July heats up with the national premieres of three series and a stand-up comedy special from Australia, plus a couple of dramas added to streaming services
For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.
Programs and dates are subject to change without prior notice.
Videos below may contain content that is not suitable for everyone.
Inspired by true events, this six-part drama centers on four strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert: an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat running out of time to contain a national scandal.
The series stars Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Asher Keddie (Offspring), Fayssal Bazzi (Mr Inbetween), Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home), Dominic West (The Affair), Jai Courtney (Felony), Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Kate Box (Rake), Clarence Ryan (Wanted), Claude Jabbour (Fat Tony & Co), Rose Riley (Back to the Rafters), Darren Gilshenan (Harrow), and two-time Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine).
Stateless, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on Wednesday, July 8, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.)
Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser (AU)
Actress and comedienne Urzila Carlson keeps the laughs coming with thoughts on The Biggest Loser, sex tapes, and boxed wine in a stand-up special from Melbourne, Australia.
(Video is from 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival)
Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser, a Netflix Comedy Special, premieres in the US on Tuesday, July 14, exclusively on Netflix. (You can add it to your queue now.)
The Secrets She Keeps (AU)
Based on the acclaimed novel by Michael Robotham, this six-part noir thriller follows two women — both the same age, both heavily pregnant and due at the same time — who have a chance encounter in a supermarket in an affluent Sydney suburb.
Meghan (Jessica De Gouw, The Crown, Arrow, Vienna Blood) is an upwardly mobile social media influencer married to TV sports reporter Jack (Michael Dorman, Patriot), while Agatha (Laura Carmichael, Downton Abbey, Marcella, The Spanish Princess) struggles to get by in a low-wage supermarket job without any spousal support from Hayden (Michael Sheasby, A Place to Call Home), a sailor on active duty and the father of her child. Both women have secrets that gradually emerge as their lives collide, and both will risk everything to conceal the truth.
Featuring Ryan Corr (Bloom), Cariba Heine (H2O: Just Add Water), and Elizabeth Alexander (All Saints), The Secrets She Keeps premieres in the US on Thursday, July 16, on Sundance Now and its digital channels, including Sundance Now on Amazon Channels.
Set in 1989, this Australian-British comedy series follows Sammy Cooper (series creator, writer, and producer Sarah Kendall, Beehive), a wealthy London housewife who is forced to return to her hometown in Newcastle, Australia, after the death of her husband. In going home, she must revisit her past and the events that led her to flee as a teenager years ago.
Featuring Kerry Armstrong (Bed of Roses), Ben Mingay (Packed to the Rafters), Diane Morgan (After Life), Matt Passmore (McLeod’s Daughters), and Robert Webb (Peep Show), Frayed premieres in the US on Thursday, July 30, on HBO Max.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Seasons 1-3 (AU)
Craig McLachlan (Deep Water) stars in this popular period mystery drama as Dr. Lucien Blake, who, after a 30-year absence, returns to Ballarat in the 1950s to take over his deceased father’s medical practice as well as his role as the town’s police surgeon, and becomes a crime solver in the process.
(Trailer is for Season 3)
Costarring Nadine Garner (City Homicide), Charlie Cousins (The Mystery of a Hansom Cab), Joel Tobeck (This Is Not My Life), and Belinda McClory (Blue Heelers), Doctor Blake Mysteries: Seasons 1-3 begins streaming Friday, July 10, on BritBox and its digital channels, including BritBox on Amazon Channels.
McLeod’s Daughters: Series 3 (AU)
This 2005 Logie Awards winner for Most Popular Australian Drama follows Claire McLeod (Lisa Chappell, City Life) and her half-sister Tess (Bridie Carter, 800 Words), who reunite after they inherit a vast cattle property in the Australian bush. The two pull together an all-female workforce and, with an abundance of heart and humor, commit to an extraordinary life at Drovers Run, a patch of land the size of a small country.
Costarring Jessica Napier (Rescue Special Ops), Rachael Carpani (800 Words), Aaron Jeffery (Janet King), Myles Pollard (Underbelly), and Sonia Todd (Rake), and guest-starring Rodger Corser (The Heart Guy), McLeod’s Daughters: Series 3 begins streaming Monday, July 13, on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon Channels.
Did you miss any of the new shows from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Down Under TV Viewing Guide and Archives to find out.
For details about the July premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.
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