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The Best New TV Releases – August 2017

Strike
This August
BBC 1

Choosing to write under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith in order to escape expectation and critique, J.K. Rowling returned to our bookshelves with her Cormoran Strike series of crime fiction novels. After much success and excitement, the BBC are now bringing it to our screens.

The Strike series will consist of three parts, each based upon a separate book. First will be the three-part The Cuckoos Calling this month, followed by The Silkworm and Career of Evil. The BBC have confirmed that the leading cast will star Tom Burke as war veteran turned private detective Cormoran Strike, accompanied on screen by Holliday Grainger as detective assistant Robin Ellacott.

Strike - the-cuckoos-calling

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
Fri 4 Aug
Netflix

The 2001 comedy cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, starring famous names including Paul Rudd, Joe Lo Truglio, Bradley Cooper and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler returns to Netflix this month.

Promising to be “ten years hotter and ten years wetter” (though no more mature), the new eight-part mini-series is set to fulfil the pledge Ben (Cooper) made in the original for the cast to meet up in the future to see where time has taken them. Chock-full of nostalgia, awkwardness and the over-the-top exploitation of cinematic tropes, this series will throw you back to the glory days of the ‘80s and now ‘90s at Camp Firewood in this cringe-worthy laugh-a-minute extravaganza.

Wet Hot American Summer

 

Ray Donovan
Wed 16 Aug
Sky Atlantic

With a trailer featuring a telling first glimpse of dangerous-looking Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, this captivating crime drama returns, now on its fifth series.

Liev Schreiber returns to his two-time Emmy-nominated role as the man you run to whenever things go wrong. The brooding thriller, focussed around LA’s best professional fixer, looks to be ramping things up a notch this season as tensions reach breaking point and family becomes more involved. This time, things are getting personal.

Ray Donovan

Marvel’s The Defenders
Fri 18 Aug
Netflix

Having seen the success of the superhero movie from the likes of Paramount Studios, Netflix have decided to get in on the excitement with their very own action-packed originals series Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones.

Now much like their feature-length Hollywood counterparts, the ever-expanding Marvel universe brings together a collection of heroes and heroines to form one ultimate crime-fighting team: enter The Defenders. With a heavier soundtrack including Nirvana’s Come As You Are and a tonally darker look than we’re used to in superhero movies, though still recognisably ‘Marvel’, the new Netflix series looks to bridge the gap between The Avengers and DC-based Suicide Squad.

The Defenders

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