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Physical stars Rose Byrne sporting a splendid 80s perm and lycra, in this new dark comedy airing on Apple TV+ from 18 June. Sheila (Byrne) is a disillusioned housewife living in California – on the outside, she is the epitome of domestic bliss; inside, she is full of self-hatred and loathing. She really isn’t that nice to herself or others. And then she discovers aerobics and builds herself an empire making fitness videos, simultaneously supporting her husband’s political career. Coming from the creator of Desperate Housewives, we can expect a lot of humour, twists and turns.


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Based on the novel Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matthew Logelin, Kevin Hart stars in Fatherhood, new to Netflix from 18 June and in time for the Father’s Day weekend. The dramedy sees comedian Hart in a more dramatic role than he is known for. He plays Matt, who will do whatever he needs to do to raise his daughter after the death of his wife. The film follows the highs and lows of parenting and tackling life’s obstacles – however, Matt is determined to be the best father ever. While Hart injects some hilarity into the movie, Fatherhood is a very relatable story of what it takes to be a parent.


SETTLE IN WITH A CUP OF TEA AND READ THIS:

The long-awaited follow-up to The Silent Patient, the debut novel by Cypriot London-based author Alex Michaelides is released on 15 June. The Maidens is a taut thriller-mystery stuffed full of red herrings and Greek mythology. Troubled group therapist, Mariana Andros, absolutely certain that Edward Fosca is a murderer. Edward is a likable Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, especially beloved by The Maidens, a secret society of female students. Mariana’s obsession with the group starts when a member and friend of Mariana’s niece is murdered in Cambridge. However, with the discovery of another body, her obsession with Edward spirals out of control.


CRANK UP THE VOLUME FOR THIS:

BTS, THE BEST is exactly what is says. Out on 16 June, the album is the third Japanese-language offering from the South Korean band. It contains all of the previous Japanese releases since 2017, alongside a bonus track in English, the Grammy-nominated 2020 hit Dynamite. There are a whopping seven versions of the album for the diehard fan to collect, featuring different posters, photo cards and artwork.


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Author: Sarah Palmer

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