You wait around for a new documentary from a massive pop star, and then two arrive in the same week!
On Disney+, Olivia Rodrigo is giving us a vibrant snapshot of a 19-year old star firmly behind the wheel of her own career.
Meanwhile, on Amazon Prime, Lizzo aims to give dancers who don’t fit the typical stereotype their big break.
Plus, an intriguing psychological French mystery, and a snazzy new Netflix gameshow featuring some of the best bakers in the world!
Read on for a full set of streaming highlights!
If Squid Game has whetted your appetite for Korean drama then… here’s something completely different.
Pachinko does take its name from a popular game, but this epic family saga based on Min Jin Lee’s best-seller of the same name is more Gone With The Wind than The Hunger Games.
It traces the highs and lows experienced by Sunja (Youn Yuh-jung) as she strives to create a better life for her family, even if that means leaving her homeland and starting with nothing in America, cast once more here as the land of dreams.
Or is that nightmares?
Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u
Given that the teenage Rodrigo’s breakout global smash hit was called Driver’s Licence, it makes sense that a background documentary charting the creation of debut album Sour and her rise to fame would take the form of a road movie.
Thankfully there’s no cruising past the homes of exes here – instead there are new versions of Sour songs, relaxed interviews and a snapshot of a 19-year old star firmly behind the wheel of her own career.
That’s inside as in inside a psychiatric hospital rather than inside a prison, though the parallels are clear in this intriguing six-part French murder mystery.
Noémie Schmidt, who enjoyed the odd romp or two as Henrietta of England in sexed up period drama Versailles, is in rather more sombre mood here as Angéle, a young police detective on a mission to unmask the killer of Ana, a patient brutally stabbed the day before she was due to be released.
Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls
Larger than life is a good way to describe Lizzo and the Good As Hell star brings a megapack of energy to this reality contest designed to give dancers who don’t fit the typical stereotype their big break.
Amazon Prime has another barrier-busting release with No Woman No Try, a doc that celebrates the role women’s rugby is playing in breaking down who can and can’t make it to the top in elite sport.
Both available Friday.
Is It Cake?
When is cake not a cake? When it’s a bowling ball, or a shoe, or a stack of paper cups. Except then it’s a cake as well. Or is it?
OK, enough with the gateaux of confusion, this crackpot confection of a cooking contest challenges bakers to make cakes that look unerringly like everyday objects: and the results are extraordinary.
Hosted by comedian Mikey Day, a man who really shouldn’t be left home alone with a cake slice, it’s like Bake Off wandered out of the tent and found a field of magic mushrooms.