Netflix’s This is Pop, TVNZ’s Junior Bake Off among the best shows to stream
Veteran Australian actress Claudia Karvan co-created and stars in this 10-part drama set in and around Sydney’s western suburbs.
Olympia “Oly” Chalmers-Davis (Nathalie Morris) is an ambitious, high-performing teenager who faces the fallout of an unexpected pregnancy.
“To bump presents a range of decent people getting confused, doing their best, sometimes drunk and apologizing ”, wrote Ageby Debi Enker. “As a bonus, there is a beautifully developed and upside down love story.”
As the title suggests, the main focus of this animated series is teenage Duncan Harris (voiced by series co-creator Amy Poehler). After king of the hillis Bobby as Bart Simpson, he’s a C + student with low self-esteem and an eclectic group of friends. They all live in the nondescript little town of Oakdale (the city’s slogan “a place to live in Oak-kay”), best known for its iconic Ol ‘Oakie tree (where witches were hanged).
As family dynamics and celebrity cameos exude a family guy atmosphere, in truth, Duncanville has more in common with the above king of the hill – there is a lot of heart and truth to some of the most obscene and crass jokes.
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Creators of Downton abbey, comes this 17th century period drama that revolves around a group of English settlers as they attempt to establish community in the “New World”.
After more than a decade of autonomy, the men are joined by a group of English women apparently bound to marry those who paid for their passage. Among them are Jocelyn, Alice and Verity, who arrive with no idea what the future holds or what disruption they are about to bring.
“It’s more fun than high culture or history lessons. An expensive soap, in other words, wrote The Guardian’Sam wollaston.
JUNIOR BAKE OFF (TVNZ ON REQUEST)
After a three-year hiatus (and a change of UK broadcaster), the kids’ version of the popular UK cooking contest returned in 2019 with a new format, judges and a host.
Comedian Harry Hill provides the puns, while adult Bake Off contestant Liam Charles and main series judge Prue Leith sample the results of the 20 entrants aged 9 to 15. They’re initially split into two sets of 10, before the Top 10 takes on a week of even more devilish challenges.
“A world far from the increasingly competitive adult series, children’s series Pastry it’s more smiles than tears, with pastries you’ll want to eat, and extra laughs from Harry Hill ”, wrote Olivia Potts of The Guardian.
LOKI (DISNEY +)
Marvel’s “God of Mischief” gets its own six-part series that follows the events of Avengers: Endgame, when Loki stole the Tesseract again. Having turned away from the “sacred timeline”, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) must now respond to the Time Variance Authority, including Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson).
With a Ned Flanders-esque mustache and relaxed delivery and character, Wilson (Wedding crashers, Wonder) is the perfect counterpoint to Loki’s more flamboyant tendencies, with the opening episode establishing a difficult relationship that should make for a terrific “buddy comedy” to lighten up the potentially heavy talk about multiverses and time crimes.
Boasting an aesthetic and tone supposedly inspired by all of Thesilenceofthelambs, Spirit hunter, 48 hours, Mad Men and (apparently) the Teletubbies, an inspired use of super slow motion and time reversals and new clues that Loki is responsible for some of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries, Wednesday night’s viewing this winter has just been settled.
MOTHER EARTH (NEON)
A witty, cynical and at times wild take on the trials and traumas of modern middle-class motherhood, the third season of this British sitcom offers more hilarious ideas, memorable moments, and knowing laughs.
For those unfamiliar with the BBC’s scathing response to Australia Housewives, it focuses on an eclectic group of parents who joke, clash, and bond during the daily school run. There’s troubled PR director Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), chaotic and straightforward Liz (Diane Morgan), disastrous stay-at-home dad Kevin (Paul Ready), “Alpha Mum” Amanda (Lucy Punch) and the high- the flying socialite Meg (Tanya Moodie).
Thanks to Sharon Horgan’s brilliant writing quartet (Disaster), Graham Linehan (Father Ted), Helen Serafinowicz and Holly Walsh, each perfectly calibrated episode is filled with hilarious hijinks, identifiable moments and terrific jokes (“you know you had a good night’s sleep when you find chips in your panties.”).
IT’S POP (NETFLIX)
Shania Twain, Boyz II Men, Benny Andersson of ABBA, T-Pain, Brandi Carlile and Chuck D of Public Enemy are among the artists featured in this eight-part documentary series, which focuses on different aspects of the beloved musical genre. .
Topics include the crossover with country music, the rise of auto-tune, why Stockholm has produced so many great artists and producers, and a history of Britpop.
Production of an entertaining, informative and captivating documentary.
TIME (SKY GO)
This scorching British prison drama assails you from the opening scene and doesn’t stop until the credits roll. Thank goodness this is only a three part game, as the assault on the senses might not be lasting.
But we’re not talking about simple shock value here, it’s a brilliantly executed look at two men on either side of the prison system cell door. Whoever welcomes a beloved screenwriter again – Cracker, Go forward, Hillsborough‘s Jimmy McGovern – prime time and showcases the talents of two of Britain’s most underrated actors, Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.