New to Amazon Prime Video in December

Season four of The Expanse will be the first to stream in 4K when it launches December 13 on Amazon Prime Video.

The show’s first season as a global Amazon Original begins a new chapter for the series with the crew of the Rocinante on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Reads the blurb:

Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars and the Belt. Ilus is the first of these planets, one rich with natural resources but also marked by the ruins of a long dead alien civilisation.

While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonise Ilus and its natural resources, these early explorers don’t understand this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them.

Starring Steven Strait (aka the sci-fi Jon Snow), Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Frankie Adams, and David Strathairn, The Expanse season four promises to answer some of intricate of the series and open up others as the crew of the Rocinante are dragged into more conflicts.

Watch the official trailer here.

Also new next month will be:

  • season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (from December 6, watch the official trailer here)
  • The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen Special (from December 13, watch the official trailer here), in which Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond ditch their cars to embark on a boat trip across Vietnam and Cambodia to cross the Mekong Delta
  • season two of Inside Edge (from December 5), the Amazon Original series that dramatises on the seedy underbelly of T20 cricket and its celebrities.

Meanwhile, next year Amazon Prime Video will premiere a documentary series about the Australian men’s cricket team, The Test: A  New Era for Australia’s Team.

Here’s the press release:

Auckland, NZ – November 25, 2019 Amazon today announced that The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team, a new docuseries following the Australian Men’s Cricket Team will be coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Offering Prime members a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s best cricket teams fell from grace and was forced to reclaim their title and integrity, The Test will be available on Prime Video in Australia and more than 200 countries and territories around the world in early 2020.

Picking up immediately after the incident in South Africa that led to an outpouring of disappointment and shock around the world, The Test begins with the appointment of Justin Langer as coach and follows the Australian Men’s Cricket Team around the world.

With unprecedented access, The Test gives viewers an inside look into the highs and lows of the long road back in the team’s fight to regain the respect of world cricket.

From a tough run in the short-form of the game, to their first ever Test series loss to India on Australian soil, the fans journey with the team as they rally and rise to a successful World Cup campaign and battle against England for the 2019 Ashes series.

“As we continue to increase production of Australian Amazon Original series, our goal is to tell local stories that resonate with our Prime members and we believe that The Test will do just that,” said James Farrell, Vice President of International Originals at Amazon Studios.

“In working with Cricket Australia, we’ve captured the spirit of the nation’s sport that will be sure to delight both fans of the game as well as those who enjoy an amazing comeback story of redemption.

“We’re excited to launch this series exclusively for our Prime members in Australia and around the world.”

“Our national team, led by Tim Paine, Aaron Finch and Justin Langer, have been on a considerable journey over the past 18 months,” said Richard Ostroff, Head of Broadcast & Production at Cricket Australia.

“The Test has captured the highs and lows of this story intimately, and we are thrilled to work with Amazon Prime Video to bring this story to cricket fans around the world.”

“Cricket is a game steeped in tradition, and the behind the scenes access the Australian Cricket team have provided for The Test is unprecedented.” said Adrian Brown, director of The Test.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the players and coaches involved. Having the opportunity to tell this story of resilience, character and achievement against-the-odds has been a privilege and I can’t wait to share it.”

The Test is produced by CA Films in partnership with Australian production company Whooshka Media, and directed by Adrian Brown.

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