New to SoHo in August

In an underwhelming month for premieres, August on Sky’s SoHo will include new seasons of Britannia and Animal Kingdom, a documentary series about the rise of Barak Obama, an animated stand-up comedy special and the broadcast premiere of outstanding Neon sensation ZeroZeroZero.

S3 of Britannia will screen 8.30 Mondays from August 30. Reads the blurb:

Aulus has fractured and shattered the druids, but his true mission: to capture and kill The Chosen One remains elusively out of reach. With forces gathering against her, Cait is more vulnerable than she knows. Shattered by the events of Series Two she struggles with her path as The Chosen One, but can you ever really escape your fate?

New to cast of this period pulp romp set in AD 43 will be Sophie Okonedo as Hemple, the wife of Aulus (David Morrissey).

“It may not be 100 per cent historically accurate, but series three, written by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and Mackenzie Crook, looks packed with sword-clashing action and ribald humour,” reckons one source.

S3 will premiere here a week after it goes to air on Sky Atlantic and also will stream on Neon.

S5 of Animal Kingdom (8.30 Tuesdays from August 17) already is streaming on Neon while Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (9.30 Wednesdays from August 9) sounds more like hagiography than history. Reads the blurb:

The three-part docuseries explores the journey of Barack Obama from Illinois State Senator to the 44th U.S. President, against the cultural and historical moments that defined his political rise.

It will screen weekly here whereas HBO will strip it over three consecutive nights in the US from August 3 (Neon will stream it the same day as HBO).

Tig Notaro: Drawn (August 4, 8.30) is billed as “an hour-long animated comedy special blends Notaro’s signature voice and storytelling with an array of captivating artistic styles as she recounts a hospital bed proposal, a high school talent show gone awry, the repercussions of a dental procedure, unintentionally blowing off fellow comedian Jenny Slate and a road trip with Dolly Parton.”

ZeroZeroZero (8.30 Wednesdays from August 11) is an extraordinary crime drama from the producers of Gomorrah that’s an epic account of the global drug trade told from alternating perspectives.

August also will be notable for weekend box sets of Yellowstone S3, A Million Little Things S3, Intelligence S1, Insecure S3 and Motherland S3.

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3 Responses to “New to SoHo in August”

  1. Phil, do you have any insight into The Flight Attendant, did it pop-up somewhere and I missed it? Thanks.

  2. Afraid not, Jonathan. Despite there being more viewing options than ever, with FTA, pay TV and streaming, high-profile programmes still languish in limbo. The reboot of Gossip Girl and Raised by Wolves are just two other recent examples. All are HBO Max properties that don’t seem to be covered by Sky’s HBO deal or TVNZ’s Warners deal. As I understand it, HBO Max shows are on the open market so you’d think something like a Kaley Cuoco hit would be quickly snapped up. The vagaries of distribution also are highlighted by a series like The Good Fight, which has just been renewed for a sixth season. The first three streamed here on Amazon Prime Video but no sign of the rest. Presumably that’s because ViacomCBS has retained them for Paramount+ in Australia but given we’re no closer to P+ launching in NZ, fans have no choice but to resort to torrent sites.

  3. I still think New Zealand will get Paramount+ this year so hopefully it’s not too far away 😁

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