July brings with it some of the biggest movie releases of the year, as well as the return of a much-beloved TV show, and the opening ceremony of the world’s biggest sporting event. Here are our picks for film, TV and podcasts
Fresh off its Academy Award win for Best International Film, Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish comedy-drama finally hits UK cinemas this July. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), the film follows a gang of friends who attempt to increase their creativity via low-level day drinking.
The most recent Avenger to get their own spin-off film, Black Widow finally flies into inemas and Disney+ this July. Scarlett Johansson returns as the superhero who has to confront some dangerous truths about her past following the events of Captain America: Civil War, and is joined by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
A direct sequel to the 1996 animated sports comedy Space Jam, basketball legend LeBron James reunites with the Looney Tunes for a virtual caper – and a basketball game or two. Don Cheadle and Zendaya also star, alongside Looney Tunes legends like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Porky Pig.
Karen Gillan, Lena Heady, Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett turn assassins in this action thriller from Israeli director Navot Papushado. It follows Sam (Gillan), a young woman turned killer for hire who has to reconnect with her estranged mother when an assassination attempt goes wrong.
The Tomorrow War
Releasing exclusively on Amazon Prime, Chris Pratt’s first non-Avengers live-action role comes in this futuristic thriller about time travellers recruiting people from the past to fight an alien war in the future. J.K Simmons, Betty Gilpin and Yvonne Strahovski also star.
Loosely inspired by the Disneyland Adventureland ride of the same name, Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Frank, a steamboat captain who agrees to take two English scientists – played by Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall – on a jungle cruise to find the Tree of Life. But it’s a race against time as a German aristocrat is also looking for the tree to further his own evil agenda. The film will be released simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney+.
The Suicide Squad
James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) helms this supervillain epic that follows a group of villains who are tasked with destroying a lab and prison from the Nazi era. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, joined by Idris Elba, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Pete Davidson and Peter Capaldi.
We The People
Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, you might find yourself tuning in to this children’s TV show purely for its star-studded guest list. Aimed at teaching young American children about the government and civics through music, the show will feature the voice talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Janelle Monae, H.E.R and more.
The White Lotus
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If you’ve just finished bingeing Mare of Easttown and wondering what to do next – introduce yourself to The White Lotus. This satirical comedy set in a tropical island resort follows the staff and visitors as they spend their week destressing from life. Filmed in Hawaii, it stars Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario and Murray Bartlett.
Musical comedy fans rejoice as this Lorne Michaels produced homage to the all American musical skips its way onto Apple TV+. Starring Cecily Strong and Keegan Michael-Key, the series follows a couple who stumble upon a town set in a 1940s musical – and they can’t leave until they find true love. Broadway legends Alan Cumming, Kristen Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Jane Krakowski and Ariana DeBose also star.
Turner and Hooch
Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) helms Disney+ television sequel to the 1989 Tom Hanks buddy comedy. Peck stars as the son of Hank’s character, who inherits an unruly dog named Hooch. Their sudden rapport allows them to form a great relationship and start solving the crime that’s haunted him for years – the unexplained death of his late father.
Ted Lasso Season 2
The highly acclaimed lockdown hit returns for its much anticipated second series following an awards season smash. Jason Sudeikis returns as the loveable American Ted Lasso, who following a rocky first season is now tasked with bringing his British football team, AFC Richmond, back into the big leagues. The full cast is expected to return for season two in all their glory, alongside Sarah Niles (I May Destroy You), who enters as a sport psychologist tasked with supporting the team as they attempt to recover from their final match in Season One.
Tokyo Olympics 2020
With all fingers crossed that the Olympic Games will go ahead in 2021, the BBC will broadcast a spectacular opening ceremony on 23 July to mark the beginning of the postponed games. Taking place in Tokyo, each country will present themselves to participate, as well as the host country bringing music, theatre and entertainment to the ceremony, likely to integrate traditional Japanese culture with its contemporary reputation for pop culture and technology.
First Night of the Proms
The BBC gets exclusive broadcast rights for the two months of live music thanks to the Proms, held exclusively at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Its opening night promises a spectacular performance of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc and Sir James MacMillan, featuring the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Strong Woman: The Podcast
British soul and jazz singer Poppy Ajudha hosts some of her closest friends and favourite people to discuss anything and everything on her brand-new podcast. Talking everything from politics and activism to performing live and living well, Ajudha’s first guest is saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia, who talks about her experience as a female solo artist, the joy of performing music and the Black Lives Matter movement and protests in the United Kingdom following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
Bees In A Pod (BBC Sounds)
Made in conjunction with the BBC Radio 2 Big Bee Challenge for school children aged six to twelve, and championed by presenter Zoe Ball, Bees In A Pod will discuss the natural importance of the bee population on the world – and what we can do to help it survive and thrive. BBC Sounds will produce the bee enthusiast podcast in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society.
Very Necessary from WaterAid
Hosted by chef and author Melissa Hemsley, this podcast explores the objects that we all find “very necessary”, chatting with some famous faces about their necessary thing. Much like Desert Island Discs, but with things instead of records. The podcast is brought to you by WaterAid, the water charity.