To stave off possible boredom while at home, every week Marhaba delves in to the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books and music.


The Boys are back in town! Well, on Amazon Prime anyway, as Season 2 of superhero hit show The Boys airs on 4 September. Amazon renewed the second series before the first series had even aired, so convinced were they of the show’s potential. And they were right. The Boys has been a huge success – it’s one of the most watched Amazon Original series – with fans loving how the show is faithfully bringing the comic books’ characters to life. Most of the cast will be returning, along with new addition super-powered supremacist Stormfront, gender-flipped from the comic book version. Patton Oswalt is also joining the cast, in an as-yet undisclosed role, possibly to be joined by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead, Supernatural). Get ready for a supe-r Friday!


After being delayed numerous times, Mulan is released on 4 September. The live-action remake of the 1998 animated classic centres around Disney character Mulan, a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her sick father from having to serve in the Imperial Army. The story is based on the Chinese folklore The Ballad of Mulan, where Mulan, masquerading as Hua Jun, fearlessly undergoes an epic journey, embracing her true potential and earning the respect of the nation – and her father. This Disney blockbuster will be available on streaming platform Disney+ and at Vox cinemas (to be confirmed).


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Richard Osman is a popular British TV presenter, the creator and co-host of the BBC One quiz show Pointless, as well as executive producer on several other shows. Osman has written a few books with fellow co-host Alexander Armstrong, based on facts on Pointless. He has now written his first novel, The Thursday Murder Club, out on 3 September. There is a tried-and-tested premise to the book: four friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. When a brutal killing takes place in their retirement village, the Thursday Murder Club face dealing with their first live case. Octogenarians Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron have to put their collective wits together to nab the killer before it’s too late. The book has been lauded by everyone from Harlan Coben to Val McDermid and Marion Keyes, due to its amusing take on the classic Agatha Christie-style whodunnit. It’s therefore no wonder that the rights to the book have already been secured by Steven Spielberg no less for a forthcoming movie.


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There has been a certain amount of confusion over the date of Lana Del Ray’s next album release, but it appears that it will be released on 5 September (probably). Chemtrails Over the Country Club is her seventh studio album, with the artist posting on social media footage of the video for the title track on 1 September, stating that the album is ‘coming soon’ – so maybe it won’t be 5 September after all! Also, track Let Me Love You will now officially precede the album release. Later this month (on the 29th), the singer will be releasing the book version of Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, her audiobook of 14 original poems set to music.

Author: Sarah Palmer

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