- I May Destroy You continues
Box sets and binge watching have highlighted how much brilliant TV there currently is but this series, written, co-directed and starring Michaela Coel has actually benefitted from a dripfeed release of 2 30-minute episodes per week. Give it a chance because we really weren’t sure about it until episodes 5 and 6 (aired in the UK Monday 22/6 and Tuesday 23/6/20) which drew on some rather complicated strands and pulled them tight to devastating effect. There’s 6 episodes to go and all are aired on the next 3 Mondays and Tuesdays on BBC1 and available at BBC iPlayer. We should’ve known it would be good because we last saw Coel dancing on stage at one of our favourite gigs.
- Read on for reasons including new Rufus and The Streets albums and the return of Like 1999
2. New Rufus Wainwright LP
Rufus’ 10th studio album is called Unfollow The Rules and is released 10/7/20. We’ve heard 5 of its 12 tracks and it’s a pleasure to have him back making pop music after detours with opera and Shakespeare’s sonnets. Covid-19 permitting, he begins a 24-date European tour at which we hope to see him at London’s Palladium this Autumn. Tickets
3. Cinemas reopen in time for Tenet
Anyone for Tenet? Our local Picturehouse emailed us last week to say it was hoping to re-open from 10/7 and we’ve fingers crossed it will be in time for Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet whose release keeps shifting but could be July or August.
4. Like 1999 blog
Named after a Prince classic (watch above), the biggest compliment we can pay this hibernating but now returning blog is that it is where we first read about now monstagigz favourites like Christine and the Queens, Lizzo and Rina Sawayama.
5. BAFTAs awarded
Read our shortlist of the best TV of the last six months. In the absence of theatre, gigs and cinema during lockdown, TV has proved a welcome escape and it hasn’t let us down. BAFTA’s annual TV awards show has been postponed to 31/7 and features some treasures including Sex Education (Netflix), The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor (Netflix), Channel 4’s Brexit: The Uncivil War by James Graham, Jodie Comer in Killing Eve, monsta winner Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth Is Missing (BBC1), Derry Girls (Channel 4) and Fleabag (BBC Three).
6. The Streets return
Mike Skinner’s rap band return with their first original album for 9 years called None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Alive on 10/7/20. Tickets
7. Eurovision Again goes monthly
Starting in March, we’ve been treated to 15 Eurovision rewatches at 8pm on Saturday nights and voting results which have seen victories for Carola, Verka and Ani Lorak’s Shady Lady. Its rapid rise in popularity has been a joy to watch and the decision to now go monthly on the third Saturday (so join them next on 18/7/20) feels like the right one.
8. Catch #BridgeDream
The #NationalTheatreAtHome initiative has proved that theatre can think on its feet when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, see also the Old Vic’s In Camera performances of Lungs. The Bridge Theatre production of this Shakespeare classic is actually well-suited to the restrictions of film and there’s so many reasons why it won our Best Revival monsta last year.
9. Second Cherry ripens
We voted for this podcast in the British Podcast Awards and you can do so here until 6/7/20. Hosts Matt and Monty guide you through one national final a week picking their favourite song which didn’t win to represent that country. They’re bigger Eurovision fans than us and Second Cherry never fails to pick a classic you might have missed (see above for a Finnish cherry with a little added Saara Aalto).