Welcome to a brand new shiny monthly feature that is debuting today on The Only Way Is Ellie.
On the first and second of each month I’ll be letting you know what I’ll be watching on both the big screen, and the small screen. There’s a huge huge huge amount of good television coming out this year & here you’ll be reminded at the start of each month what to look out for. It’ll work the same on the WIW cinema edition posts too.
I hope you like this new feature as much as I’ve enjoyed writing (and living it)
Riveria comes to Sky Atlantic on June 15th. Oscar winning writer and director Neil Jordan brings us a ten part mini-series with a cast as shiny as the Côte d’Azur itself. Julia Stiles takes lead role as her billionaire husband (Iwan Rheon) is murdered on their trip to the Côte d’Azur. The show is driven by strong female leads as Stiles stars alongside Lena Olin starring as the husbands first wife. The show is set to be dark, but equally as glamorous as the billionaires life is explored.
The Handmaids Tale is brand new to channel 4 after a successful first season stint on Hulu. Directed by Reed Morano, we are taken into a dystopian future in which fertility rates have took a pretty big plunge. Elizabeth Moss stars as our main character and one of the few women still able to carry a baby. These select few are known as handmaids and are bound to serve their ‘commanders’ aka a rich and powerful couple who are unable to conceive. The TV series is based on the popular novel by Margaret Atwood. Atwood did also serve on the TV show as a consulting producer in order to help modernise the tale but in an original way. The show is dark, quiet and mysterious. It offers humour in the form of Moss’s overrunning narrative, yet there is nothing funny about the story. The show has received huge amounts of praise from press globally. I’ve recommended this to several people who have all come back with ‘but I don’t like Elizabeth Moss.’ Well you need to get over it because this is Moss as you’ve never seen her before and the character she plays is extremely likeable. The plot is terrifying as you find similarities between this day and age and that one.
Orange Is The New Black returns to screens on June 9th for its fifth season on Netflix. The last season ended with an enormous cliff hanger amidst a riot in the prison. After an underwhelming third season, the fourth definitely picked up and one can only hope that this coming season carries on with the same stamina. Will Daya shoot? Will Bayley return to work? Will we find out what the fuck Piscatella is all about? Well have no fear, as you’ll be able to binge watch it and have it all done in just under 13 hours
Yes, Love came out last month but no this feature wasn’t around then and yes I feel that it’s imperative to plug this fantastic show. A Netflix original produced by Judd Apatow and starring two very under the radar actors Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. If you’re the kinda person who thinks they’d enjoy sitting in with your friends and some beer and writing title tracks for movies that don’t have a title track then this is the show for you. Equally, if you’re the kinda person that has used drugs drink and anything you can get your hands on to help you not to feel the feels you get from every man or woman you’ve ever loved then this also is the show for you. Don’t be deceived by the shows name, it’s not what you think. It’s living in this century and it’s all the woes that comes with it. It’s also made extra especially special by having such a god damn cool cast.
Similarly to Love, Master Of None also was released last month and similarly to Love, I also need you all to watch it immediately. I have talked A LOT about Master Of None on my blog so I needn’t really say anymore other than the second season is OUT NOW and you must go and watch it.
Glow or (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) arrives on Netflix on the 23rd June. What’s tipped as being the breakout show of the summer, Alison Brie stars as Ruth Wilder a struggling actress who auditions for a part in a women wrestling television promotion. Set in the 80’s expect to see hair high and leg seams even higher. The show is delivered to us by Orange Is The New Blacks creator Jenji Kohan and is expected to be a BIG big deal.
Gypsy premieres on Netflix on the 30th June. Starring Naomi Watts who plays a therapist who begins to play out relationships with her patients friends and families. Things become ‘dark and dangerous’ as the patients lives are explored. I’ll be glad to see a quality psychological thriller so let’s hope that Lisa Rubin has pulled out all the stops for her Netflix debut. Sam Taylor-Johnson also guest directs two of the ten part episodes.