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


The much-loved Animaniacs, a Steven Spielberg-produced 1990s animated series gets a Hulu reboot. New episodes will showcase an updated version of the animated series featuring a trio of wacky characters causing mayhem on the Warner Bros. studio lot. Returning characters including Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, as well as Pinky and the Brain, all voiced by the original actors. Also returning from the original series are the show’s Emmy-winning composers Steve and Julie Bernstein. The reboot will bring 13 new episodes this month and a second season sometime in 2021.


What’s better than one new Steve McQueen-directed film? How about five of them. All these will be featured on the film anthology Small Axe debuting on Prime Video this weekend.  The 12 Years a Slave director’s most ambitious project yet (co-produced by Amazon and the BBC) depicts five different stories taking place in London’s West Indian community during various points in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Stars include Letitia Wright and John Boyega. McQueen directed and co-wrote all five films and they will arrive one film per week on consecutive Fridays. Several have already received outstanding reviews from festival screenings, and they rank among 2020’s best films.

The five films included are: Mangrove, 20 November, Lovers Rock 27 November, Education, 4 December, Alex Wheatle, 11 December and Red, White and Blue, 18 December.


The most awaited release of this month! A Promised Land by Barack Obama is applauded What to Watch Marhaba Qatarworld-wide within a few hours of the launch for its extra-ordinarily stirring presidential memoirs.

‘Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.’

The book is available on Amazon in Kindle, Audiobook, Hard-cover and Paperback versions. 


WTWRLTKorean pop group BTS is blessing fans in 2020 with not just one but two new albums! The group’s management agency, BigHit Entertainment, announced on Twitter that ‘BE’ will be released 20 November. BTS, which stands for Beyond the Scene, released their first album of the year, ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ in February. Their first full-English song “Dynamite” released in August broke the YouTube record for most views in a 24-hour period, racking up 101.1 million views.



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