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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 30 July 2021
It's a quiet week for new and returning TV. But you do have options. Here's your guide on what to choose from.
It's another week of Olympics, which means there isn't a whole lot of premium new streaming content available this week. You might be tempted by The Rock in his latest Disney film Jungle Cruise. It is being released to cinemas and Disney+ on the same day. The Disney+ stream will cost you extra though.
My suggestion for the week is The Pursuit of Love. A costume drama set in England just prior to the second world war, it has Lily James and Emily Beecham as cousins on the cusp of adulthood as they seek an exit from their ridiculous wealthy family and try to find a husband/lover. The series is funny and a bit sexy. With anachronistic music choices and some fairly liberal modern conversations at time, the show is a step above a lot of costumed period shows, but that's still not enough to get viewers not into that kind of thing over the line.
It's from actor Emily Mortimer who is in a supporting role here, but also directed and wrote the 3-part series. It's based on a trilogy of books by Nancy Mitford.
In a quiet week, you could do worse. The show was a co-production between the BBC and Amazon Prime Video. It already aired in the UK a few months ago, but the rest of the world get it this weekend.
Outer Banks (s02), Burden of Truth (s04), How To Sell Drugs Online Fast (s03), The Wine Show (s03), Roswell, New Mexico (s03)
Stars: Lily James, Dominic West, Emily Beecham, Andrew Scott Set in Europe before World War II, the story follows the adventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett, and her best friend/cousin Fanny Logan. Consumed by a desire for love and marriage, they both seek out the ideal husband.
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.
Stars: Christina Milian, Tymberlee Hill Erica, who ends up as the entertainment at her ex-fiancé's wedding after reluctantly taking a gig at a luxurious island resort while in the wake of a music career meltdown.
Mark Ronson uncovers the stories behind music creation and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound; he explores music's intersection with artistry and technology in candid conversations with music artists.
That's it for another week. Be safe. Let's be careful out there.
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