July Previews: Netflix and Amazon

Ahead of streaming releases this month, ASFF selects a range of shows that delve into sports, crime and witchcraft.

Sacred Games (Netflix)

Say what you like about Netflix, but the streaming giant knows exactly how to ensnare viewers from around the globe. This Indian series looks set to lure in viewers from the subcontinent – and anyone else looking for an Asian answer to The Sopranos. Based on the Vikram Chandra novel, and directed by Anurag Kashyap, it’s an epic underworld yarn starring Saif Ali Khan as a rebellious Mumbai cop out to take down a crime lord, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Good Girls (Netflix)

It’s been a good year for women who like to rob. Already we have seen Ocean’s 8 and soon Steve McQueen’s Widows will be upon us. In between, this ten-episode comedy-drama arrives, as three Detroit housewives struggling to make ends meet set out to rob a supermarket, only to face unexpected consequences. Created by Jenna Bans, the show stars Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, Parks and Recreation’s Retta and Mae Whitman, who honed her comedy skills on Arrested Development.

Eat. Race. Win (Amazon)

Cycling has endured a rough ride after years of doping allegations. But this unusual behind-the-scenes look at the Tour de France is a way of rescuing the sport’s damaged reputation. The documentary follows Hannah Grant, a nutritional chef known as the ‘queen of performance cooking’ as she prepares to feed Australia’s Orica-Scott pro-cycling team, alongside sporting director Matthew White. With diet being analysed as a means to success or failure, you’ll never look at carbs and protein the same way again.

Preacher (Amazon)

Now in its third season, Preacher returns with another ten-episode run. Based on the Vertigo Comics series, British star Dominic Cooper is back in arguably his most successful role to date, as Jesse Custer, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking small-town preacher with a criminal past and a very useful superpower to control others. As Season 3 starts, Jesse heads to his hometown where he meets his grandmother – a witch, no less – and a host of enemies.

James Mottram

All shows available from July onwards. For more details, visit: www.netflix.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

Credits:
1. Still from Good Girls.
2. Radhike Apte in Sacred Games.
3. Christina Hendricks in Good Girls.
4. Hannah Grant. Courtesy of Guardian.
5. Ruth Negga in Preacher.