with all eight episodes streaming from Friday 2 November on Netflix. It’s Claire Underwood’s turn now, as the frosty former First Lady becomes the nation’s first female President, stepping into the leading role we’ve all been waiting for. With a truly breathtaking performance by Robin Wright, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show, this season we reach the pinnacle of a lifelong career of conspiracies, carnage and cover-ups wrought by Washington’s modern-day Machiavellians. With her husband Frank now dead under suspicious circumstances, their henchman Doug behind bars for Zoe’s murder and reporter Hammerschmidt still investigating the power couple’s malevolent rise to the top, Claire’s enemies are mounting and the public wants blood. But this incredibly cunning commander-in-chief won’t be bested – and the results are deliciously terrifying.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (BigPond Movies)

Ant-Man and the Wasp - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies this week is Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the hilarious action-packed sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. Serving out the final days of his house arrest for his crimes in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) is kidnapped by his former mentor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and asked to once again don his superhero suit, giving him the ability to instantaneously shrink and grow in size and strength. This time he’s teaming up with Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) – who is suited up in her own super Wasp outfit to rescue her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, an alternate dimension accessible only by subatomic shrinking. But to do that they’re going to have to face off against the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a molecularly unstable villain searching for a cure to her own condition. Don’t worry, it’s not all as heavy as it sounds. Thanks to the brilliant chemistry between the mismatched titular characters, the film is loads of fun for the whole family – with plenty of tongue-in-cheek gags and witty one-line zingers.

My Dinner with Hervé (Foxtel Now)

My Dinner with Hervé - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

If you’re familiar with the eighties catchphrase, “Ze plane! Ze plane!”, then you won’t want to miss MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ on Foxtel Now – a film based on the true story behind the rise and fall of the world’s most famous dwarf. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage plays Hervé Villechaize, the French actor who rapidly rose to fame on the set of the iconic television series, Fantasy Island. When a recovering alcoholic journalist (played by Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan) is sent from London to LA to interview Villechaize, Hervé lures him into a wild night about town in his limousine – recounting the triumphant, tawdry and tragic details of his life story that took him from shame to fame and back again. Dinklage expertly portrays a man whose success was fueled by an unrelenting desire to overcome pain and vulnerability, and whose eventual undoing came about from the bitterness that pain bred. And as the initially dismissive but ultimately intrigued reporter, Dornan’s character is both challenging and compassionate in his quest to draw out the truth.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live (7plus)

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live - 7plus - Telstra TV
It’s the race that stops a nation – and this year, you can stream the MELBOURNE CUP live via the 7plus app on Telstra TV. Tune in from 3:00pm (AEDT) this Tuesday 6 November to catch all the excitement of Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse racing event, broadcast live around Australia from Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman, the Cup offers up a full day of riveting races, fabulous fashions on the field and international music acts including Sam Smith and The Presets.

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The Google Assistant now makes it even easier to enjoy Telstra TV


Posted on November 9, 2018

4 min read

Telstra TV is your gateway to thousands of TV shows and movies, through catch-up, live TV and on-demand. We’re constantly striving to make the Telstra TV experience even better, and our latest update brings voice control to Australia’s most popular streaming box through our partnership with Google.

We’ve all been there. You’re just about to settle down to stream the must-see series everyone in the office has been talking about when you realise you’ve lost the remote.

Now that annoying search around the living room will take a back seat to more relaxed enjoyment, thanks to a new integration with Google Assistant that brings voice control to Telstra TV.

The Google Assistant works on all Google Home devices, a range of third-party speakers, as well as the latest Android and iOS smartphones. It’s intuitive to use – just say “Hey Google,” and issue a command or ask a question to get a response from your Assistant.

We’ve enabled new voice commands for Telstra TV through the Google Assistant that match the features you’re most likely to use, and more are on the way.

You’ll be able to ask your Google Assistant to turn on your Telstra TV — which, for many modern TVs, will also turn on the screen itself — as well as open your favourite apps.

We also wanted to make it even easier to watch live TV, so you can ask the Google Assistant to “tune in” to a TV channel on your Telstra TV.

So, for example you can say “Hey Google, tune to Channel 9HD on the Telstra TV.”

And, of course, you can pause video and resume playing whenever you’re ready by using your voice.

Just say: “Hey Google, pause the Telstra TV” or, “Hey Google, resume the Telstra TV”.

Through the Google Assistant, Telstra TV owners will also be able to setup custom routines. These combine a set of actions and commands that can be triggered with a single voice command. For example, owners will be able to dim the lights and launch BigPond Movies on Telstra TV just by saying: “Hey Google, it’s movie time”. You can set up routines within the Assistant settings under your profile section of the Google Home App.

And soon, voice integration on Telstra TV will become even smarter. Owners will be able to ask their Google Assistant to search for a specific movie or TV show on Telstra TV, and launch straight into the title without having to press a single button on the remote.

Having access to all our Telstra TV apps means you’ll be able to switch between live TV and catch-up or on-demand video from all Australia’s major TV channels, or jump straight to an app like YouTube or Foxtel Now, using just your voice and a Google Assistant-enabled device.

If you’re interested in trying out the Assistant on a Google Home speaker, we stock the Google Home and Google Home Mini, which connect to your home Wi-Fi and give you voice control of your Telstra TV and other smart home devices. You can learn more about the Google Assistant, and how to use it, here.

You can also find out how to pair your existing Telstra TV with Google Assistant here.

And to help our new and existing customers bring voice control into their homes, we are offering a bonus Google Home Mini with the purchase of any eligible Android device, home broadband plan or Smart Home kit. This offer runs until 25 December 2018.

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5 spooky films and TV series you can’t miss this Halloween


Posted on October 30, 2018

4 min read

As much as it is about dressing up and foraging for sugary treats, Halloween is also about embracing the addictive thrill of a horror movie or television series with your friends and family. Here’s a list of the best new content on Telstra TV, sure to scare your socks off.

Hereditary (BigPond Movies)

Hereditary - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

It’s no surprise that this chilling film has been dubbed one of the best horror movies of 2018, as you’ll find it still toying at your mind weeks after watching. Expect to ride a roller coaster of emotions as you follow the tainted life of the Grahams who are grappling with the loss of their family matriarch and beloved grandmother. After a series of horrific turns including an unspeakable accident that must be seen to be believed, the family begins to unravel terrifying secrets about their ancestry and the fate they’ve inherited. Leading the cast as a distraught mother and grieving child, Toni Collette’s brilliant performance in Hereditary on BigPond Movies provides all the heart-wrenching screams you’ll want to let out too.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina - Netflix - Telstra TV

Giving us real Riverdale vibes, this delightfully darker Netflix adaption of the iconic 90s series is a brilliant depiction of the original ‘Archie’ universe comic series – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Less tailored to children and much more focused on the dark side of witchcraft, this addictive new Netflix original will have you jumping in your seat while falling in love with the beautiful and charismatic cast. Leading the way as half-witch-half-mortal Sabrina Spellman, you’ll remember Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men – but little Sally Draper is all grown up and completely owns this show as her character struggles with juggling high school life and her ever-increasing powers.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (Foxtel Now)

American Horror Story: Apocalypse - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

As the newest season in this brilliant horror series, American Horror Story: Apocalypse on Foxtel Now has been one of the most anticipated as it provides devout viewers with long-awaited answers. It crosses over three of the previous seasons, bringing back iconic cast favourites we’ve all been missing. The season starts out with a nuclear holocaust destroying the world, forcing a very select group of individuals underground in an attempt to restore the world’s order – or so we’re told. Quickly, viewers will be gifted with the jump-worthy supernatural scenes we expect from AHS as satanic forces seek to infiltrate their less-than-perfect refuge.

Ash vs The Evil Dead (Stan)

Ash vs The Evil Dead - Stan - Telstra TV

The perfect blend of black comedy and horror, Ash vs Evil Dead on Stan provides a very-welcome follow-up story for fans of the cult-classic Evil Dead films, set approximately 30 years after the last movie. Bringing back Bruce Campbell in his iconic role as ‘Ash’, the series follows his struggle with adjusting to ‘normal’ life after returning from 1300AD as he’s forced to reclaim his role as protector and defend the world against possession from ‘the evil dead’ plague that threatens to destroy mankind. Packed full of gore, jump-scares, quick-wit comments and complex character relationships, this is a uniquely binge-worthy series seriously worth checking out.

Supernatural (tenplay)

Supernatural - tenplay - Telstra TV

Now onto its fourteenth season and thirteenth year on-air, ghoul-fighting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester are struggling with their own humanity as Dean’s soul is possessed by a dark spirit who strives to align with other powerful supernatural entities surrounding the boys. Now facing vampires, werewolves and dangerous demons, Supernatural on tenplay is showing no signs of slowing down as it provides die-hard fans with more thrills than ever before. And while it’ll leave you checking under the bed, you’ll love watching the strong brotherly bond as the pair work together to save the world from the possession of evil that only seems to be intensifying.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on October 25, 2018

15 min read

There’s something for everyone this week on Telstra TV, with the latest family, comedy and drama entertainment streaming right now, straight to your big screen. Check out some of our fresh favourites this week.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (BigPond Movies)

Mamma Mia - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Get your dancing shoes on and your vocal cords warmed up for the ABBA-packed MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN! – streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. A sequel/prequel to the 2008 smash hit romantic comedy, this feel-good musical movie alternates between present day – where a pregnant Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) is reopening her mother Donna’s hotel on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi – and the events of 1979, when a young Donna (Lily James) travels through Europe and meets the three young men who eventually become Sophie’s potential fathers. Through love, loss, friendship and heartache we see how various relationships have shaped the lives of mother and daughter – with all and sundry eventually coming together for a fabulously jubilant party, gatecrashed by Cher herself (who plays Sophie’s grandmother) – arriving dramatically by helicopter to sing ‘Fernando’ with her former lover, played by Andy García. Also be on the lookout for cameos from ABBA’s Benny and Björn, the former starring as a restaurant pianist during ‘Waterloo’ and the latter playing a university professor. How can you resist it?

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Bodyguard - Netflix - Telstra TV

For an intensely good weekend of viewing, check out the UK’s highest rated series of 2018, BODYGUARD – with all six episodes available to stream now on Netflix. Gripping from the very beginning, the series starts with an off-duty Sergeant David Budd (played by Richard Madden from Game of Thrones), who uncovers a terrorist plot aboard the London-bound train he’s travelling on with his two young children. When he saves the day, he’s rewarded with a promotion to act as Protection Officer to Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). The problem is, she’s a vocal supporter of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who wants to broaden the government’s powers of surveillance over its citizens – and he’s a former soldier who suffers from PTSD and now resents the politicians who sent him off to war. It’s a conflict that will keep you guessing, as the series unfolds, whether David is the hero he seems to be or if he’s somehow involved in the ever-present danger faced by the Minister he’s assigned to protect. This fast-paced, thrilling miniseries is one you won’t want to miss.

Fighting Season (Foxtel Now)

Fighting Season - Foxtel Now- Telstra TV

Coming to Foxtel Now this week is the highly anticipated new Australian drama series, FIGHTING SEASON – with episodes airing each Sunday night at 8:30pm (AEDT) from 28 October. Set in the aftermath of an unsanctioned army mission gone wrong, Sergeant Sean “Speedo” Collins (played by Jay Ryan) returns home from Afghanistan amidst a cloud of suspicion surrounding the death of his unit commander. Suffering from the trauma of war and struggling to reintegrate into family and civilian life, Speedo and his platoon are also faced with uncovering what really happened, realising that there might be more to the death than they first thought. In a culture where hierarchy, obedience and protecting your own are imperative, they must balance their search for the truth against the need to shield those who could be hurt by it coming out. From the producers of Cleverman and The Sapphires, the series is raw and gritty, with outstanding performances from cast members Ewen Leslie, George Pullar, Julian Maroun, Marco Alosio and Sarah Armanious.

Young Sheldon (9Now)

Young Sheldon - 9Now - Telstra TV

And back for its second season this week on 9Now is YOUNG SHELDON, the spin-off prequel series to the hugely popular The Big Bang Theory. Narrated by Jim Parsons as the adult Sheldon looking back on his childhood years, the sitcom follows the socially awkward, germaphobic ten-year-old maths and science geek as he navigates high school and family life in small-town Texas. Sheldon (played by Iain Armitage, who you’ll recognise as Ziggy from Big Little Lies) is smarter than everyone else around him and he knows it, leading to the hilarious irritation of his classmates and family. Growing up with a devout Christian mum, a football coach dad and siblings who tease the hell out of him as often as possible leads to clashes aplenty, especially in a town where religion and sports are valued more than smarts. But thankfully Sheldon has “Meemaw” in his corner, his wise and supportive grandmother who is dating Sheldon’s eccentric physics professor penpal, Dr. John Sturgis. In season two, a hum that only Sheldon can hear leads to him pulling apart the fridge – and then having to start a paper route to pay his parents back for the repairs. And when another child prodigy comes to the attention of Dr. Sturgis, Sheldon becomes jealous of the new rival.

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

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 October:

Skyscraper (BigPond Movies)

Skyscraper on Telstra TV
Strap in for an edge-of-your-seat action packed movie night in with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in SKYSCRAPER, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. When veteran Marine and former FBI hostage negotiator, Will Sawyer (Johnson), is offered a job to assess the security of the world’s tallest and most technologically advanced skyscraper before its official opening, his wife (Neve Campbell) and children tag along – moving into an apartment on the 96th floor. But when Sawyer uncovers an underworld plot to sabotage the development and its powerful financier by hacking the building and setting it ablaze, he becomes the prime suspect – and he must race against time to dodge the police, find the real culprits and rescue his family from the towering inferno. With plenty of hair-raising heights and death-defying stunts, made even more suspenseful by Sawyer scaling the building with a detachable prosthetic leg, the film will definitely deliver the goods for fans of classic action films like Die Hard and Mission: Impossible.

Making a Murderer – Part 2 (Netflix)

Making A Murderer on Telstra TV
It’s the follow-up series true crime fans have been waiting for: MAKING A MURDERER –  PART 2 is available to stream in full on Netflix from this Friday 19 October. For those new to this gripping documentary series (and a refresher for everyone else) – SPOILER ALERT – the first season followed the wrongful conviction of Steven Avery, who spent eighteen years behind bars for sexual assault before being exonerated on DNA evidence. Upon his release, Avery attempts to expose the judicial corruption that led to his incarceration – until he is suddenly charged with murder and sent back to prison. The second season focuses on Steven’s appeal, with a fresh team of experts called in to question everything, uncover new evidence and challenge the questionable confession of Avery’s 16 year old nephew, Brendan Dassey, which was used to discredit Steven’s alibi. The filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos also return to Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, to explore the greater impact of the case on the families of the victim, the accused and the community as a whole.

Pine Gap (ABC iview)

Pine Gap on Telstra TV
New to ABC iview this week is the Australian spy thriller, PINE GAP – with all six episodes available to stream now. Set in the remote desert just outside of Alice Springs, this drama series follows the intelligence agents who work on the operations floor of a joint American-Australian defence facility known as “Pine Gap”. As one of three such facilities in the world – the others in Colorado USA and Harrogate UK – its employees are tasked with spy satellite surveillance across Asia, Russia and the Middle East. While the team are busy monitoring an APEC summit in Myanmar attended by the Prime Minister and the US President, they’re caught off guard when they fail to detect the launch of an armed warhead in the region that brings down a commercial airliner. With death and destruction happening on their watch, questions are raised about how the analysts could have missed such a crucial event – and the team start to suspect that an insider might have infiltrated their systems and could be working against them.

Deutschland 86 (Stan)

Deutschland 86 on Telstra TV
What’s better than one spy drama? Two spy dramas! The highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s critically acclaimed series, Deutschland 83, returns to Stan this weekend with DEUTSCHLAND 86 streaming weekly from this Saturday 20 October. In season one (available to stream in full on Stan), 24 year old East German border guard Martin Rauch (played by Jonas Nay) was sent undercover to West Germany to spy for the State Secret Police. Infiltrating the West German army, the rookie spy used any means necessary to gather information about NATO’s military strategy – with enough narrow escapes to keep viewers sufficiently tense throughout. Flash forward three years to 1986 and we find that Martin has been exiled to Africa for blowing his cover at the end of season one. With East Germany now bankrupt after being abandoned by Moscow, the young agent’s aunt (who was also his handler in season one) brings him back into the fold to help the leadership raise cash abroad – using capitalist means, dark trades and dangerous deals to save their communist regime. Set against an international eighties pop soundtrack, this stylish series is as fun to watch as it is addictively exhilarating.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 12 October:

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (BigPond Movies)

Sicario: Day of the Soldado - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Fresh from the cinema this week on BigPond Movies is the thrilling sequel to the 2015 hit film Sicario, SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO. After a bombing in Kansas City is linked to terrorists believed to have been smuggled across the border by Mexican drug cartels, CIA agent Matt Graver (played by Josh Brolin) enlists the help of hitman Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) to start a war between the cartels that will bring about their mutual destruction. To turn up the heat, the team kidnaps the 12-year-old daughter (Isabela Moner) of the cartel boss who killed Alejandro’s family. But the mission doesn’t quite go as planned – and the pair is left to make some tough decisions about what to do with the girl, and where their allegiances truly lie. Chock full of brutally ruthless shootouts, grippingly tense maneuvers and touching on the timely issues of border security and refugees, this action-packed sequel is sure to satisfy.

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair (Stan)

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair - Stan - Telstra TV

Fans of McDreamy can see a different side of Patrick Dempsey in his latest ten-part miniseries, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR, streaming now on Stan. In an attempt to overcome his writer’s block, novelist Marcus Goldman (played by Ben Schnetzer) travels to Sommerdale to stay with his former college professor and mentor – the literary icon, Harry Quebert (Dempsey). But when the remains of a fifteen year old girl are found buried on the property, Harry becomes the prime suspect in her murder and uncovering the truth becomes the basis for Goldman’s next book. As the series unfolds, Marcus learns about Harry’s history with the young girl and her troubling family life decades earlier. Directed by Academy Award winner Jean-Jacques Annaud in his television debut and based on the bestselling novel by Swiss author Joël Dicker, this visually cinematic series is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)

The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix - Telstra TV

If you’re in the mood for a fright-filled psychological horror, check out the suspensefully terrifying new Netflix series, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE – with all ten episodes streaming this Friday 12 October. Based on Shirley Jackson’s classic novel of the same name, which also spawned two films and a play, the series tells the story of the Crain family who moved into the titular residence over 25 years ago to renovate and sell it. While growing up in the old mansion, a series of sinister supernatural occurrences eventually force them to flee their home in the middle of the night – and the trauma they endure changes the entire course of their lives. Told in both the present day and looking back at what happened to them as children, we follow Steven (played by Michiel Huisman) who wrote a bestselling novel about their childhood, Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser) who is now a mortician with a family of her own, Theodora (Kate Siegel) who became a child psychologist and Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who has struggled with a lifetime of addiction. Reunited with their father after a family tragedy, they’re all forced to confront what really happened all those years ago at Hill House.

The Walking Dead (Foxtel Now)

The Walking Dead - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV
And back for its ninth season this week on Foxtel Now is THE WALKING DEAD, streaming express from the US each Monday from 1:30pm (AEDT). A year and a half after last season’s epic showdown – where Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel’s communities of zombie apocalypse survivors joined forces to defeat Negan and the Saviours – those who remain are now focused on rebuilding and growing civilisation. But with ever-present threats looming from both outside and within their camps, the task won’t be an easy one – and they’ll have to lay down the law of what will and won’t be tolerated moving forward. This season we bid farewell to Andrew Lincoln, who has played the show’s protagonist Rick Grimes since its very beginning.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 5 October:

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation (BigPond Movies)

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Summer Vacation - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Just in time for the school holidays is the latest installment of the popular animated comedy family film series, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: A MONSTER VACATION – fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Adam Sandler stars as Count Dracula, owner of the hotel where monsters can take a break from humankind (well, almost). The problem is, running the hotel for over a century means he never gets any downtime of his own – that is, until his daughter Mavis (played by Selena Gomez) treats the entire family to a summer holiday aboard a luxury monster cruise liner. It’s all fun and laughs as they work on their moon tans, chow down at the buffet and enjoy some relaxation by the pool – until Drac falls in love with the ship’s human captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), who has a secret plan to eliminate the ship’s monster passengers. All of our favourites from Drac’s Pack are back in this all-star cast including “Frank” Frankenstein (Kevin James) and his wife Eunice (Fran Drescher), Murray the mummy (Keegan-Michael Key), Wayne the werewolf (Steve Buscemi), his wife Wanda (Molly Shannon) and the invisible man Griffin (David Spade).

Will & Grace (Stan)

Will & Grace - Stan - Telstra TV

WILL & GRACE and Karen and Jack are back for the second season of this hilarious revival series, with new episodes streaming weekly on Stan from this Friday 5 October (same day as the US). Returning to television a decade after their groundbreaking original eight-season run, the comedy foursome have only gotten funnier with age. The sharp-tongued, pill-popping, booze-swilling socialite Karen Walker (played by Megan Mullally) is getting a divorce from her never-seen husband Stan, while neurotic interior designer Grace Adler is getting into “politics”, running for President of the Interior Designers Society – and meeting a suitably cantankerous new love interest along the way (David Schwimmer). Ex-lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is trying his hand at teaching and the outrageously fabulous Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) is getting married to his boyfriend Estefan (Brian Jordan Alverez). As always, the series regulars are joined by a star-studded guest cast, this season including Matt Bomer, Jon Cryer, Chelsea Handler and Alec Baldwin.

Trust (Foxtel Now)

Trust - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now this week is the critically acclaimed drama series, TRUST, airing Sunday nights at 9:30pm (AEST) from 7 October. Based on the incredible true story of John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickinson), the grandson of American billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), who was famously kidnapped by the Italian mafia in 1973. Living it up in Rome, “Little Paul” is selling his paintings in exchange for meals while his hanger-on friends are racking up debts in his name. To get them all out of trouble, he hatches an elaborate kidnapping plot to extract funds from the family fortune. But when the plan backfires and the notoriously frugal family patriarch (Donald Sutherland) refuses to pay the ransom, Paul is suddenly embroiled in a dangerous mess with some very ruthless criminals. Starring Hilary Swank as Paul’s unrelenting mother and Brendan Fraser as Getty’s oddball head of security, the series offers up an incredible cast, a thrillingly tense script and visually sublime photography.

The Good Doctor (7plus)

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From the creator of House comes the second heartwarming season of the hit medical drama, THE GOOD DOCTOR, Tuesday nights at 8:30pm (AEST) from 2 October on 7plus. Starring Freddie Highmore as a gifted surgeon with autism, the series intelligently explores overcoming prejudice and celebrating the value of diversity in solving the complicated problems we all face in life. After the runaway ratings success of its first season in both the US and Australia, season two of the series sees the antagonistic Dr Marcus Andrews (played by Hill Harper) running the hospital and instructing Shaun to improve his communication skills rather than focusing solely on solutions. Shaun’s closest friend and colleague Dr Glassman (Richard Schiff) begins his difficult and emotional journey through cancer treatment with the help of oncologist Dr Blaize (Lisa Edelstein). And Shaun faces his greatest challenge yet, as he recovers from the fallout of his past mistakes.

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Crime lovers, here’s 5 shows you need to see


Posted on October 11, 2018

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Whether you love playing detective, enjoy the thrill of a suspenseful scene or are fascinated by the minds of killers, there’s not much better than a well-made crime series. Here’s a selection of some of the best new shows to drop on Telstra TV. 

The Looming Tower (BigPond Movies)

The Looming Tower - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Based on real events from the 1990s, this thrilling new series follows the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the lead-up to 9/11. The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels leads a brilliant cast in his role as John O’Neill, the Chief of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Centre. Placing a big focus on the dangerous rivalry between his team and the CIA, The Looming Tower on BigPond Movies is both informative and addictive as it gives us a deeper insight into a dark era of American history.

Ozark (Netflix)

Ozark - Netflix - Telstra TV

Filling the Breaking Bad-shaped hole in many people’s lives, season two of this popular Netflix Original promises more darkness and twists than ever before. If you’re new to Ozark, the show follows Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), a financial planner who’s forced on-the-run with his family after getting tangled in a money-laundering scheme. Tasked with moving $500 million for a Mexican drug lord, the series traces Marty’s struggle to stay alive while dealing with the dynamics of two teenage children and a stale marriage.

Mr. Mercedes (Foxtel Now)

Mr. Mercedes - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

Fans of Stephen King’s entertainingly dark novels will love this adaption of Mr. Mercedes (Foxtel Now) starring Brendan Gleeson as retired detective, Bill Hodges. After being haunted by the unsolved case of a man who fatally plunged his Mercedes at sixteen people, the focus is turned on Bill as the young psychopath re-emerges online through several e-mails. Embarking on a dangerous crusade, the calmness of retirement is very quickly swept away and replaced with terror.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (Stan)

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Stan - Telstra TV
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair on Stan follows Harry Quebert, a literary icon, who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property. When a friend and mentee goes digging in Quebert’s past to try to defend his innocence, he uncovers a series of dark secrets from underage relationships to toxic family households. Starring Patrick Dempsey in a role like you’ve never seen him before, this breathtaking new series will keep you guessing until the very end.

Criminal Minds (7Plus)

Criminal Minds - 7Plus - Telstra TV

Onto its thirteenth season, Criminal Minds on 7Plus is showing no signs of slowing down as one of the world’s most popular crime series. Following an elite squad of profilers and psychology specialists, the show delves into the mind of some of the most twisted serial killers. Packed full of banter and genius-level IQs, you’ll love watching the team anticipate the killers’ next moves before they’re able to strike again.

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