May we tempt you? The biggest shows to watch OnDemand this month
From a new Bachelorette to homegrown comedy legends and George Clooney’s Catch-22, we have your May viewing sorted!
What? Set behind the scenes of an ordinary Kiwi secondary school, this unscripted comedy series follows the hopelessly and hilariously inept people in charge of educating the next generation. They have no grasp of the curriculum, no knowledge of how to follow a timetable, and no idea how to complete the homework they set.
Why? Watch Kiwi comedy legends at their funniest in this awkwardly hilarious workplace comedy. Once you've seen these hapless educators at work, you won’t be able to look away!
Who? This cast list is a who’s who of NZ comedy including Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows), Jackie van Beek (The Breaker Upperers), Kura Forrester (The Adventures of Suzy Boon), Cohen Holloway (Fresh Eggs) and Tom Sainsbury (Stake Out).
When? Premieres Wednesday 8 May at 12pm, with two episodes released weekly.
What? Based on Joseph Heller’s satirical 1961 novel, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable Captain John Yossarian – a U.S. Air Force bombardier in Italy during World War II. He’s furious that thousands of people he’s never met are trying to kill him. Yossarian tries many ways to leave the army - including claiming insanity - but is blocked by a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule called Catch-22.
Why? This is one of the most hotly-anticipated shows of 2019, thanks mostly to George Clooney who produces, directs and stars. This high-calibre series, which expertly mixes satire with drama, will not disappoint!
Who? It’s not just all about George! The series also stars Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Christopher Abbott (Girls).
When? Full season available Saturday 18 May at 7pm.
What? Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999, but he has always maintained his innocence. Now filmmaker Amy Berg re-examines the case brought to global attention by the popular podcast Serial.
Why? As well as re-telling Syed’s story for newcomers, The Case Against Adnan Syed opens its own investigation into the case, uncovering new evidence and following Adnan as he navigates the appeal process, ultimately aiming for a re-trial. Think you know everything about the case? Think again.
Who? The series is made by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg, who has already tackled weighty topics in her documentaries West of Memphis and Prophet’s Prey.
When? Full season available now
For fans of Leaving Neverland, Making a Murderer, The Jinx.
What? When teenage twins Holly and Dylan go missing in the small coastal town of Morecambe, DS Lisa Armstrong is appointed family liaison officer on the investigation. But the case becomes complicated when Lisa realises she has a personal connection to the family.
Why? It will have you hooked from the very first episode! It has been hailed by The Guardian as the next Broadchurch. “It’s perfect,” says reviewer Lucy Mangan. “I was entirely sold.”
Who? Morven Christie plays the complicated Lisa, an actor you might remember from popular British dramas like The Replacement, Grantchester and The A Word. The series also stars Robin Hood and Ripper Street star Jonas Armstrong.
When? Full season available Wednesday 1 May at 8.30pm.
For fans of Broadchurch, Manhunt, The Missing.
What? The survivor of a disastrous circus event in the 1980s attempts to uncover who may have fed a performing poodle to three lions on the day they escaped into a crowded lakefront in Rotorua.
Why? It’s true crime, with a Kiwi twist! This cracking Kiwi yarn will make you realise that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Who? Kent Briggs is the host and lead investigator in this incredible case. He was there at the Whirling Brothers circus with his brother Gareth on the day the lions escaped, and the question of who killed Lucy the performing poodle has consumed him for 30 years.
When? Full season available Tuesday 21 May.
What? From the outside, florist Marina Lavrova’s life seems ordinary. She runs a successful small business and is a mother of two, with another on the way. But dark secrets lurk beneath this façade… What Marina’s family don’t know is that she runs a clandestine network of prostitutes using her mobile phone and a WhatsApp group.
Why? You’ve seen the likes of Walter White and Tony Soprano mastermind their way to success using far from legal methods, and now it’s Marina’s turn. It’s the kind of show where you leave your morality at the door and revel in Marina’s attempts to balance her normal life with her totally extraordinary (and much darker) side gig.
Who? Russian actress Anna Mikhalkova has been described as “breathtaking” as Marina.
When? Full season available now.
For fans of Breaking Bad, Flack.
What? The hugely popular US franchise is back for a 15th season! Will new Bachelorette Hannah B find the one after being dumped by The Bachelor Colton Underwood?
Why? If you saw Colton’s season of The Bachelor this is a must-watch! Hannah B was chosen because there was something different about her compared to past Bachelorettes. Her “charming and goofy” personality will surely make this a season to remember.
Who? We already know a little bit about Hannah B thanks to her appearance in The Bachelor. Find out more about her here!
When? The new season premieres on Tuesday 7 May with a reunion special, with Hannah B’s first episode as Bachelorette airing a week later on Tuesday 14 May.