10 of the best new shows to watch in August – The Irish Times

All or nothing: Arsenal

Prime Video, from August 4th

A Premier League championship is assured in this eight-part documentary series that focuses the lens on the Emirates Stadium during a crucial season for Arsenal, as they hope to return to European elite competition and achieve elusive success at home. The series follows the phenomenal success of All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur and All or Nothing: Manchester City, so prepare for the excitement, spills and buzz as Arsenal kick off the 2021-22 season and face the immense pressures and challenges of competing at the highest level and delivering football excitement to their fans. One of the biggest Arsenal fans, Daniel Kaluuya, will narrate the series, whose first three episodes start from August 4. Episodes 4-6 are coming August 11th and the last two episodes will start August 18th. Can’t wait for the futuristic series All or Nothing: Accrington Stanley and All or Nothing: Tranmere Rovers.

hypnotic

Netflix, from August 5

Fans of Neil Gaiman’s classic comic book series won’t be able to sleep, and that’s the expectation of this Netflix adaptation. Tom Sturridge plays Dream in this live action, which also stars Gwendolyn Christie, Charles Dance, David Volos, David Thewlis, and Gina Colman. Dream, also known as Sandman, is a cosmic entity responsible for everyone’s dreams, but has been held captive by mysterious forces for the past 105 years. When he is finally freed, he sets out to restore the kingdom of his dreams. There have been two failed attempts to turn The Sandman into a movie, but Games developed this live-action series with the help of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.

I grew up

Disney+, from August 10

Who is Groot? It’s of course the tree-like creature from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie series, which seems to have only three words – I am Groot – in its vocabulary. But for anyone who understands Groot’s language, these three words speak volumes. Groot has gone through several stages in his film career, from mowing to seedling to tree, and here is the role of Baby Groot, going through all kinds of twists and turns, in a series of five short films, with Vin Diesel doing the voiceover with honors, and many new characters Antics join the animation fun.

their own league

Prime Video, from August 12

Remember the 1992 movie directed by Penny Marshall and starring Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell as All-American Girls League baseball stars during World War II? Thirty years later, we finally have the TV series, which tells the story of bold ladies who went bat for women in sports in an era when baseball was a manly sport played by men. The series features entirely new characters and stories, but the basic premise remains: Can a professional women’s baseball team win games – and respect – in a changing American landscape? This will be a reminder of how far women have come in the United States since World War II, and how some bad guys are now trying to get women back into the dark ages. There is a nod to the original movie with a guest appearance by Rosie O’Donnell, this time playing a bartender.

Five days into the anniversary

+ Apple TV starting August 12

It’s August 2005, and Louisiana has just been hit by one of the largest and most destructive hurricanes in US history, killing more than 1,800 people and causing $125 billion in damage. However, for the staff and patients of a New Orleans hospital, the nightmare is just beginning, in this challenging, special-effects-heavy drama based on real-life events, adapted from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sherry Fink. Vera Farmiga stars as a beleaguered health care worker who and her colleagues frantically try to keep her patients alive under dire conditions, with rising flood waters, unbearable heat, and complete blackouts. Over the next few days, employees are forced to make painful decisions that will haunt them for the rest of her life.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Disney +, from 17 August

Here’s the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the story of a young lawyer trying to make her mark in the competitive law field, but always ending up making an impact in whatever gets in her way. You could say Jennifer Walters is pretty green — that’s because she could suddenly turn into a 6-foot-7-inch green structure that could throw the book at not only criminals, but the entire library building as well. Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk (He-Hulk?), takes her under his wing to show her how to harness her enormous powers (and keep them in check), but she’s determined to make her a lawyer, so she puts on the suit and begins working as a lawyer for the superheroes, who are on the rise. , who are increasingly in need of legal representation. Tatiana Maslany is Jennifer/She-Hulk, with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as the Hulk, and Tim Roth returning as Jennifer’s nemesis Emil Blonsky, aka Abomination.

Bad Sisters

+ Apple TV starting August 19

Sharon Horgan’s latest TV series brings together a group of young Irish actresses in a mystery comedy about murder, power and family secrets. Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Berthstel, Sarah Greene, and Eve Hewson star as the Garvey sisters, who have great traits as thieves and always have each other’s backs. One of the sisters is married to an abusive and controlling monster (played by threateningly Claes Pang), and when he ends up dead, all five sisters become accused of murder. The fact that they actually tried to kill their horrible son-in-law doesn’t help their cause. Brian Gleeson and Daryl McCormack play life insurance guys who knock and ask awkward questions (and toss sandwiches), but even though each sister clearly has a motive to fire the husband, did they really do it? Horgan co-wrote the 10-part series and was adapted from the Belgian TV series, Clan, but you can bet the Irish black humor and the eye on the absurd will be present and correct. Two episodes air from August 19, with one episode added each week until October 14.

Welcome to Wrexham

Disney+, from August 25

help! We bought a soccer team. Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds can currently be seen in the time-traveling sci-fi thriller The Adam Project, but here’s another project that takes his time: owning and taking care of a fifth-tier English football team and trying to transform this underdog club. In serious competitors in the league. Jeez, it’s like the plot of a Hollywood movie. Reynolds co-owns Wrexham with fellow It’s Always Sunny star in Philadelphia with fellow Philadelphia co-owner Rob McKellenny, and the pair face a major challenge to prove they are the right people to steer the club into the winning zone. They have no idea about football or how to run a club, so they will have to learn some very special skills as owners of one of the oldest teams in the world, and gain the respect of fans and the people of Wrexham, whose fate is closely linked to the club’s fortunes. Can two Hollywood players reignite ‘Red Dragon’ and turn them into gold at the box office?

See: the last chapter

+ Apple TV starting August 26

Jason Momoa returns for another post-apocalyptic adventure in the third and final season of the dystopian sci-fi series, set in a future where everyone is blind, and where those who can see as witches must be hunted down and destroyed. Somewhere in the distant past (around the 21st century) a virus wiped out most of humanity, and the descendants of the survivors soon lost the ability to see. The idea of ​​seeing is now a myth, and the mention of this fifth meaning is considered heresy. Momoa plays brave tribal leader Papa Foss, who vows to protect his adopted children – who are “seen” – from the witch hunters of Queen Sebeth. In the third season, Papa Voss lives far away in the jungle after defeating his brother Edo, but when a new type of weapon appears to threaten humanity, Papa has to go back to his old job to protect his tribe from all attackers. Since many of the cast and crew have some form of visual impairment, this series doesn’t lose sight of its inclusivity.

Star Wars: Andor

Disney+, from August 31

You wait years for one episodic series of live Star Wars to arrive, and suddenly an entire fleet of them comes along at once. After the success of The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm clearly asked himself: Why didn’t we do this years ago? Now lost time (and dime) is compensated for by taking out the episodic chain faster than Han Solo can pull off a single clever liner. With Season 1 of Obi-Wan Kenobi over and dusty, now is the time to tell Andor’s story – sorry, who? Eh, just a minute while I check out Wookieepedia. Ah, there he is. Cassian Andor is of course the protagonist of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and this prequel series sees our rebellious hero on a mission to discover how he can make a difference in the Rebel Alliance’s guerrilla war. war with the empire. Diego Luna reprises his role as Andor, starring Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, and Kyle Soler.