LIFE & FAMILY
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TV & FILM
The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes Netflix
The whole Marilyn Monroe mystery has always interested me – whether she was bumped off because of her liaisons with JFK, who was behind it, and the rest. Another old journalist was obviously still wanting to get to the bottom of it, as he decided to revisit people he’d interviewed in the 80s to see if they were more willing to talk. We hear from the people themselves first hand – at least, those who were willing to talk.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman Netflix
After these investigations, things still don’t seem exactly clear, but there’s a better picture of what happened that fateful night, and what happened leading up to it – and it’s an insight into Marilyn’s life I hadn’t known before. Worth a watch! I see there’s a new Netflix movie on her too, Blonde ; who knows which angle that will take? Rebecca Bisset
I can’t say that I’ve watched many episodes of Late Night with David Letterman . But I can say that I’m enjoying My Next Guest Needs No Introduction , a talk show made for and streaming on Netflix. Letterman interviews guests in a conversational style, reminiscent of how a biography would look if it was turned into TV. The setting could be in the studio or on location. Some places viewers are taken to include Mumbai (with Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan), Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford (with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai) and Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (during a horse ride with palaeontologist/geologist Christa Sadler). Season 1 in 2018 opened with a sit-down with Barack Obama – his first interview since leaving office; Season 4 premiered this May with six episodes, and guests including Billie Eilish, Kevin Durant and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. My absolute favourite episode is the Season 1 bonus, titled You’re Dave Letterman, You Idiot . This line is uttered by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who’s the guest. The two greats talk about the progression of their careers, the state of stand-up comedy as well as the memories they’ve had of each other through the years. Patricea Chow
Hospital Playlist Netflix
This Korean drama series follows five best friends who met in medical school and who get the opportunity to work in the same hospital. On the side, they also play in a band together, with comical outcomes at times.
Each episode is equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, as they navigate their personal lives while doing their best for the patients who come with their own stories. Cindy Lau
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