Anyone else in desperate need of new shows to watch during these trying times? Thought so. Thank goodness Pamela Connellan’s latest round-up of the best treats for your eyeballs is right here.

The 2021 Olympics are on right now and yes, they’re going to be different to other years but that doesn’t mean we won’t be glued to our television screens. In good news, Tokyo is only one hour behind Australia’s East Coast time zones and just two hours ahead of the West Coast so this makes these Olympics ideal viewing for Australians.

As well, the experts are saying this could be a great Olympics for Australia because we could possibly pick up our highest medal tally since 2008.

Channel 7 has exclusive broadcasting rights and coverage will be spread across three of the network’s channels – channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate. It will also be streamed online via 7plus and the network will host a 24/7 live stream covering all the games and commentary around the clock. Thankfully, all of these services are free.

If you don’t have free-to-air, 7plus can be accessed via an app on AppleTV or Chromecast from a laptop. 7plus will require a login that just takes an email address and a few personal details. Channel 7’s coverage will start every weekday at 5:30am and 6am on weekends, finishing after midnight AEST.

When do the Paralympics start?

The Paralympics will kick off just over two weeks after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Channel 7 is also hosting these Games and will be showing them across the network as well as online. The Paralympics Opening Ceremony is set to start on August 24th and will close two weeks later on September 5th.

You can watch the 2021 Olympic Games on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate plus the events will be all be streamed live online.

Watch Ted Lasso on Apple TV – rating at Number Three across Australia

Ted Lasso is a comedy TV series which scored 20 Emmy nominations this year and right now, it’s rating as the third most popular TV series in Australia by JustWatch.

Critics are saying the series star, Jason Sudeikis, is very good along with his co-stars Hannah Waddington, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein.

Created by Bill Lawrence who also produced Scrubs, the plot revolves around an unflappable American football coach named Ted Lasso (played by Sudeikis).

Ted is summoned to London to coach a Premier League soccer team and yet, he’s set up to fail in every possible way. Although no one appreciates him, particularly the club’s owner, Rebecca (played by Hannah Waddington), Ted responds with consideration and kindness all the time.

Somehow, his optimism and enthusiasm are contagious, even to the gruff Richmond captain, Roy Kent, (played by Brett Goldstein).

All in all, this is a feel-good comedy and is proving to be irresistible to audiences the world over. The first season is streaming now on Apple TV and the second season streams on Friday July 23rd on Apple TV+ with 12 half-hour episodes released weekly on the streaming service.

Watch the first and second seasons of Ted Lasso on Apple TV now

There’s a new movie about the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin – out soon

Called Respect, the new movie traces the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from when she was a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her heady days of international superstardom. Respect is the remarkable true story of this well-known and loved music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Music legends don’t get much greater Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Hudson is the actor who plays the role of Aretha in this new musical biopic. This must have been a daunting task but as an Oscar winner, Hudson is well-equipped to take on the role. Recently, Hudson told Entertainment Weekly that she’d been handpicked for the part by Franklin herself:

“I know that Aretha was adamant that [her life] be a film. If it’s not a film, it’s nothing. I’m just honoured that she picked me to play her. I mean, who can say that? And again, I would have never done it without her wishes,” said Hudson.

Directed by Liesl Tommy and written by Tracey Scott Wilson, Respect is produced by Scott Bernstein and Harvey Mason Jr.

Respect will be in Australian cinemas by August 19th…

The highly-anticipated third season of Succession will be streaming on Foxtel and Binge later this year

Award-winning drama series Succession will return for a third season in the Australian spring. The first teaser trailer is here and the season looks set to be an all-out war.

Ambushed by his rebellious son, Kendall, at the end of season two, Logan Roy begins season three in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

Set in New York, the bitingly funny, critically acclaimed drama series Succession explores themes of power, politics, money, and family, centred around the Roy family and their family-controlled media conglomerate. Joining the already impressive ensemble cast for season three are Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies).

Season 3 of Succession will premiere in spring of 2021 and all episodes of the first two seasons are now streaming on Binge

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Keeping Cooking Simple is streaming now on Stream from the Opera House

It’s hard to remember what we used to cook before Yotam Ottolenghi burst into our culinary consciousness. From his introduction of bold new flavours and ingredients, to his consistent foregrounding of vegetables in his meals, Ottolenghi’s books continue to excite and inspire food-lovers everywhere.

Spend an hour with Yotam Ottolenghi and Adam Liaw, as they discuss what makes a recipe simple, cooking for fussy children and how Ottolenghi’s books saved the humble cauliflower. This is an amazing talk and lasts for 55 minutes – all recorded live at the Sydney Opera House back when Ottolenghi visited in January 2019.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Keeping Cooking Simple is streaming now on the Opera House’s free channel, Stream, or on YouTube…

What’s My Marion’s Kitchen Channel All About?

On her YouTube channel, Marion Grasby says she’s a little bit Thai (courtesy of her mum) and as you might be able to tell from her accent…a little bit Australian (courtesy of her dad).

Marion continues, saying she’s a food producer, television presenter and cookbook author who lives in Bangkok and travels all around Asia to find the most amazing recipes, dishes and ingredients to share with everyone on YouTube. She posts new recipes at least three times per week.

So, on Marion’s channel, you’ll find recipes from all over Asia. From spicy Thai noodles to soup dumplings and Chinese fried rice. There are Thai noodle soups, Asian beef burgers, Japanese noodle soups and more. To find out more, take a look at her YouTube channel – Marion’s Kitchen.

You can join in with Marion’s Kitchen here – along with her other 1.38 million subscribers on YouTube…

This article originally appeared on Over60.