BEFORE we dive deep into Christmas movies, remember that there are still plenty of new TV shows airing this week.
As always, The Sun’s TV Mag is here to provide all the latest information on what to watch over the next seven days.
Wednesday – Netflix
Fans of this reputedly creepy, goofy, mysterious, frightening and all together ooky family are in for a treat. Legendary director Tim Burton takes the reins of this brilliantly dark new supernatural mystery comedy series, which follows the high school misadventures of Morticia and Gomez’s dismissive teenage daughter on Wednesday.
After being expelled from another school, Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) is enrolled – against her will – by her parents Morticia (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Gomez (Luis Guzman) in the sinister Nevermore Academy, the same school where they met as teenagers. A school for “outcasts, freaks, freaks,” as one character puts it, Wednesday even struggles to fit in, until a string of violent deaths sets her on a mission to find out who or what is going on. hides behind the murders.
Drenched in deliciously dark, deadpan humor and splashed with glorious amounts of gore, it’s everything you’d expect from a modern Addams Family spinoff. Jenna relishes the role of sarcastic Wednesday and the series also features great cameos from Gwendoline Christie as Nevermore’s homeroom teacher, Principal Weems and Christina Ricci – who played Wednesday in the 90s big screen versions of the story – as primary school teacher Marylin Thornhill.
Available – you guessed it – Wednesday
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special – Disney+
What do you get a half-human, half-celestial intergalactic superhero for Christmas? That’s the dilemma facing the Guardians of the Galaxy gang as they set out to give their leader Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) the perfect gift in this festive one-off. While Peter still mourns the loss of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the team – including Nebula (Karen Gillan), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) – heads to Earth to find something (or should there be) special to cheer him up. With a very funny Kevin Bacon cameo, amazing effects, and a bag of Santa surprises, it’s a hearty seasonal sci-fi treat.
Rebekah vs. Coleen: The Wagatha Trial – Discovery+
Anyone who still mourns the long-dead but fondly remembered wives of footballers had to pinch themselves when the so-called Wagatha Christie trial came to court in May. Famously, the case saw Rebekah Vardy, wife of Leicester City star Jamie, sue her former friend and fellow WAG Coleen Rooney for defamation, after Coleen claimed Rebekah sold stories from her private Instagram. Juicy. This two-part special examines the case in microscopic detail, speaking to family members, close friends, journalists, legal teams and digital forensics experts, in an effort to determine where the truth.
Available on Saturday
Under the bridge – hayu
Captain Lee, the “Stud of the sea”, is joined by Chief Rachel and newly promoted Chief Stew Fraser as the team takes charge of the largest ship in history below deck, St David. They set sail for the beautiful island of St. Lucia, but it won’t be easy as Fraser has to prove himself and Rachel creates some of her best dishes yet. There are also plenty of new staff on board, including ladies’ man Bosun Ross, and Captain Lee is ready to rock the boat as he makes a shocking decision…
Echo 3 – Apple TV+
While most action series trade emotion for explosions, Echo 3 stands out by trying to balance the two. Based on an Israeli series called When Heroes Fly, the 10-part thriller tells the story of scientist Amber (Jessica Ann Collins), who goes missing on the Colombia-Venezuela border while on a research trip.
Worried for her safety, Amber’s protective husband Prince (Michiel Huisman) and her devoted brother Bambi (Luke Evans) – both covert ops soldiers from the same squadron – team up to try to find out what happened. , where she is and to bring her home. . At first glance, Prince and Bambi should be the perfect combo for this very dangerous and very personal operation – but a falling out over the tragic death of one of their comrades on a previous mission has left them hollow. Can they leave the past behind in order to save Amber?
What follows is an adventure filled with jaw-dropping action sequences, jaw-dropping visuals, lies, betrayal, and gritty but layered performances from the protagonists. There’s also a strong supporting cast, which includes a cameo from Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and stunning international locations – from snow-capped mountains to dense Colombian jungles. Indeed, watching it unfold with pace, heart, and epic cinematic reach, it’s no surprise that the show is the creation of Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, who penned The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. So buckle up for a nervous and very bingeable ride.
SAS: Rogue Heroes – BBC iPlayer
A fantastic cast star in this explosive WWII drama about the formation of the SAS. Irreverent, brash and shamelessly violent with an excellent soundtrack, it’s easy to draw comparisons to creator Steven Knight’s other famous hit, Peaky Blinders.
Disenchanted – Disney+
The long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed 2007 Disney film Enchanted finds Princess Giselle (voiced by Amy Adams), her husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and her stepdaughter Morgan moving from Manhattan to the suburbs, where the mysterious Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph ) is plotting to make their lives a misery. Magical and wonderful fun.
It’s an unwritten rule in TV and movies that bad things happen to anyone who discovers an abandoned ship drifting in the ocean. That’s certainly the case in this super-sinister new thriller about the crew and passengers of a 19th-century steamship that gets lost on its journey to New York.
English – BBC iPlayer
Emily Blunt stars alongside Native American actor Chaske Spencer in this epic, violent and romantic western drama about a grieving 19th-century Englishwoman desperate to avenge the death of her son in an unforgiving country. Also includes Toby Jones, Stephen Rea, Rafe Spall and Tom Hughes.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi – Disney+
The force is strong with this latest spinoff of Star Wars, an animated series that follows the adventures of Jedis Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein) and Count Dooku (Corey Burton). Filled with familiar characters, including Qui-Gun Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid), it’s already a hit with fans.
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