From the much anticipated arrival of Hamilton to an intriguing drama about motherhood and jealousy here’s what to watch this week.
Super Saturday is almost upon us, but for anyone not ready or able to venture into the world yet there’s plenty on screen for your entertainment pleasure . Including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on Disney Plus, the nostalgic fuelled adaptation of The Baby-Siters Club, a new thriller about two expectant mothers on the BBC, an important documentary about disability and Cate Blanchett’s timely Netflix drama Stateless. Here’s our recommendations…
It’s been a while coming but finally Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip hop musical comes to TV screens. The filmed performance of the genre-busting and utterly beloved musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton a political upstart who arrived in the US from the Carribean and eventually became one of the founding fathers of the USA. With theatres in crisis due to coronavirus, revel in the next best opportunity to be in the room where it happens.
Friday July 3 on Disney Plus
The Baby-Sitters Club
For many growing up in the 90s The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M.Martin were rocket fuel for adolescent dreams with their tales of a group of teens who set up a neighbourhood babystitting group. They had their own phone! And unlimited junk food! And were surprigintly feminist! Now the books have been translated to the small screen where you can watch Kristy, Mary-Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn in glorious, contemporary 3-D.
Friday July 3 on Netflix
Alex Brooker: Disability And Me
Sunday July 5, 9pm on BBC Two
The Luminaries on BBC One
Eleanor Catton’s Booker prize winning novel is bought to life in a lavish BBC adaptation – which Catton also adapted for TV. Set in New Zealand in the 19th Century at the height of the gold rush the six-part series follows Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson) who has travelled to New Zealand in search of a new life. There she meets and falls for adventurer Emery Staines (Himesh Patel) but their meeting triggers a strange magic. Eva Green also starsas a psychic and fortune teller. Episode four sees Himesh and a heavily pregnant Anna reunited but it has disastrous consequences
Sunday July 5, 9pm on BBC One
The Secrets She Keeps
This popular Australian psychological thriller arrives in the UK to tell the story of two mums-to-be and the secrets they keep. Meghan is a mummy blogger who looks to have it all, but in reality her third baby wasn’t planned, and she’s having marriage and money troubles. And then there’s Agatha (Laura Carmichael who played Lady Edith in Downton Abbey) who works in a supermarket, has no boyfriend and has a worrying obsession with Meghan.
Monday July 6, 9pm on BBC One
Insecure season 4 on Sky Comedy
Joy of joys. Issa Rae and her brilliant comedy Insecure returns for a fourth series. The show about Issa and Molly (Yvonne Oriji) has always had their friendship as the bedrock. But although Issa has a new home and a new work project to get excited about, there are cracks showing in their friendship.
Tuesday July 7, 9pm, Sky Comedy
Four strangers’ lives – an air hostess escaping from a cult, an Afghan refugee, a young father and a bureaucrat– intersect at an Australian detention centre in this bold new drama tackling Australia’s immigration policy. Co-created by and starring Cate Blanchett it also stars Yvonne Strahovski (Serena in The Handmaid’s Tale), Dominic West, Fayssal Bazzi, Jai Courtney and Asher Keddie in the six-part drama
Wednesday July 8 on Netflix
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix
The Eurovision Song Contest was another of the many things to fall victim to the coronavirus, but this new Netflix film is here to fill in some of the gaps. Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, who together are known as Fire Saga, and have always wanted to perform at Eurovision. Until one day, against the odds, they’re given the chance. Demi Lovato and Downton star Dan Stevens also star as rival contenders for the crown.
On Netflix now
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