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Five things to watch this August – from 'The Resort' to the big return to Westeros

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A new month brings with it a roster of enticing new TV offerings. Those craving a summer of escapist TV will not be disappointed with August's line-up, which will transport you to everywhere from Mexico to the realms of your own subconscious.

This month sees another luxury hotel mystery in The Resort – a sharp, funny, whodunnit caper from the team behind Mr Robot and the time-loop love story Palm Springs. There is also season three of Mindy Kaling’s warm and witty high-school comedy Never Have I Ever and the TV iteration of the cult female baseball story A League of Their Own. August also sees the launch of two of the most hyped and eagerly awaited television events of the year; an ambitious adaptation of Neil Gaimon’s The Sandman and – three years after the end of Game of Thrones – we finally return to Westeros, for the big-budget prequel House of the Dragon.

Here's our essential watch list for the month ahead:

1. The Resort

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Capitalising on the current trend for high drama in five-star tropical hotels, The Resort arrives hot on the heels of other escape-from-paradise juggernauts: The White Lotus and Nine Perfect Strangers. Here, a couple celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary, Emma (Cristin Milioti) and Noah (William Jackson Harper) head to a luxury hotel in Mexico, only to become embroiled in a 15-year-old missing persons case. Part thriller, part comedy, it’s a twisting, compulsive watch with a smart script and some stellar performances from Milioti and Jackson Harper, whose recent turns in Palm Springs and Love Life respectively, have shown their megawatt star potential. Ultimately, The Resort may just prove the perfect summer holiday watch. Like a good beach read, it is entertaining, funny and unputdownable.

The Resort is streaming on NowTV from 29 July.

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2. Never Have I Ever

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Ever since its debut in 2020, Mindy Kaling’s high-school comedy has defied expectations. The first two seasons perfectly blended sharply observed coming-of-age growing pains with novel explorations of female sexuality, grief, anger and some wickedly weird comedy (John McEnroe as the narrator of a story about a teenage girl, anyone?) Everything about the show flipped high-school drama clichés on their head, including having a South Asian female lead, Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) whose culture and religion are dissected with as much interest as her crush on the hot guy at school, Paxton (Darren Barnet). Irreverent, warm and charming, if you haven’t watched, now is your chance to catch up.

Never Have I Ever Season 3 is streaming on Netflix from 12 August

3. House of the Dragon

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Once the Iron Throne was finally claimed in 2019, fans of Game of Thrones have been hankering for more. The idea of a prequel has, in fact, been teased long before the show came to an end, based on material within George R.R. Martin’s novel Fire and Blood, and thus we have House of the Dragon. The plot takes us 200 years before the events of GoT, focusing on the civil war within the Targaryen family known as ‘the dance of the dragons’ – which eventually sets in motion so many of the intricate details of the succession crisis in Game of Thrones. The cast, as ever, is riddled with impressive names, from Paddy Considine to Matt Smith, and promises to serve up the same winning concoction of shrewd politicking, mysticism, sword play and adventure. Expect a lot of blonde wigs and overflowing wine goblets.

House of the Dragon debuts on NowTV on 21 August

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4. A League of Their Own

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Photo credit: Anne Marie Fox

Based on the cult 1992 film of the same name, starring Tom Hanks and Madonna, A League of Their Own tells the true story of the formation of the All-American Girls Baseball League during World War II. The TV adaptation has been co-written by Broad City creator Abbi Jacobson (who also stars) and Jacobson’s singular humour is a hallmark of the show. The expanded series – which runs for eight one-hour episodes – aims to delve deeper into many of the overlooked real stories of these pioneering women; tackling especially queer storylines and the particular issues of the racism of the era. Perfect even for those who were not fans of the 1990s classic, this is a fresh and exciting take on a brilliant true story.

A League of their Own is streaming on Amazon Prime Video from 12 August.

5. The Sandman

Based on the cult comic book series by Neil Gaiman, whose previous works include Stardust and American Gods, this bold and ambitious series has been in development since 1991 and is now finally realised as one of Netflix’s tentpole productions of 2022. Winding and magical in scope, it tells the story of the King of Dreams (played by Tom Sturridge) known as The Sandman, who is fighting to restore order to the kingdom of dreams after an occult ritual held him captive for over a century. Creepy, exciting and boundlessly imaginative, The Sandman not only displays some of the most stunningly executed visual effects of any Netflix show, but also boasts an eye-watering cast, including Stephen Fry, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis and Gwendoline Christie, playing Lucifer.

The Sandman is streaming on Netflix from 5 August.

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