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Stream your way through tears with Olivia Colman, a gritty true crime drama with Daisy Edgar Jones and the latest Apple TV miniseries from the director of I May Destroy You

Pick of the week: Surface, Apple TV+, 29 July

Get set to be seduced by this sexy thriller which follows the story of Sophie, (The Morning Show’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who has extreme memory loss after a head injury from an apparent suicide attempt. But as with every good thriller, piecing her life together and searching for the real her, is a twisty old tale. As Sophie’s friends and husband tell her stories about who she is and what her life is like, she’s unsure who to trust and where the truth lies. Directed by Sam Miller of I May Destroy You, we reckon you’ll be hooked from the start.  

Uncoupled, Netflix, 29 July

If you were a Sex and the City fan (if not, where have you been this millennium?) you’re going to love this new dating comedy. After 17 years in a relationship, 40-something Michael finds himself single after his boyfriend walks out on him. But the dating landscape is unrecognisable to when Michael last found himself single and as he attempts to find love in his 40s, there’s a lotta laughs along the way. It’s got all the kitsch, but well observed noughties humour you’d expect from Darren Starr who created the legendary SATC as well as the Sunday night devour-athon that was Emily In Paris. Enjoy.

The Newsreader, 24 July, BBC 2

The BBC has managed to nab this smash hit which first aired in Oz, where it was made, last summer. There’s so much to love about it – the 1980s fashion, the era-appropriate film vignette and the ace storylines that see as much going on behind the camera as in front. Expect 1980s sexism (Aussie style) tackled by the ball-breaking Helen Norville played poker straight and sharp by Anna Torv. It’s also a fascinating dive back into the news events of the time – Halley’s Comet, the Aids crisis and Chernobyl among them.

Under The Banner of Heaven, 27 July, Disney+

If I have you at true crime bestseller, there’s no need to read on… Ok? What about Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar Jones then? Hooked? He takes the lead role of Detective Jeb Pyre in this series inspired by the Jon Krakauer book of the same name, while she plays Brenda White Lafferty and meets a grisly end alongside her young child. The shocking event took place in a Mormon suburb in Salt Lake Valley, and explores the murky foundations of the Church of the Latter-day Saints. Also stars one of the Culkin acting family dynasty, Rory, in a well cast and slightly creepy role as brother-in-law.

Paper Girls, Amazon Prime, 29 July 

And here’s one for family viewing with the tweens/teens – a group of four girls who meet on their paper rounds in 1988 unwittingly end up travelling through time to 2019. It’s one hell of a morning after, as they arrive the day after Halloween and end up crossing paths with their future, grown-up selves. There’s wit, as the girls grapple with modern tech and the reality of who they’re set to become… then they all need to come together to save the world, natch. 

Santa Evita, Disney+, 26 July 

In life, Eva Peron courted controversy but in death she also divided the nation – while fictional, this series looks at the true events of how her embalmed body disappeared following her death. The official line was that she remained unburied for three years while a monument was built in her honour. However, it was never completed. This series follows the bizarre but compelling tale of false corpses, military coups and scandal behind Argentina’s political elite. 

Joyride, in cinemas nationwide, 29 July

When Olivia Colman stars in something, you can be confident it’ll be a goodie. She plays Joy, a solicitor who accidentally gets pregnant then winds up with said child in a stolen taxi driven by a 12-year-old boy fleeing his father. What unfolds is a road trip with a difference as two lost souls travel across Ireland. Stellar performances from both actors (expect to see more of the young Charlie Reid) and a real tear jerker – you have been warned.  

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