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.

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‘Emily in Paris’ has been on Netflix for more than a week now but it is still making a buzz around social media. The 10-episode series follows Emily (Lily Collins), an American woman from Chicago, Illinois who spontaneously moved to Paris, France for a job opportunity at a luxury marketing firm. Quickly labeled as the ignorant American who can’t speak French, Emily experienced culture clash problems, realising that American culture is different from the French culture. Will Emily make it in Paris with all the struggles of juggling her new life, career, new friendships, and love life? Go binge it now, if you haven’t yet.

This romantic comedy-drama series created by Darren Star is well-loved for its exquisite portrayal of the beauty of Paris and its people and fans are already craving for the second season.


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BLACKPINK in our area! Freshly-released Netflix documentary ‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ reveals the relatable, unfiltered sides of the foursome who continue to be a leading force in expanding K-pop’s popularity. The documentary will show fans, known as ‘Blinks,’ a softer side of Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa as they open up about their journey from teenage trainees to global girl power group with their never-before-seen moments. BLACKPINK have become a global phenomenon since their debut in South Korea four years ago and they have already collaborated with stars such as Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Dua Lipa. Some of their songs including ‘Kill This Love’, ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘How You Like That’ have over one billion hits on YouTube, proving that music knows no borders or language barriers.


SETTLE IN WITH A CUP OF TEA AND READ THIS:What to Watch Marhaba The Searcher Tana French

A gripping crime fiction is one thing that can keep you turning the pages late into the night. Good news is that acclaimed crime novelist Tana French is back with an ex-cop thriller – The Searcher. The story takes place in Western Ireland. Cal Hooper, divorced and recently retired from the Chicago Police Department, is the central character. Cal purchases a fixer upper in an Irish village – the kind of place where everyone knows everyone’s business. Cal peaceful retirement doesn’t last long as he gets dragged back into the crime-solving game.

Hardcover, audiobook and kindle versions of The Searcher are available on Amazon.com


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TOP CHOICESDo you love 90’s alt-rock revival sounds making a pop crossover? Beabadobee’s music does just that! Shortlisted this year for the Brits’ Rising Star Award (and longlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2020), Beabadoobee has been making waves ahead of the release of her debut album ‘Fake It Flowers.’  Beabadoobee, whose real name is Beatrice Laus, is a Filipino-born British singer-songwriter. This 20-year-old artist blurs the genre barrier between pop and rock music in fascinating ways, to the point of nostalgic mirage. The first two songs on the album, ‘Care’ and ‘Worth It,’ are both a breathless rush. You can listen to the new album here.


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