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Charlotte and Nathan Appleby are the lead characters in The Living and the Dead. Photo: BBC
Charlotte and Nathan Appleby are the lead characters in The Living and the Dead. Photo: BBC

Two series to get you hooked and a feel-good film

The Living and the Dead 

Wednesday, August 3

8.30pm on BBC First

IT'S 1894. In the heart of the old-school, the industrial revolution seems to have bypassed Shepzoy, an isolated, fictional community in Somerset.

Labourers still wear smocks and new farm machinery is scowled at. But the sleepy town is about to get a serious shake up.   

The death of his mother brings Nathan Appleby and his wife Charlotte back to the family estate in rural England.   

They must turn the farm around or risk ruin - and the devastation of the local community.   

But when a teenage girl is brought to Nathan, seemingly possessed by a terrifying spirit, their world is thrown further into chaos.   

Written by Ashley Pharoah, the co-creator of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, The Living and the Dead is a chilling series with all the twists and turns to keep your heart rate up.   


Queen of the South 

Thursday, August 4

8.30pm on Showcase

MEET Teresa Mendoza; one woman you don't want to mess with.   

After her drug cartel boyfriend is brutally murdered, she is forced to flee Mexico.   

Settling in America, Teresa, played by Alice Braga (I am Legend), teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to take down the leader of the drug ring that wants her dead.   

She starts her own drug empire and becomes one of the wealthiest women in the country. But does money solve all problems? She quickly learns she can only rely on herself if she wants to stay one step ahead of others... and alive. Queen of the South is produced by David T Friendly, MA Fortin and Joshua John Miller and is based on the global best-selling novel La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Perez-Reverte.      


Eddie the Eagle

Available to rent from August 3 in Foxtel Store and Box Office 

WHO doesn't love an underdog?   

And when they're as unlikely and courageous as Michael "Eddie" Edwards, you can't help but barrack for him.    Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about a British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even when the rest of the world did.   

With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, played by Hugh Jackman, Eddie wins back the hearts of sports fans across the globe with a historic performance at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.   

From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.  

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