TV Picks: Disney+

TV Picks: Disney+

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Tuesday, 24th March 2020
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Disney’s streaming service has finally arrived in the UK and delivered a fresh batch of series for its new subscribers. Here are our top picks from Disney+.

The Mandalorian

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Jon Favreau’s Star Wars spaghetti western sees Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) star as the faceless Mandalorian bounty hunter, Din Djarin.

The first live action series of the franchise, it follows the Mandalorian’s gunslinging exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic authorities.

In the first episode, The Client (a haughty Werner Herzog) offers Djarin a bounty for the safe return of The Child (the adorable and much-memeified Baby Yoda) from captivity.

A second series has already been confirmed for October this year, but the first will only be released on an episode-per-week basis from the launch date.


The World According to Jeff Goldblum

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Developed by National Geographic, this documentary series explores the ordinary through the prismatic lens of Jeff Goldblum’s extraordinary mind.

Each episode follows Goldblum’s lead in studying the science and history of a single familiar subject, be-it ice cream or denim, tattoos or bicycles.

But unlike, say, any other documentary presenter, Goldblum openly admits to researching his subjects as little as possible, ensuring no prior knowledge diverges his signature stream of consciousness: “I know nothing, that’s the premise.”

Two episodes from the first series are currently streaming, while the remaining ten will be released every Friday.


Gravity Falls

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A Twin Peaks for kids, this animated mystery comedy series follows the paranormal adventures of Dipper and Mabel.

They’re sent to the fictional town of Gravity Falls to spend their summer running a tourist trap for their Grunkle Stan, ‘The Mystery Shack.’ But when Dipper stumbles across a journal in the surrounding forest, they begin to unravel the local mysteries.

The series mixes structurally smart storytelling and complex mythology, with pop culture references and easter eggs in abundance.

The entire series is currently streaming.


High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

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If you rolled your eyes at the title, fear not, this is a mockumentary.

The series follows students at a fictionalised East High School, where the original High School Musical was filmed, as they attempt to stage their own version.

Although close enough to its predecessors to dose franchise fans with a hit of nostalgia, The Series delivers a more tongue in cheek and less two dimensional take than the original.

The first series is currently streaming.


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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This will be the first of eight new Marvel Cinematic Universe series coming to the platform.

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as the eponymous heroes Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, with the series following the events of Avengers: Endgame which saw Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) pass the Captain America shield and mantle onto Wilson.

Set to premiere in August, The Falcon will consist of six episodes.

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Disney’s streaming service has finally arrived in the UK and delivered a fresh batch of series for its new subscribers. Here are our top picks from Disney+.