In May 2020, Netflix are bringing back the big guns with a new interactive special of hit series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (May 12). Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe appears in the final outing of the series, wherein viewers can choose what happens next.
Also this month, Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are back with a new series focused on the lives of some very different performers. Hollywood (May 1) tells the story of would-be actors and filmmakers in the 1940s, dubbed the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Elsewhere, there are some big returns, including Medici for a third and final series on May 1, and Workin’ Moms for a fourth series on May 8. Jerry Seinfeld is also in the mix for May with an exclusive comedy special on May 5.
REVIEW: Emergence on FOX is an intriguing new mystery that leaves us wanting more
FOX’s suspenseful new mystery Emergence is the latest import from across the pond, and it’s a doozy.
Starring Fargo‘s Allison Tolman in the lead role of police chief Jo Evans, Emergence starts with a plane crash and the discovery of a mysterious young girl (Alexa Swinton) at the scene. As Jo races to put together the pieces and uncover the real identity of ‘Piper’, she realises she may have stumbled across a dangerous conspiracy.
Emergence has the mystery format perfectly right. After finishing the first episode, I have so many questions that have me itching for the next part, and probably the one after that. The first episode is fast-paced, revealing just enough information to pique one’s curiosity and leave one wanting more. It starts with an incident that sounds simple enough, and a little girl who seems perfectly healthy, but by the end of the pilot has spiralled into something much more.
Part of what’s so good about the series is its focal character, police chief Jo Evans. In just one episode, Allison Tolman delivers multiple facets of Jo Evans. At work, she’s a fierce and respected police chief. At home, she’s a maternal, caring parent, still reeling from a break up with ex husband Alex (Donald Faison). She’s a shrewd investigator with what seems to be a decent judge of character. This handling of a character’s personal and professional balance draws one in to the story, and makes her curiosity and anxiety our own.
The handling of the science fiction elements of the show is also well done. It fits slickly into the modern setting of Long Island’s Peconic Bay. Whatever Piper’s secret is, we’re not discovering it in a hurry. There’s lots to talk about from a short 43 minute episode. What is the truth behind that plane crash? Who is Piper? Why is she wanted, and who by? Who is the investigative journalist Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman)? How much of all this is Piper aware of, but not telling?
It’s a promising first episode, filled with intriguing questions and a fascinating lead character, with a hook that will leave one wanting more.
Emergence starts today (Monday, April 20) on FOX at 9pm.
Introducing The Big Poll, a new Amazon Alexa Skill
We are pleased to announce The Big Poll, a new Amazon Alexa skill developed by the TVGuide.co.uk team.
The Big Poll is a simple ‘this or that’ style game. We present a regularly updated series of polls, and all you have to do is vote on your favourite of the options. After that, you’ll be able to see how your vote compares to the rest of the nation.
We love thinking up polls on all subjects, and our existing polls cover themes including food, television, sports and business. New polls are added all the time, so be sure to check back regularly!
The Big Poll is available on all Amazon Alexa-compatible devices, but looks best on screen-enabled devices.
The ultimate quiz: New TV trivia packs released for Poptime
Twenty new trivia packs are now available on TVGuide.co.uk’s Poptime skill for Amazon Alexa.
Poptime is a new skill that tests fans on their television trivia knowledge. Every month, we release a new pack of questions themed around film and television. Fans who answer the most questions correctly will achieve the highest score and top the monthly leaderboard, after which they will be crowned the TV Quiz Master. It’s as simple as that!
In April 2020, Poptime users will be able to test their knowledge on the following subjects:
4. Answer the six questions. The first will be a true/false question, the second multiple choice, the third ‘Guess the theme tune’, the fourth ‘Guess the character’, the fifth ‘Complete the phrase’ and the final extra hard question will be open answer.
5. Answer correctly to accumulate points and rise to the top of the Poptime leaderboard.
Where can I play Poptime?
Poptime is available on all Amazon Alexa-compatible devices, but looks best on screen-enabled devices.
Disney+ arrives this week and it couldn’t come at a better time. We all need a bit of escapism right now, and this choice keeps the whole family safe and entertained at home. Perfect!
The first thing that has to be said about Disney+’s new content list is that it is extensive. There’s no question of value for money here, especially if you were planning on streaming some of these films in your newfound downtime anyway. There are hundreds of films from Disney’s catalogue, including all your nostalgic favourites. There’s also Marvel and Pixar hit films, plus content from documentary experts National Geographic. That’s all without even discussing the brand new and exclusive content to the platform.
We’ve been hearing a lot about The Mandalorian since Disney+ premiered in the US and Canada last November. The good news is the new Star Wars series is worth the hype, and some might argue worth the entire subscription fee.
Disney+’s other originals haven’t caused quite so much excitement, but there’s plenty of interesting things there. For High School Musical fans, there’s a new comedy series about a group of students who want to put on their own production of a show. New docuseries The World According to Jeff Goldblum is also worth a watch, featuring the film star on the road as he explores all manner of different things.
Here’s the full list of exclusive new offerings:
Lady and the Tramp
Diary of the Future President
Disney Fairytale Weddings
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special
Marvel Hero Project
Pick of the Litter
The Imagineering Story
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
The full Pixar catalogue is available, including Brave, Coco, Finding Nemo (and sequel), The Incredibles (and sequel), Monsters Inc (and sequel), Ratatouille and, of course, the Toy Story collection.
A lot of the big films are here. The Avengers series is all here, as is The X-Men. More recent hits such as Tom Holland’s two films as Spiderman seem to be missing though.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter are the big Marvel television series available, although there’s a huge selection including shorts.
Plenty to sink your teeth in here, including Before The Flood, Into the Grand Canyon and Miracle Landing on the Hudson. There’s also big name series such as Brain Games, Cosmos, Drain the Ocean and One Strange Rock.
Enjoy every single numbered Star Wars film, plus Rogue One and Solo. There’s also Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The New Yoda Chronicles and – of course – flagship Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
More than 500 films from Disney’s catalogue are available on Disney+, including all of your favourites, your mum’s favourites, and your kids’ favourites.
These include 101 Dalmatians (plus the sequel, the live action film and 102 Dalmatians), Aladdin (1992 and 2019 versions and King of Thieves), Alice in Wonderland (1951, 2000 and Through The Looking Glass), The Aristocats, Bambi (and the sequel), Beauty and the Beast (1991, 2017 and The Enchanted Christmas), Cinderella (1950, 2015, plus the two sequels), Dumbo (1941 and 2019), Fantasia (1940 and 2000), Frozen, The Jungle Book (1967 and 2016 and sequel and Mowgli’s Story), The Lion King (1994, 2019, Simba’s Pride and the midquel), The Little Mermaid (and the sequel and spin off), Mary Poppins (1964 and Returns), The Muppets (all movies including Christmas Carol, Treasure Island and Most Wanted), Sleeping Beauty, Tarzan (one and two), Winnie the Pooh (plus A Very Merry Pooh Year and Springtime with Roo), plus so much more.
Some big ones such as Miley Cyrus’s hit Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, That’s So Raven, Liv and Maddie and Phineas and Herb.
Not expecting this one? Thirty series of The Simpsons will be available to stream on Disney+.
The 10 top rated 2019-2020 box sets you can watch right now
It’s not the 2020 we thought it would be. Social distancing might not be fun, but it’s for the greater good right now. It’s also not all bad – we finally have time to catch up on all those shows that we missed over the last year. And there aren’t any noisy co-workers around to give spoilers, either.
We’ve compiled a list of the top ten box sets of the last year to catch up on while you’re at home. We’re also letting you know where to watch them, all from the safety of your home.
The age of video streaming is well and truly here, with big names Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV dominating the market.
Disney+ offers acclaimed original new series, nostalgic classics plus content from partners including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Fox and National Geographic.
What is Disney+?
First premiering in the US in November 2019, Disney+ is a new video on demand platform owned by Disney. Disney+ features both original new content exclusive to the platform, as well as some of Disney’s classic back catalogue.
When will Disney+ launch in the UK?
Disney+ will launch in the UK on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. It will also launch in Germany, France, Italy and Spain on the same date.
This follows launches in America, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.
How much does it cost?
Disney+ will cost either £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year, following a seven day free trial.
However, until Monday, March 23, Disney is offering £10 off its annual price, making the total for the first year only £49.99. This brings the total per month down by almost a third, to £4.17 per month.
Disney+ will be available on iOS, Android, Google Chromecast, Roku, Playstation, Xbox One and Smart TVs.
Subscribers will be able to watch Disney+ on four screens simultaneously.
What original shows are available on Disney+?
This is the fun part. The acclaimed new Star Wars live action series The Mandalorian will launch exclusively on Disney+ in the UK. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens, The Mandalorian follows the adventures of Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), a Mandalorian bounty hunter.
Other new content includes a Lady and the Tramp live action remake, new Toy Story and High School Musical spin-offs and a new National Geographic series led by Jeff Goldblum, titled The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
There’s also heaps more to come, including Disney’s new collaborations with Marvel and three new Star Wars series. These include a new series all about Tom Hiddleston’s troublesome Loki, the return of Anthony Mackie as Falcon in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor.
What classic films are available on Disney+?
The Walt Disney Signature Collection will be available day of launch, which includes plenty of big names such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. More beloved animated films and series will roll out in the new year, which leaves lots to look forward to.
Better Call Saul is back again this February, as well as a whole host of big name releases.
We start the month with the arrival of seven Studio Ghibli classics on the streaming platform, including Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
Later in February, we catch up with some Netflix classics, including a new series of Narcos: Mexico on February 13 and season twelve of RuPaul’s Drag Race on February 29.
The hit Netflix high school drama is back this week for another series of awkward teenage moments, friendships and sexual misadventures.
We’ve compiled everything you need to know about Sex Education‘s upcoming second series.
What happened in series one?
Series one of Sex Education introduced us to socially awkward sixthformer Otis (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother Dr Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson). After Otis accidentally counsels a school bully with performance anxiety, his entrepreneurial classmate Maeve (Emma Mackey) hatches a business plan: a school sexual health clinic.
When will series 2 be released on Netflix?
The second series of Sex Education hits Netflix this Friday, January 17.
Who is in the cast?
All the series mains will return, alongside three new guest stars.
Newcomers Sami Outalbali, George Robinson and Chinenye Ezeudu will join Sex Education for series two.
Outalbali plays a new French student at Moordale Secondary, while Robinson will become Maeve’s new neighbour at the caravan park, Isaac. Ezeudu plays Viv, an academically brilliant student who struggles in the love department.
What happens in Sex Education series 2?
Here’s what we know so far:
After Otis and Ola got together at the end of series one, Otis’s relationship with business partner Maeve is strained. There’s no shortage of work to do, however, as the school is in the midst of a mass chlamydia outbreak.
School bully Adam is now at military school, but remains conflicted over his hook up with Eric last season. Eric, however, has a new sense of self-confidence.
How can I watch series 2 of Sex Education?
You’ll need a Netflix subscription to watch the new series of Sex Education, which offers options to watch the show on mobile, tablet, laptop and Smart TV. Subscriptions start at £5.99, with one month trials for new customers.
NOW TV subscribers will be thrilled to learn that Netflix is now available via their NOW TV Smart Stick, NOW TV Smart Box and NOW TV Box (black). Just sign into the app on a NOW TV device to watch Sex Education on the big screen.
The time of year where we watch endless television repeats while balancing mince pies off a growing tummy is here. Fortunately, spicing up Christmas couldn’t be easier, with BLAZE’s unique and addictive catalogue now streaming via app. Courtesy of the new BLAZE app for iOS , Google Play and Amazon, Christmas just set alight.
Highlights from BLAZE:
1. Curse of Oak Island
We kick things off with new episodes of the series about Rick and Marty Lagina, two treasure hunters looking for untold treasures beneath Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Supposedly protected by a centuries’ old curse, six treasure hunters have died in the ‘Money Pit’. Putting everything on the line to excavate the island, Rick and Marty delve deeper into Oak Island’s secrets.
The fascinating fishing competition is back! Wicked Tuna is a reality series following fishermen in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a hot spot for lucrative giant bluefin tuna. Fishermen must catch as much tuna as possible before the fishing season ends, without falling foul of size limits and quotas for the season.
Ufologist and Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos aims to prove extraterrestrial existence in this new international adventure. Join Giorgio as he investigates some of the world’s biggest mysteries, wondering whether the truth could be otherworldly.
Three generations of the Harrison family run the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour pawnbrokers in the heart of Las Vegas. Pawn Stars depicts life behind the scenes at the business, showing staff’s interactions with stunning historical artefacts, as well as the conflict and camaraderie that comes from working with family.
Will Trickett and Gus Gregory are back for a second series of transforming neglected old bangers into the envy of any petrol-head’s eye. Putting their own money (and careers) on the line, the two pals need to make a profit fast.
See the humble origins of the world famous superheroes in new two-part documentary Superheroes Decoded. Airing Boxing Day and December 27, the series chronicles the early lives of Marvel and DC Comics, offering a fresh look at how an under-appreciated art form became the tour de force capable of headlining today’s biggest Hollywood blockbuster. Packed with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with those intimately familiar with comic history, Superheroes Decoded is not to be missed.