Undoubtedly, many of us will be wanting to relax and recharge from the busy year we have had. If you are finding yourself scrolling through streaming platforms, unsure of what story to dig into next, look no further. We have compiled a list of the best shows to stream during the summer holidays. Grab your popcorn, snacks and beverage of choice, and snuggle up for an adventure into a myriad of new worlds.
Fans of this historic chronicle will be thrilled to know that The Crown has released season 6 on Netflix. The series has followed the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Imelda Staunton. This new season, which is split into two parts, details the incredible life of Diana, Princess of Wales, played by Elizabeth Debicki, touching on the days leading up to her tragic death, the accident that took her life, and the aftermath and consequences. The remaining half of this season is set to release this December!
Football fans, 90s babies and fans of the Spice Girls will enjoy this insightful glimpse into the life of David Beckham, and his family. The narrative follows his humble beginnings as a working class young man, to his rapid rise to football stardom. With only four episodes, this is a great one to binge over a weekend or couple of days when you are keen for a break from the sunshine and heat.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
Fans of To All the Boys, Heartstopper, and Never Have I Ever, will devour this heartwarming coming-of-age show that just teems with all the summer vibes, mixed with a tinge of nostalgia for some. The story follows 16-year-old Isabel – known as Belly – who visits Cousins Beach with her family every summer. She arrives at the lazy beach town with a sense of foreboding that this summer might be different. And her gut feeling is right as she falls into a love triangle between the brother’s – son’s of her mother’s best friend. The show touches on love, heartbreak, the trials of adolescence and youth, and a woman learning about who she is, all in a cataclysmic summer. Based on the young adult book by Jenny Han (also author of the To All the Boys series), this two season show will quench your thirst for young love nostalgia and summer romance.
Alan Ritchson claims the iconic character of Jack Reacher in this military action and adventure. Season 1 followed the events of Lee Child’s debut novel Killing Floor, where Reacher finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy following an arrest for a murder he did not commit. Season 2, releasing December 15th, adapts Child’s Bad Luck and Trouble, bringing more action and thrill to the screen. Reacher must partner with three former teammates to deliver both vengeance and a decent amount of sass.
Make your debut at Camp Half Blood, with this much anticipated fantasy series. Based on the book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, the story follows 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who must come to terms with his newfound divine powers. But Zeus, the god of the sky, accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Percy and his friends must restore order to Olympus and prevent a war amongst the gods. Perfect for fans of fantasy, mythology, Greek history, action and adventure, this series is set to release December 20th, perfect for a cozy Christmas watch.
For the 60th anniversary of this much-loved science fiction show, three specials will premiere on Disney Plus: November 25th, December 2, and December 9th. These specials will see the reunion of the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate), who must face their most treacherous villain to date: the Toymaker (Neil Patrick Harris).
The three specials will foster anticipation for the 15th Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, who will make his debut on the show in 2024, and also make history as the first black actor to portray the Doctor.
Marvel fans will have likely already gobbled this up during its weekly season 2 release from June to November, but this latest installment from the mega movie and television franchise is a must-watch this summer. This mind-bending 2 season series follows Loki, the God of Mischief, who must either fix the timeline, or he and the people he cares about will cease to exist. In this season, Loki traverses timelines to find his friends and mend the past to save the future, learning the true meaning of ‘glorious purpose’ along the way. All the while, reality has never been close to anything that anyone thought.
This new series delves into the story of an undercover human rights advocate who helps with the migration of African communities and refugees. On their journey to Europe, they encounter human traffickers and government officials after a tourist cruise ship rescues a group of refugees.
This series, released December 1, is inspired by the book Bilal by journalist Fabrizio Gatti.
It’s time to rebuild and reimagine the world in this miniseries adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s novel. This post-apocalyptic novel stretches across multiple timelines and shines a light on the survivors of a devastating flu who try to rekindle a now broken world.
Starring Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel, this chilling and thrilling window into a world not so dissimilar from our own debuts December 17th.
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