What to watch on board BA this summer
From girl gangs and ghosts to rescue dogs and riveting thrillers, there’s plenty of compelling content to enjoy on board this summer, courtesy of Paramount+
If you need someone to lurch from crisis to crisis as they singlehandedly try to save the world, who better than Kiefer Sutherland, the man who made a ticking clock cool in 24? The actor dials up the bristling intensity to Jack Bauer levels (and beyond) as John Weir, a data analyst and master of deception in the world of corporate espionage who is framed for murder by powerful forces with the ability to influence and control populations. Not knowing who to trust or what’s real or not, the increasingly discombobulated Weir struggles to clear his head and name. Expect explosions, furrowed brows and more twists than a box of pretzels. On board from July.
At first glance, School Spirits seems like a straightforward teen drama about a girl who is struggling to fit in. But here’s the catch – Maddie (Peyton List) is dead and finds herself in some sort of pimply purgatory at her high school with other deceased youngsters. It soon becomes clear that Maddie did not die from natural causes and, as she goes on a crime-solving journey to find her murderer, more and more disturbing details start to emerge. Crisscrossing several genres – from horror to comedy to supernatural thriller – School Spirits combines great performances with an intriguing plot that deserves an A+. On board from July.
The number of parents who’ve bought themselves some peace and quiet by putting on an episode of PAW Patrol must be in the millions. Simply the ideal entertainment for pre-schoolers, the cartoon series about a ten-year-old boy called Ryder – who leads a crew of search and rescue dogs on missions to safeguard the aptly named Adventure Bay – is a global phenomenon that’s given us a new genre: puppy action adventure. Season 9 sees the squad of pooches run off their paws when Mayor Humdinger transforms his robot cat into an enormous metal-eating menace and Liberty mistakenly brings a bear to town. On-board from July.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
The Star Trek franchise has boldly gone into space since the 1960s, introducing countless captains, crew members with pointy ears and aliens with an assortment of strange cranial ridges. The latest TV series is a case of back to the future, with Strange New Worlds set in the decade before The Original Series that introduced the world to Kirk and Spock. At the helm of the USS Enterprise is Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), assisted by Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn), who have to negotiate wormholes, nebulas and the trickiest obstacle of them all – on-board romance. Stream now on Paramount+, on board from September.
The Family Stallone
He's been pummelled by a gargantuan Russian boxer, has fallen off cliffs and has single-handedly taken on entire armies with little more than a head band. How, though, does Sylvester Stallone cope with brushing the family cat or his daughters going on a date? Reality show The Family Stallone answers those questions and more as cameras follow around the action legend, his wife Jennifer and their three statuesque kids, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet. In between the usual sibling squabbles, there are cameos from Sly’s A-list buddies, including Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger, golden moments with the actor’s unfiltered brother Frank and a behind-the-scenes look at Stallone’s latest hit project, Tulsa King. Throughout it all, the 76-year-old icon is in fine form – giving advice to his daughters like a gravel-voiced drill instructor, playing around with tarantulas and showing how good humour is the best defence when you’re going through a rocky period in life. Stream now on Paramount+, on board from September.
Special Ops: Lioness
Any new show created by writer Taylor Sheridan, the man behind mega-hit Yellowstone, deserves closer inspection. Add a cast including Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldaña and Morgan Freeman and it’s not hard to see why there’s so much buzz surrounding Special Ops: Lioness. Based on a real-life CIA programme, the spy thriller follows a marine (Laysla De Oliveira) who’s been recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring a cell down from the inside. Saldaña is the station chief of the Lioness programme, while Kidman plays a seasoned senior supervisor at the CIA. Chances are it won’t take Lioness long to start gobbling up viewers at a rapid rate. Streaming from July 23 on Paramount +, on board from September.
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