Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


New to Apple TV+ on 30 April is The Mosquito Coast, a family drama loosely based on the book of the same name by Paul Theroux. The lead character Allie Fox is played by the writer’s nephew, Justin Theroux, who finds himself increasingly jaded with the American Dream. Concerns with overconsumption, disposable technology and exploited workers have already led Allie to living mostly off-grid in California. However, criminal charges from his past now force the Fox family to relocate to Mexico. The show is beautifully shot and features a strong performance from Theroux as the father who will do anything to protect his family.


Tom Clancy fans, rejoice! Without Remorse, originally set for theatrical release by Paramount Pictures in September 2020, will now be released on Prime Video on 30 April. The movie is the origin story of John Clark, a popular character from the Jack Ryan universe (he is renamed John Kelly for the movie, subsequently changing his identity to Clark). Kelly (Michael B Jordan) leads a mission to rescue a CIA operative from Russian military forces. And his pregnant wife and family are murdered three months later in an apparent retaliation. Joining up with Lt Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith), and CIA officer Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell), Kelly uncovers an international conspiracy that threatens to spark a war between the US and Russia. However, he needs to trust his instincts and bring the fight to his enemies – without remorse.


What to Watch, Read and Listen toSomething to enjoy with a cup of tea is one of the many feel-good recipes by domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. Her latest book offering is Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories, a no-nonsense collection of her favourite comfort foods and childhood memories, and based on the BBC series.

The book was started before the beginning of the pandemic, leading Lawson to rethink much of the content while in lockdown at home. As a result, a chapter on dinner parties with friends had to go, replaced with recipes that could be adapted for a family of four or those eating solo. It made Lawson reconnect with her love of cooking and eating: ‘Food, for me, is a constant pleasure: I like to think greedily about it, reflect deeply on it, learn from it; it provides comfort, inspiration, meaning and beauty, as well as sustenance and structure. More than just a mantra, ‘cook, eat, repeat’ is the story of my life.’ And with an entire chapter dedicated to eating guilty pleasures, we couldn’t agree more.


Royal Blood blasted on to the scene in 2014, winning awards left, right and centre. The duo is now back with third studio album Typhoons, released on 30 April. While their usual sound is still there, there has been a subtle shift in the duo’s musical direction. The alt-rock has been joined by dance-rock and disco, giving a somewhat more ‘danceable’ feel to the album. Fun fact: Lead single Trouble’s Coming was released way back in September 2020, and included in the soundtrack for the FIFA 21 and NHL 21 games.

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Author: Sarah Palmer

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