This week is topped up with new releases, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom premieres this week (June 22). Here are 10 other pop culture items to check out over the next seven days:
1. WHAT TO PUT ON IF YOU’RE PLANNING A COZY NIGHT IN
Though this fifth season aired in the U.K. back in 2014, it won’t seem past its sell-by date when it debuts Friday on PBS. The Great British Baking Show exists in its own warm and whimsical TV world where the worst thing that can happen is finding your pastry has a “soggy bottom.” Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are joined again by pun-loving presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins — the new line-up doesn’t arrive until season eight. So, tuning in should feel as cheeringly familiar as a hug from an old friend.
2. WHAT TO APPROACH WITH A WIDE-OPEN MIND
With Derren Brown, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Netflix says this special premiering Friday will see the British mentalist “reinvent the concept of ‘faith healing’ through a series of stunts that debunk the confines of fear, pain and disbelief.” It’s a televised version of a stage show during which Brown seemingly “cured” audience members of their various ailments live on stage. However skeptical you may feel about the world of magic and illusions, it’s tough not to be pretty intrigued by Brown’s Miracle.
3. WHAT TO READ IF YOU’VE ALWAYS ADMIRED THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF DAVID LYNCH
As anyone who watched his recent Twin Peaks revival series will know, David Lynch doesn’t really do straightforward narratives. So, this sort-of-biography published Tuesday hits on an ingenious compromise. Journalist Kristine McKenna writes the segments you’d expect from a traditional memoir, discussing Lynch’s upbringing, career journey, and personal relationships. Then the auteur himself adds tangential anecdotes and reminiscences. Room to Dream is filled with his recollections on Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and more, making it essential reading for Lynch lovers.
4. WHAT TO WATCH FOR SIMMERING TENSION AND TERRIFIC SET PIECES
The fantastic Archie Panjabi (who played fan favorite Kalinda in The Good Wife) anchors this U.K. thriller series debuting Thursday on Sundance Now. She plays Mona, a British Pakistani doctor married to a successful political lobbyist (Smash‘s Jack Davenport) whose life is upended when her nephew becomes a terrorist suspect. Next of Kin makes a few clunky plot jumps across its six episodes, but Panjabi is consistently compelling, and husband-and-wife writing team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) and Natasha Narayan build tension skillfully until a suitably dramatic conclusion.
5. WHAT TO PLAY IF YOU’RE A FAN OF CLASSIC ALT-ROCK
Fronted by the smart and charismatic Shirley Manson, Garbage is one of the great alternative bands of their era. Version 2.0, originally released in 1998, ranks among their best-loved albums and is home to the radio hits “Special” and “Push It.” This 20th anniversary reissue, dropping Friday, adds 10 B-sides including fan favorite “Lick the Pavement” to the original 12-track LP. The result is an epic collection of grungy electro-rock songs which still sounds energizing today.
6. WHAT TO ENJOY WITH A POT OF TEA AND A PLATE OF CUCUMBER SANDWICHES
A prequel to long-running U.K. detective drama Inspector Morse, Endeavour feels as English as afternoon tea and a dry wit. Set in the late ’60s, it follows young police officer Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as he investigates a series of unusual murders in the picturesque university town of Oxford. Though it’s season five that premieres Sunday on PBS, Endeavour is an elegant and well-constructed procedural that newcomers shouldn’t find too tricky to pick up.
7. WHAT TO WATCH FOR AN INSIGHT INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN REFUGEE CRISIS
After playing at various film festivals, this affecting documentary debuts Monday on HBO, timed to coincide with World Refugee Day on June 20. It follows two refugee groups from Eritrea and Syria as they travel across the Mediterranean towards asylum (and presumed safety) in Italy. Directors Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo don’t shy away from showing the treacherous nature of the journey or the tension sparked among locals when they arrive. It’s a heart-rending portrait of a complex problem — one that’s both firmly political and deeply personal.
8. WHAT TO TRY IF YOU LOVE DISCOVERING A FANTASTIC NEW VOICE
After breaking through as a contestant on The Voice U.K., singer-songwriter Becky Hill has leant her distinctive gravely voice to several dance hits, including Dutch DJ Oliver Helden‘s chart-topper “Gecko (Overdrive).” But this awesome new solo offering sees her step firmly into a spotlight. As evocative as its title suggests, “Sunrise in the East” is a cool and contemporary mid-tempo pop song about reaching for deeper emotional intimacy with your partner. It definitely marks Hill out as an artist to keep an eye on.
9. WHAT TO WATCH WHEN YOU FANCY DRAMA ON A GRAND SCALE
Created by Taylor Sheridan, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Hell or High Water and Sicario, Paramount’s new Utah-set drama premiering Sunday looks like a proper epic. In his first series regular TV role, Kevin Costner stars as a rich patriarch staunchly defending his family’s lucrative ranch from encroachments by land developers, a Native American reservation, and a new U.S. National Park. With a rock solid supporting cast that includes American Beauty‘s Wes Bentley, Britannia‘s Kelly Reilly, and American Sniper‘s Luke Grimes, Yellowstone has all the makings of a summer smash.
10. WHAT TO GO SEE IF YOU FANCY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
This road movie opening in select theaters Friday is pure big screen comfort food. The superb Vera Farmiga stars as a Seattle single mother who’s forced to drive her weed-dealing dad (Christopher Plummer) from Portland to her sister’s house in L.A. after he’s expelled from his retirement home. Writer-director Shana Feste (Endless Love) doesn’t break any new ground here, but Plummer is a playful delight as he bounces off a charming ensemble cast that includes Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda, and Kristen Schaal.
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