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TV Highlights: Gaslit, Ten Percent, Barry, Shining Girls


Sunday, streaming on Stan

We all know the story of the Watergate scandal, but this captivating new series changes tack and centres on the political scandal involving some of the lesser-known players.

At the centre is Martha Mitchell, played by Julia Roberts, a big personality rivalled by her even bigger mouth.

A celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to president Nixon’s loyal attorney-general, John Mitchell, played by an unrecognisable Sean Penn, she becomes the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, but in turn her personal life starts to unravel at the same time the presidency does.

While her actions helped change the course of history, they also came at a great personal cost.

There has been massive buzz around this series. Don’t miss it.

Based on the French series Call My Agent, Ten Percent now centres on a London talent agency.
Camera IconBased on the French series Call My Agent, Ten Percent now centres on a London talent agency. Credit: Photo Credit: Rob Youngson/Rob Youngson


Ten Percent

Thursday, streaming on Prime Video

The British remake of the French series, Call My Agent, this version follows the employees of a talent agency in London as they juggle the demands of their celebrity clients while keeping their business afloat after the sudden death of its founder.

With plenty of cameos from stars like Kelly Macdonald, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Corrin and Himesh Patel, you might be left wondering if you’re actually watching a documentary at times.

Laugh out loud moments abound.

Barry (Bill Hader)
Camera IconBarry (Bill Hader) Credit: Merrick Morton



Monday, 5.30pm, Fox Showcase and streaming on Binge

After three years, everyone’s favourite hit man-actor is finally back, but of course, things are just as complicated as ever as Barry (Bill Hader) does his best to untangle himself from the world of contract killing.

Although many of the threats to him of pursuing a career in his passion have been eliminated, new challenges are set to pop up.

Plus now that Gene (Henry Winkler) knows his dirty little secret, will he rat him out?

Kirby (Elisabeth Moss) in Shining Girls.
Camera IconKirby (Elisabeth Moss) in Shining Girls. Credit: Supplied by Apple TV Plus


Shining Girls

Friday, Streaming on Apple TV Plus

A newspaper archivist working at a Chicago newspaper in the early 90s, Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss) is the survivor of a brutal attack and also grappling with a constantly shifting reality.

When she learns that a recent murder is linked to her assault, she teams up with reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura) to uncover the identity of her attacker.

The culprit, Harper Curtis (Jamie Bell), is revealed to the audience from the start, but what unravels will keep you guessing (unless that is you have already read the book the series is based on).

Regardless, this is a gripping drama anchored by Moss’ performance.

Claudia Karvan and Noni Hazlehurst in a scene from the movie June Again.
Camera IconClaudia Karvan and Noni Hazlehurst in a scene from the movie June Again. Credit: METHODE


June Again

Streaming on Netflix

If, like me, you are still recovering from the rollercoaster ride that was The Father (the 2021 Best Picture Oscar nominee starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman), this warm and funny Aussie movie also charts a family’s journey following a dementia diagnosis, but in a slightly more heartwarming way.

When matriarch June (the ever effervescent Noni Hazlehurst) has a temporary bout of lucidity from vascular dementia, she re-enters the lives of her adult children, Ginny (Claudia Karvan) and Devon (Stephen Curry), and learns that things haven’t quite gone according to plan and the family is fractured.

With limited time but plenty of determination, she sets about trying to put everything, and everyone, back on track, but to mixed results.

There may be plenty of joy and genuine laugh-out-loud moments as the heartbreaking nature of this illness plays out, but you’ll end up feeling optimistic despite the tugging at your heartstrings.

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