Our top picks for TV, film, on-demand and podcasts in August and September
The Last Letter from Your Lover
Adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), this romantic drama follows a modern-day journalist who discovers the fascinating love letters of a couple from the 1960s. Starring Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn, Felicity Jones, Callum Turner and Nabhaan Rizwan.
Now getting its release after several COVID delays, Ryan Reynolds leads an ensemble cast including Jodie Comer and Taika Waititi. In this mind-bending sci-fi comedy, an everyday bank teller discovers his whole world is actually a video game.
From director Nia DaCosta, this terrifying reboot of this classic American horror character returns to the silver screen. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris lead the tale of a Chicago neighbourhood terrorised by a supernatural killer known as the “Candyman”.
Following a triumphant debut at Cannes, French director Leo Carax’s English-language debut features Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and Simon Helberg. Cotillard and Driver play an entertainment power couple whose life is turned upside when their daughter Annette is born with a particular gift. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten
The 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe arrives this September, where Shang-Chi – a martial arts expert who was trained as an assassin as a child – is forced to confront his past as he enters the Ten Rings Organization. Simu Liu leads a cast including Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Ronny Chieng and Benedict Wong reprising his role of Wong.
Hand-selected by Aretha Franklin herself, Jennifer Hudson makes a dazzling return to the big screen in this Franklin biopic. Detailing the life of the Queen of Soul, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Titus Burgess and Mary J Blige also star as a host of famous faces in the music business.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The sequel to the standalone film Venom, Tom Hardy returns once again as the eponymous sentient alien who continues to wreak havoc around the city – and help a new villain escape from prison when it switches bodies. Directed by Andy Serkis, Michelle Williams reprises her role as ex-fiancée Anne, with Naomie Harris and Woody Harrelson also joining the superhero flick.
No Time To Die
With fingers desperately crossed, the next instalment in the James Bond franchise will – hopefully – debut in the UK at the end of September. Daniel Craig will take his final turn as 007 against Rami Malek’s Safin – the hyper-intelligent supervillain who truly gets under Bond’s skin. Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes will all reprise their roles from Spectre, with Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Billy Magnussen joining the cast.
Created, written, directed and starring actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mr Corman follows the life of a public-school teacher in California’s San Fernando Valley and the highs and lows that come with this life. Jamie Chung, Logic, Debra Winger and Juno Temple will also feature in the cast.
The latest instalment in Marvel’s Disney+ offerings is the animated What If…? that imagines some of the MCU’s most iconic moments – had they gone differently. Multiple actors will return to play their iconic parts, including Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Michael B Jordan as Killmonger, among many others.
Nine Perfect Strangers
Adapted from the novel by Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies), nine complete strangers arrive at a wellness retreat and find something far more sinister lies beneath its calm exterior. Nicole Kidman stars as guru Masha, alongside Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, Manny Jacinto and Regina Hall.
The Great British Bake Off
Back to the famous white tent we go as GBBO gears up for another series. Though no official date has been given for the show’s release, the show generally premieres at the end of August on Channel 4. Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas return to welcome a batch of twelve new bakers into the tent to take on baking challenges from judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
Kevin Can F**k Himself
The acclaimed series making serious waves in Canada and the USA, this drama turns the traditional sitcom on its head by exploring the silent woman in the world of comedy – the sitcom wife. Starring Emmy-award winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), the show was previously on AMC in North America but will debut on Amazon this August for eager viewers in the UK.
Sex Education, Season 3
This critical Netflix darling returns for its third season in September, bringing more tales of awkward teenagers, sex and relationships to our screens. All of the main cast is expected to return for a third series, with new additions to the ensemble including Dua Saleh and Jemima Kirke.
The Morning Show, Season 2
Following THAT cliff-hanger at the end of series one, The Morning Show’s eagerly anticipated second series will drop in September for fans. Julianna Margulies, Holland Taylor, Hasan Minhaj and Valeria Golino will join the cast led by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Following last year’s rather muted affair, Strictly is turning the glitterball to full wattage with its next series. No official air date has been given, but the programme always counts September as its premiere month, so it’s unlikely to change. The show has also had quite a shake-up – professional Anton du Beke takes to the judging panel and four new professional dancers are welcomed onto the floor with thirteen new celebrities.
Drag queen Courtney Act and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes lead this podcast about the perfect queertopia, asking their guests what they would include to create such a unique world. Guests already featured in the podcast include comedian Suzi Ruffell, rower Kyra Edwards and broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf.
Pieces of Britney
If you found yourself engrossed in the #FreeBritney movement and her continuing battle against her conservatorship, this eight-part true-life series from BBC Radio Four will give you a deep dive into the popstar’s public life. Hosted by author and journalist Pandora Sykes, Spear’s career is tracked from its early beginnings to the media machine that plagued Britney in her later years and explores how the once Queen of Pop might soon be free.
Comfort Eating with Grace Dent
Food writer, award-winning restaurant critic and author Grace Dent, in collaboration with the Guardian, hosts this delightfully charming podcast about the joy of comfort food and brings some of her famous friends along with her to divulge what food brings them the most comfort. Previous guests include comedians Mae Martin and Nish Kumar, screenwriter Russell T Davies and actor Siobhan McSweeney.