JLife’s recommendations of the latest TV, books, and films to keep you hooked.
The Invisible Hour | Scribner UK 15th August
From the bestselling author of Practical Magic (adapted into a film with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock) Alice Hoffman’s latest novel explores themes of family, redemption, exploration, and love. Outcast for her pregnancy, sixteen-year- old Ivy finds solace in the arms of Joel Davis. He takes her in in her time of need and offers her a simpler life than her complicated situation has granted her. Little does Ivy know; Joel is the charismatic leader of a cult known as the Community. Born in to life of the Community, Mia is beginning to break rules which lead her down a path she never could have imagined.
Red, White & Royal Blue Amazon Prime | 11th August
Alex Claremont-Diaz (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the first woman President of the United States (Uma Thurman), and Britain’s Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine) have a lot in common: stunning good looks, undeniable charisma, international popularity…and a total disdain for each other. But as Alex and Henry’s icy relationship unexpectedly begins to thaw into a tentative friendship, the friction that existed between them sparks something deeper than they ever expected. Based on Casey McQuiston’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller.
Good Omens | Amazon Prime 28th July
Season Two of Good Omens explores storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the uncanny friendship between Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), a fussy angel and rare book dealer, and the fast-living demon Crowley (David Tennant). Having been on Earth since The Beginning, and with the Apocalypse thwarted, Aziraphale and Crowley are getting back to easy living among mortals in London’s Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery. This star-studded tv adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel is an unmissable watch.
Charles Paris: So Much Blood Audible | 6th August
Narrated by the voice talents of Bill Nighy as Charles Paris with Suzanne Burden as Frances and Jon Glover as Maurice in this comedic whodunnit. Comedian and actor Charles Paris is at Edinburgh Fringe substituting for an actress with a broken leg when one of his fellow performers is stabbed to death backstage. Charles, his agent Maurice, and his ‘semi-detached’ wife Frances decide to give the mystery a go. Adapted from the novel by Simon Brett.