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21 May

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The Me You Can't See

Apple TV+ | S1, E1-5 | TV-MA

This greaty anticipated multi-part documentary series from co-creators and executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex arrives on during Mental Health Awareness Month, and features illuminating stories that help lift the veil on the current state of mental health and emotional well-being. Choca-block with guest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being and featuring the likes of  Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, Phoenix Suns' Langston Galloway (formerly of the Detroit Pistons), mental health advocate and speaker Zak Williams, Olympic boxer Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs, celebrity chef Rashad Armstead and more, this is both a timely and important watch.

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

Apple TV+ | S1, E1-8 | TV-MA

This immersive, new docuseries explores the musicians and soundtracks that shaped the culture and politics of 1971. Executive produced by Academy, BAFTA and Grammy Award winners Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) and James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), the eight part series includes a wealth of archival footage and interviews. to show how the musical icons of the time were influenced by the changing tides of history; and, in turn, how they used their music to inspire hope, change and the culture around them. The docuseries examines the most iconic artists and songs that we still listen to 50 years later, including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed and more.


Apple TV+ | S2, E1-2 | TV-14

The story of Trying is heartfelt. A London couple growing up, settling down and looking at parenthood through the journey of adoption. Written and created by Andy Wolton (‘The Coopers vs. The Rest’, ‘Lookalikes’) the British comedy returns to Apple TV+ screens for another season of eight episodes. The on-screen chemistry between Nikki and Jason (Esther Smith and Rafe Spall) remains as does the charm of the carefully crafted cast of supporting characters.

Mythic Quest

Apple TV+ | S2, E4 | 24 min | TV-MA

Whilst last week's episode focused on David, this week 'Breaking Brad' see's the tables turned when Brad's younger brother Zack (Parvesh Cheena) comes to visit the studio. Is he really as nice as he first appears to be? Also guest starring hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg.

The Mosquito Coast

Apple TV+ | S1, E5 | 49 min | TV-MA

Beyond the half-way series of it's debut season, the latest episode of The Mosquito Coast titled 'Elvis, Jesus, Coca Cola' finds the Fox parents arriving in Mexico City whilst attempting to connect with Alie's mysterious contact as the kids get into trouble.

Apple Arcade Updates:

This week's Apple Arcade title updates include a new mystery and updated gallery in Jenny LeClue, new blocks added to Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker, a new FPS last man standing mode in Don't Bug Me!, 'Challenge Events' in Crossy Road Castle, new world 'Sweetonia' and level re-balancing for Spire Blast, and finally Survival-Z introduces an endless survival mode called 'Vial Run'. This week also sees minor updates and fixes for classics Don't Starve: Pocket Edition+ and Songpop-Party, new rosters and ratings updates in NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition, a new daily grind in Grindstone and a new screen shake option for The Pinball Wizard.

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Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.

Hulu | E1-10| TV-MA

Sigmund - "This absurdist comedy had more than two-dozen, big-headed, hand-painted, 3-D-printed costumed M.O.D.O.K.s to use on miniature sound stages during production. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios were tapped to animate the series, the crew behind the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. The studio’s unique take on stop-motion lends itself to the verité-style storytelling for a floating head with world-wide ambitions voiced by none other than Patton Oswalt."


HBO Max | Thursdays | TV-MA

Jonathan - "Jean Smart has been going through a career high the last few years, with big roles in Fargo, Legion, Watchmen and Mare of Easttown. She finally gets centre stage playing a legendary comedian whose career appearing in Vegas and shooting shopping channel shows is on the wane. Her agent (co-creator Paul W. Downs) sets her up working with a young writer (Hannah Einbinder), recently ‘cancelled’ for a tweet she wrote and desperate for work. Written by some of the team behind Broad City, it’s smart, very funny and has some interesting characters throughout the cast. Plus, Jean Smart!"


Apple Arcade | Adventure | 4+

Devon - "It's a flight simulator featuring a paper airplane, and you fly through these various levels that signify different stages of life. I play this anytime I'm feeling anxious or stressed and just need to calm down for a minute. When I start flying around it just instantly calms me down."

For All Mankind

Apple TV+ | 2 Seasons| TV-MA

James - "I’m ashamed to admit that I am very late to the ‘For All Mankind’ party, but have devoured both seasons over the last couple of weeks. It’s been a long time since a show has made me care so deeply for every single character and sent me on an emotional rollercoaster quite like this has. My wife and I have been walking around the house saying ‘Hi Bob!’ to each other for days now! Tremendous performances, brilliant visual effects and some of the best storytelling on television make this a show that everyone should go out of their way to see."

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