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WELCOME TO PARAMOUNT+ UK

The highly anticipated US streaming service, Paramount+, is finally in the UK after launching last week and with the launch titles up and running we can now reveal more details about the originals, movies, and continued shows that will be streaming in July 2022. 

The global digital subscription video streaming service features a mountain of entertainment for audiences of all ages.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

VICTORIA’S SECRET: ANGELS & DEMONS (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set Drops: 15th of July/ Three Episodes- Sixty Minutes in Length

Produced by Emmy Award-winning production company Film 45, in
association with Endeavor Content and Hulu. Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons will uncover the secrets of the Victoria’s Secret empire and ask thought-provoking questions on the influence of fashion and advertising on our lives This series chronicles the untold history behind the iconic brand. How the retailer that once defined our culture’s definition of sex and beauty with images of Angels splashed across its catalogues suffered a turbulent fall from grace, with its CEO Les Wexner embroiled in a scandal with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is revealed through an in-depth examination.

GIRL, TAKEN (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Documentary Available From the 25 of July

GirL, Taken follows the story of Celeste and Morne Nurse, whose baby daughter Zephany was stolen from the hospital three days after her birth in Cape Town, April 1997. For 17 years, the devastated couple searched for Zephany, regularly making media appeals, hiring private detectives and following false leads. Then in 2015, their second daughter Cassidy enrolled in a new school, where other pupils pointed out how an older pupil Miche Solomon looked very much like Zephany.


DNA samples confirmed that Miche was Zephany and how she had grown up only a few miles from the Nurse’s home. The Nurses were overjoyed and became media darlings around the world. However, the arrest and trial of the seamstress whom Miche knew as her loving mother devastated her and she ultimately chose to remain with the kidnapper’s family. Against all expectations, The Nurses lost their daughter a second time. This film follows the process of two broken families climbing the difficult path towards forgiveness and wholeness. Produced by Soilsiú Films, in association with Screen Ireland, M-Net and Abacus Media Rights.

THE THING ABOUT PAM (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set drops: 21st of July- One Season/Six Episodes/Sixty Mintues

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel and Judy Greer. This true-crime, limited series is based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, although he insisted he didn’t kill her. Russ was later exonerated, but this brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp played by Renée Zellweger.

Additional cast includes Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer, Katy Mixon, Glenn Fleshler, Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Suanne Spoke and Mac Brandt. The Thing About Pam is executive produced by Renée Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, Jenny Klein (who also
serves as showrunner), Mary-Margaret Kunze, Scott Winant, Jessika Borsiczky, Liz Cole, Noah Oppenheim, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold and Mary Lisio. The series is
produced by Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co.

I LOVE THAT FOR YOU (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set Drops: 21st of July/One Season/Eight Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Inspired by true events, this new comedy follows childhood leukaemia survivor Joanna Gold (Vanessa Bayer) as she chases her lifelong dream of becoming a home shopping channel host. Shedding her “cancer girl” label, she moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and befriends her idol (Molly Shannon), the charismatic star of the network. But when a little white lie to her boss (Jenifer Lewis) turns
into a big snowy avalanche, Joanna finds that living the dream comes with a hefty price tag.

FAIRLY ODD PARENTS: FAIRLY ODDER (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 4th of July/Thirteen Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Starring: Audrey Grace Marshall, Daran Norris and Susanne Blakeslee. Combining live-action and animation, The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder will pick up years after the original ended by following Timmy Turner’s cousin Vivian “Viv” Turner and her new stepbrother Roy Raskin as they navigate life in Dimmsdale with the help of their fairy
godparents, Wanda and Cosmo. Ty Turner uproots his life to reunite with his high school sweetheart Rachel Raskin in the town of Dimmsdale, thrusting his cautious 13-year-
old daughter Viv into a new world where she does not fit in. Once here, Viv’s cousin Timmy entrusts his fairy godparents Wanda and Cosmo to help her adjust by taking her under their wings. Witnessing the fairy transfer take place, Viv’s charismatic new stepbrother Roy also
inherits them, and the two siblings must take turns making wishes. Together they learn to overcome the obstacles in their path, all with the help from their new wand-wielding and wish-granting fairy godparents. The original series for Paramount+ is produced by Nickelodeon Productions.

KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 11th of July/One Season/Sixteen Episodes/Thirty Minutes

Starring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke and Rodger Bumpass. Kamp Koral:
Spongebob’s Under Years is the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff. The CG-animated
prequel series follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals during summer sleepaway camp where they spend their time building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral.

Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years features Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick) and Rodger Bumpass (Squidward) reprising their iconic roles. Carlos Alazraqui and Kate Higgins join as new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp. The series is produced by Nickelodeon.

BIG NATE (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops: 25th of July/One Season/Eight Episodes/30 Minutes

Starring: Daniel Jacobs and Jack Black Big Nate is a comedy about a sixth-grade kid who has a never-ending need to prove his awesomeness to the world. Whether he’s dealing with disasters at home or detention at school, Nate Wright is no stranger to a challenge. Luckily, he’s able to express himself through the world of cartoons that he creates. Charming, mischievous, and a magnet for misadventure trouble is always fun when Nate is around, just ask his friends! In the series premiere “The Legend of the Gunting,” Nate has multiple detentions on the docket, as per usual. But this time he is only one detention away from a fate only whispered about in the halls of P.S. 38. The unhinged new kid, meanwhile, is
determined to become Nate’s prank partner. Jack Black guest stars as Brad Gunter, a prankster of epic proportions and Nate’s inspiration, and Daniel Jacobs lends his voice as Bentley Carter, the new kid at P.S. 38 eager to wreak havoc through the school on teachers and students alike. Big Nate is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

iCARLY SEASON 2 (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops 18th of July/One Season/Ten Episodes/30 Minutes

Starring: Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress. Based on the original hit sitcom, Carly follows Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends as they navigate work, love and their family in their 20s. The 10-episode second season of Paramount+’s Carly picks up right after the first season ended, with Carly refocusing her attention on her friends and family following her romantic complications, all while working to boost her revived web
channel. Spencer and Harper must also navigate new personal and career developments,
while Freddie balances raising Millicent with a new app and a new girlfriend. The series is
produced by Nickelodeon Studios for Paramount+.

THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set Drops 6th of July/Ten Episodes/Sixty Minutes

Starring: T. J. Lavin. MTV’s reality competition show The Challenge returns with an
all stars cast featuring past contestants who have qualified or previously won a Challenge Final. Featuring some of the franchise’s fiercest competitors from every era of the show,
The Challenge: All Stars S3 will reignite old rivalries and spark new ones as these power players navigate a series of gruelling challenges and eliminations, along with some
unexpected twists and turns. T.J. Lavin returns to host the thrilling season, as the competitors fight to earn the chance to run the Final and take home their share of $500.000. The series is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions.

RUMBLE(PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Full Movie Available- 20th of July/Ninety Minutes

Starring: Will Arnett, Terry Crews and Geraldine Viswanathan. An original animated family film that explores the world of monster wrestling celebrates moving to your own groove and
paving your own unique path to success. In a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, Rumble’s teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her
father’s footsteps by coaching a lovable underdog monster into a champion. Produced by Paramount Animation in association with WWE Studios, and with production companies, Reel FX and Walden Media,

The film features an all-star voice cast, including Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro,. Tony Danza, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tony Shalhoub,
Bridget Everett, Greta Lee, Ben Schwartz, Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i, Becky Lynch, Michael Buffer and Charles Barkley.

SCREAM 2022 (BLOCKBUSTER)

Full Movie Available 29th of July/ Ninety Minutes

Starring: Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid and Marley Shelton. Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a
new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to
resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE l, ll ,lll (BLOCKBUSTER)

All Three Movies Available 1st of July/Various Lengths

Starring: Tom Cruise

Mission Impossible follows the operations of the Impossible Missions Force’s main field team under the leadership of Ethan Hunt (Cruise), looking to stop enemy forces while preventing impending global disasters. Each film sees the agent take on new missions of near-impossible feats around the globe. The 25-year-long franchise will showcase the first three of its hit films on Paramount+ this July:

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CONTINUED ICONIC SERIES

Catch the Continuation of some of the hit shows launched in June.

HALO

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

In its adaptation for Paramount+, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. HALO will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. HALO stars Pablo Schreiber as the Master Chief, Spartan-117; Natasha McElhone as Dr Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super-soldiers; and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced Al in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.

SUPER PUMPED: THE BATTLE FOR UBER

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-7

The series tells the story of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and most destructive unicorn company, Uber. The season pivots on Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Uber’s hard-charging CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup, and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with his mentor Bill Gurley (Kyle Chandler), the plainspoken, brilliant Texan venture capitalist who bets his sterling reputation on Uber’s success – and then has to live with the consequences. Thurman stars as Arianna Huffington, the savvy businesswoman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, who was an Uber board member.

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH will follow an alien, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. Naomie Harris plays Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist and engineer who must conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds. Additional cast includes Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, Annelle Olaleye, Kate Mulgrew, Clarke Peters and Bill Nighy.

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 5-8

Based on the year’s Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. The series will feature fan favourites from season two of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock.

QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE

Continues Every Wednesday, Episodes 3-6

The first-of-its-kind global singing competition featuring the fiercest drag queens from 10 countries around the world. In each episode, contestants will debut a new musical performance, singing live in front of an audience and the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges in the hopes of being crowned “Queen of the Universe” and taking home a $250,000 cash prize. The series is hosted by Graham Norton, with Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel and Leona Lewish forming the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges.

This isn’t the full Line-Up for the month of July, So stay posted for updates and announcements on the titles throughout next month

In the UK, Paramount+ is available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ launched on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay-TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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2024

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Craig Zobel

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Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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‘Warrior ‘ Cancelled After Three Seasons

Netflix has acquired the rights to ‘Warrior’

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Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) has fought his final fight over at MAX, as the beloved martial arts show, Warrior, has been cancelled after just three seasons. However, fans may be happy, and hopeful to learn that streaming giant, Netflix has recently acquired all rights to the three seasons of the show set to start streaming February 2024. Does this mean we could get a fourth season after all? Well as we’ve seen with previous shows like Cobra Kai, one of Netflix’s biggest successes’, if Warrior does become a successful addition to the Netflix catalogue, then a fourth season is all but guaranteed. But only time will tell.

Starting its journey on Cinemax for its first two seasons, before landing an temporary place on MAX for its recent third season, Warrior now finds its third home in four years. Its first season premiered in 2019 on Cinemax through to 2020 before the the network announced the cancellation of all original programming. A year later, in 2021, MAX announced a third season of the show which premiered this summer.

Still from Warrior (MAX)

Series creator Jonathon Tropper shared in an exclusive article from Deadline that “Warrior is a show that simply refuses to die. Through platform and regime changes, the writers, producers, cast, crew, and our stunt team continued to make something powerful, relevant, and wildly unique. And now, thanks to Netflix, we’ve been given yet another lease on life, and I’m thrilled for everyone involved that millions more viewers around the world will discover it”.

Based upon the writings of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, Warrior follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China, who immigrates to San Francisco and a hatchet man for the most powerful Tong in all of China town.

For now though, Warrior is still available to stream on MAX

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Doctor Who: The Giggle, A Wildly Satisfying Finale That Teases A Promising Future

Russel T. Davies’ Whoniverse-reshaping finale is a thrilling, heartwarming, chilling, and satisfying hour of telly, that never eases up.

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As brilliantly put by beloved Doctor Who companion Donna Noble, “That was completely nuts!” The final episode of the three 60th anniversary specials, “The Giggle” may just well be the most bonkers, yet impeccable piece of Doctor Who TV… ever. Where last weeks special “Wild Blue Yonder” saw writer Russell T. Davies deliver a masterful episode in restrained storytelling, “The Giggle” is the showrunner unleashed. Throwing epic musical numbers, eerie moments of horror, impactful social commentary, and a divisive yet satisfying final 20 minutes result in an unrelenting hour of telly, and perhaps the best episode of Doctor Who ever.

Kicking off with John Logie Baird’s invention of the television in 1925 as well as introducing audiences to “Stooky Bill” – a real puppet who could put Annabelle to shame – “The Giggle” quickly picks up where “Wild Blue Yonder” left off. In the midst of world wide carnage, the Doctor (David Tenant) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) must search for answers as to why planes are falling out of the sky, and human beings are busy beating each other up on the streets, leading the two to the celestial Toymaker (Neil Patrick Harris), one of the most powerful beings in the universe.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Russell T. Davies is never one to shy away from delivering a script oozing with his rightful fury at current social climates. Take previous episodes like “Midnight” “The Long Game” and “Turn Left” for example all offering impactful stories with themes of human nature, the power of media, and anti-immigration prejudice respectively. Here, Russell T. Davies satirically imitates anti-vaxers, anti-maskers, conspiracy theories, and government empathy brilliantly. Some of it may be a little on the nose – such as a hilarious and obvious dig at Boris Johnson – but it more or less works in favour of poignant, and well-crafted satire.

“The Giggle’s” mad cap, and unprecedented energy is only more apparent through the episodes many tonal shifts. Under the guise of another property, this constant tonal shift would have felt jarring. But in “The Giggle” the episode pivots in-and-out of horror, comedy, musical, and drama effortlessly, adding to episodes manic and unpredictable nature.

Keeping on theme with last weeks unnerving episode, “The Giggle” is surprisingly steeped in horror. Especially for those who suffer from pupaphobia, the fear of puppets. Whether its the imagery of that “gosh darn” creepy doll, Stooky Bill, or the Toymakers endless gothic labryinth, “The Giggle” is another terrifying episode of Doctor Who, proving once again that this sci-fi show isn’t for children. No scene is scarier perhaps than the haunting scene with Stooky Bill’s wife, Stooky Sue, who’s found crying in the corner of a dark room, before creeping towards Donna chanting a horrifying rhyme. But its all played for laughs when Donna nonchalantly beats the puppet senseless.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

Elsewhere, Neil Patrick Harris’ Toymaker who stole the show. His multi-faceted, and multi-accented villain proves to be the deadliest enemy the Doctor has ever faced, as well as perhaps the most entertaining. Harris’ intoxicating performance enthuses the Toymaker with fear, intelligence, and a playfulness unlike any villain we have seen before. His celestial abilities are terrifying and unparalleled, making the Master – the Doctors nemesis/best friend – look like an amateur. Through the subtle yet deeply fascinating line, “I made a jigsaw out of your history” – explaining, teasing and disregarding the recent messy Whoniverse canon with ease – the Toymaker becomes much more of a threat. Lets not forget the unexpectedly brilliant “Spice Up Your Life” musical number where the Toymaker effortlessly turns soldiers into balloons, once again proving his celestial power.

Bringing back David Tennant – the most popular actor to ever take on the role – was perhaps Davies’ wisest decision upon returning, and reviving the show. Tennant’s return doesn’t just provide a great headline for the show that would drive its viewers back after an incredibly messy past few years, but also offers a heartwarming vulnerability to a character who hasn’t stopped running, fighting, and caring for nearly two decades. The Doctor has never taken a second to grieve, or stop running. He’s lost innumerable companions, and was responsible for destroying half the universe with the Flux. A messy piece of Doctor Who canon which has now been beautifully woven into the Doctor’s character thanks to Russel T. Davies.

Davies delves into the characters vulnerability, and insecurities forcing the Doctor to question his being, and ability to save others. The line “I’m all sonic, and TARDIS, and Time lord, take that away, what am I?” is an incredibly powerful piece of character development, made all the more impactful through Tennant’s performance. The Doctor has always put himself above others, but “The Giggle”, more specifically Donna, encourages the Doctor to stop trying to sacrifice himself for others, and to instead take a second to care for himself.

With Tennant returning to the role, audiences will instantly have that connection to this version of the Doctor, making his vulnerability much more heart-wrenching, and his ending much more satisfying.

Tate was equally fantastic as she has been through all three specials. Her confident, and hilarious performance continues to prove why Donna Noble is one of the best ever Doctor Who companions, and her chemistry with Tennant is deeply infectious.

Still from “The Giggle” (BBC Studios)

The episode carried a lot of emotional stakes way before the title music kicked in, what with the episode forcing viewers to sit through another David Tennant regeneration. However, what was supposed to be an emotional finale, resulted in an unprecedented and incredibly exciting final 20 minutes. Davies introduced possibly the most divisive aspect of the show… well ever. We are of course talking about, Bi-generation. The idea that instead of changing faces, the Doctor instead becomes two Doctor’s. A current Doctor, and a new Doctor. This not only served as a great way to introduce Ncuti Gatwa, who instantly proved himself as an extraordinary Doctor, but also gives the 14th Doctor a satisfying arc that finally lets him rest.

Bi-generation is a fantastic concept for now, but in the future, this idea could lose all the emotional weight a regeneration used to harbour. Saying goodbye to a current incarnation of the Doctor was never easy. But, if Bi-generation is a continued element then no regeneration will be as impactful or emotional as it once was. For now, it was perfect.

All in all, “The Giggle” – and collectively all three specials – are some of the best work Doctor Who has ever put out. The final special of the 60th celebrations served as a satisfying and emotional goodbye to the modern era of Doctor Who and an exciting tease at the franchises future. It’s an undoubtedly bonkers satire, that blends horror, musical, comedy, and drama elements together to create the best and most heart-warming Doctor Who episode ever. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us Whovians.

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