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10 of the best new shows to watch in August – The Irish Times

10 of the best new shows to watch in August – The Irish Times

All or nothing: Arsenal

Prime Video, from August 4

Premier League action is guaranteed in this eight-part documentary series which focuses the lens on the Emirates Stadium during a crucial season for the Gunners as they hope to return to Europe’s elite competition and achieve elusive success on home soil. The series follows the blockbuster success of All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur and All or Nothing: Manchester City, so get ready for thrills, spills and ringing coffers as the Arsenal squad embark on the 2021-22 season and face the immense pressure and challenges of competing at highest level and deliver football excitement for their fans. One of Arsenal’s biggest fans, Oscar- and Bafta-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya, will narrate the series, the first three episodes of which will stream from 4 August. Episodes four to six will arrive on August 11, and the final two episodes will be streamed from August 18. Can’t wait for future series All or Nothing: Accrington Stanley and All or Nothing: Tranmere Rovers.

The Sandman

Netflix, from August 5

Fans of Neil Gaiman’s classic cartoon series won’t be able to sleep, such is the anticipation for this Netflix adaptation. Tom Sturridge stars as Dream in this live-action film, which also stars Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, David Fulus, David Thewlis and Jenna Coleman. Dream, also known as the Sandman, is a cosmic entity in charge of everyone’s dreams, but he has been held captive by occult forces for the past 105 years. When he is finally freed, he sets out to restore his dream kingdom. There have been a couple of failed attempts to make The Sandman into a movie, but gaming has been cold-developing this live-action franchise with the help of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros TV.

I’m Groot

Disney+, from August 10

Who is Groot? He is, of course, the sentient tree-like creature from the Guardians of the Galaxy film series, who seems to have only three words – I am Groot – in his vocabulary. But to anyone who understands Groot’s language, those three words speak volumes. Groot has gone through several stages in his film career, from mowing to sapling to tree nagger, and here he is as Baby Groot, getting into all sorts of twists and turns, in a series of five shorts, voiced by Vin Diesel accolades, and lots of new and weird characters to join the animated fun.

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A class of its own

Prime Video, from August 12

Remember the 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell as the stars of the All-American Girls’ Baseball League during World War II? Thirty years later, we finally have the TV series, which tells the story of the sassy ladies who went to bat for women in sports in a time when baseball was a manly sport played by manly men in a manly way. This series features all-new characters and storylines, but the basic premise is still there: can a women’s professional baseball team win games—and respect—in a changing American landscape? This will be a reminder of how far women have come in the US since World War II, and how some bad players are now trying to push women back to the Dark Ages. It’s a nod to the original film with a guest appearance by Rosie O’Donnell, this time as a bartender.

Five days at Memorial

Apple TV+, from 12 August

It’s August 2005, and Louisiana has just been hit by one of the largest and most destructive hurricanes in US history, leaving more than 1,800 people dead and causing $125 billion in damage. For staff and patients at a New Orleans hospital, however, the nightmare is only just beginning in this hard-hitting, special-effects-heavy drama based on true events, adapted from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink. Vera Farmiga stars as a beleaguered healthcare worker who, along with her colleagues, frantically tries to keep her patients alive in hellish conditions, with rising floodwaters, heat reaching unbearable levels and power outages. Over the next few days, the staff is forced to make agonizing decisions that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

She-Hulk: Lawyer

Disney+, from 17 August

Here is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story of a young lawyer who tries to make her mark in the competitive field of law, but always ends up making a dent in everything that comes her way. You could say that Jennifer Walters is pretty green – that’s because she’s prone to suddenly transform into a 6ft 7in green hulk who can not only throw the book at criminals, but the entire library building as well. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk (He-Hulk?), takes her under his wing to show her how to harness her amazing powers (and keep them under control), but she’s determined to do it as a lawyer, so she dons the suit and begins working as a lawyer for the superhumans, who are on the rise, and increasingly in need of legal representation. Tatiana Maslany is Jennifer/She-Hulk, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as the Hulk, and Tim Roth returning as Jennifer’s nemesis Emil Blonsky, aka The Abomination.

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Bad sisters

Apple TV+, from 19 August

Sharon Horgan’s latest TV series brings together a handful of fine young Irish female actors in a darkly delicious comedy about murder, power and family secrets. Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Green and Eve Hewson star as the Garvey sisters, who are thick as thieves and always have each other’s backs. One of the sisters is married to a violent, controlling monster (played with consummate menace by Claes Bang), and when he ends up dead, all five sisters become suspects in the murder. The fact that they’ve already tried to kill their cruel brother-in-law doesn’t help their case. Brian Gleeson and Daryl McCormack play the life insurance men who come knocking and asking hard questions (and sniffing the sandwiches), but while each sister clearly has a motive for knocking the man off, did they really? The 10-part series is co-written by Horgan and adapted from a Belgian TV series, Clan, but you can bet that the Irish dark humor and eye for the absurd will be present and correct. Two episodes will stream from August 19, with one episode added each week until October 14.

Welcome to Wrexham

Disney+, from 25 August

Help! We bought a football team. Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds can currently be seen in the time-traveling sci-fi film The Adam Project, but here’s another project occupying his time: owning and managing a fifth-tier English football team and trying to turn it around the underdog club to serious league contenders. Jeez, it’s like the plot of a Hollywood movie. Reynolds co-owns Wrexham with mate Rob McIlhenny, the star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the pair have a big challenge to prove they are the right people to steer the club into the winning zone. Neither of them has a clue about football or how to run a club, so they must learn some very special skills as owners of one of the world’s oldest teams, earning the respect of the fans and the townspeople of Wrexham, whose fate is closely tied to the club’s fortunes. Can two Hollywood players revive the Red Dragons and turn them into box office gold?

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See: The Last Chapter

Apple TV+, from 26 August

Jason Momoa returns for another post-apocalyptic adventure in the third and final season of the dystopian sci-fi series, set in a future where everyone is blind and those who can see must be hunted down as witches and destroyed. Somewhere in the distant past (around the 21st century), most of humanity was wiped out by a virus, and the descendants of the survivors soon lost the ability to see. The very idea of ​​seeing has now become a myth, and mention of this fifth sense is considered heresy. Momoa plays fearless tribal leader Baba Voss, who vows to protect his adopted children – who are “seeing” – from Queen Sibeth’s witch hunters. In season three, Baba Voss lives remotely in the forest after defeating his brother Edo, but when a new type of weapon appears to threaten humanity, Baba must return to his old job of protecting his tribe from all invaders. Since many of the cast and crew have some form of visual impairment, this series never loses sight of inclusivity.

Star Wars: Andor

Disney+, from 31 August

You wait years for one Star Wars spin-off series to land, and suddenly a whole fleet of them arrives at once. After the success of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm clearly asked itself: Why didn’t we do this years ago? Now it’s making up for lost time (and money) again by churning out the spin-off series faster than Han Solo can spin out a clever one-liner. With season one of Obi-Wan Kenobi done and dusted, it’s now time to tell the story of Andor – sorry, who? Eh, just a minute while I check Wookieepedia. Ah, here it is. Cassian Andor is, of course, the villain out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and this series takes place before the events of that film, and sees our Rebel hero on a quest to find out how he can make a difference in the Rebel Alliance’s guerrilla war with the Empire. Diego Luna reprises his role as Andor, starring Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller.

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