May streaming guide: Doctor Who, Let it Be Beatles biopic, roasts and a Hollywood scam

Doctor Who Season 1 Trailer

Source: Disney+

Doctor Who makes history this month, becoming the first season to launch on Disney+ and release simultaneously on the BBC worldwide.

It features Ncuti Gatwa, the first Black protagonist and the first person born outside of the UK to take on the iconic role.

We first met Gatwa, the 15th Doctor in the enduring franchise, and his companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in a one-off Christmas special, where he took over the TARDIS (a time-travelling ship shaped like a police box) in The Church On Ruby Road.

Marking 60 years, this episode, and two more will premiere on May 11.

“At last, it’s my great delight to unleash a whole new season of the Doctor and Ruby’s adventures together. Monsters! Chases! Villains! Mysteries!,” executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said.

Davies revealed ideas for the new series on the website for all Whovians, including the upcoming story, Space Babies.

“A new show needs a big hook. I thought of the babies on my first day at Bad Wolf Studios [where Doctor Who is made].

“The episode isn’t all about space babies. There are often three things going on in any Doctor Who. It’s a bit like plate spinning, keeping it all in motion.

“This has got space babies and a monster, so it’s a science-fiction story with mystery and suspense.

“But it’s also the personal story of Ruby finding out who she is and where she’s from – which will be the spine of this series … I don’t often give a companion so strong a story… but it’s all heading somewhere. Just you wait.”

Welcome to Wrexham: Season 3: Disney+: May 3

In 2020, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds teamed up to purchase the fifth-tier Wrexham Football Club in the hopes of creating an underdog story the whole world could support.

The world took notice and change is afoot.

After 15 painful seasons in the National League, the club finally achieved promotion back into the English Football League.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Stan: May 2

Adapted from the best-selling novel by New Zealand author Heather Morris and starring Harvey Keitel and Melanie Lynskey, this original series follows Lale (Jonah Hauer-King), a Slovakian Jew who is made one of the Tätowierer (tattooists), charged to ink identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms who falls in love with Gita (Anna Próchniak) when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm.

The Beatles Let It Be official trailer

Source: Disney+

Let it Be: Disney+: May 8

First released in May 1970 amid The Beatles’ breakup, Let It Be now takes its place in the band’s history.

This film contains footage not featured in Peter Jackson’s multiple Emmy Award-winning docu-series, The Beatles: Get Back (released on Disney+ in 2021).

A Man in Full: Netflix: May 2

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) returns to our screens to play Atlanta real estate mogul Charlie Croker, who faces sudden bankruptcy.

The Idea of You: Prime Video: May 2

This film centres on Solène (Anne Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mother who falls for 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet.

The Roast of Tom Brady: Netflix: May 5

Kevin Hart hosts The Greatest Roast of All Time, and this time it stars Brady, the NFL quarterback who played his first 20 seasons at New England Patriots.

The roast will be the first ever roast telecast live, unedited from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

Hollywood Con Queen: Apple TV+: May 8

A three-part documentary series from Emmy-winning filmmaker Chris Smith (Tiger King, Fyre, 100 Foot Wave) based on the original reporting of investigative journalist Scott Johnson’s Hollywood Con Queen: The Hunt for an Evil Genius.

It explores the story behind one of Hollywood’s biggest scams, and a female who impersonates the industry’s most powerful women, luring unsuspecting victims to Indonesia with the promise of a life-changing career opportunity.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton. Photo: Netflix

Bridgerton (Season 3): Netflix: May 16

Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novel, eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. This season, it’s all about Polin, as Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton’s will-they-won’t-they relationship comes into sharp focus.

Hacks: Stan: May 3

A new season with double episodes every week, the critically acclaimed comedy sees Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder reprise their roles as a Las Vegas comedian, and Ava (Einbinder), an entitled, outcast aspiring to be a writer.

Dark Matter: Apple TV+: May 8

Australian actor Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly star in this nine-part series which follows Jason Dessen, a physicist, professor and family man who – one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago – is abducted into an alternate version of his life.

The Blue Angels: Prime Video: May 23

A documentary showcasing a year with the US Navy’s elite Flight Demonstration Squadron, produced by JJ Abrams and Top Gun: Maverick‘s Glen Powell.

Renee Gracie: Fireproof: Stan: May 26

A documentary about Renee Gracie, the first Australian woman to compete full-time in Supercars in 14 years, who attempts to re-enter V8 racing since retiring from the sport in 2017.

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