The First #RebeccaRecommends of September!
This week, the line-up for Leeds & Reading Festival sparked controversy and Soccer Aid returned for its annual celeb-filled football match. Here's what I have been loving in the last seven days:
All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur
As someone who has a soft spot for Spurs, I have eagerly been waiting for this sports documentary series to be released. Similar to the 2017 series 'All or Nothing: Manchester City', this new collection of episodes focuses on the 2019-20 season of London football club Tottenham Hotspur, opening with the sacking of beloved manager Mauricio Pochettino and appointment of José Mourinho. It also follows the team's attempt to reach Champions League qualification which was ultimately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While viewers aren't given a true insight into the player's personalities and Pochettino's viewpoint of his dismissal, Mourinho's charisma and presentation of his working methods make the series a really compelling watch and an improvement on the Manchester City edition. Currently, six episodes are available to watch, with another 3 being released next Monday (14th September). You can watch All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur on Amazon Prime.
I know that I am almost four years behind the times but I have finally jumped on the bandwagon for Netflix's award-winning historical drama. Just like the title would suggest, this series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with her marriage to Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947. In the show's first two seasons, English acting pals Claire Foy and Matt Smith star as the titular characters, with their stellar performances earning them both Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In the third season, Foy and Smith are replaced by the immensely-talented Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies, and the show covers 1964 to 1977, closing with the Queen's Silver Jubilee. With only a two month wait till The Crown's fourth season is to be released on the streaming platform, there is plenty to enjoy if you are an avid fan of the British Royal Family or are interested in a deeper understanding of our Queen's history. You can watch The Crown on Netflix.
CTV3 - Jaden
Pinkett-Smith protege Jaden returned to the music scene with his brand new album CTV3 in late August and has proven that he is just as brilliant as his famous father. The hip-hop and R&B collection experiments with genres and nostalgia to create a collection of feel-good and eclectic music that is his best production yet. His collaboration with close friend and pop star Justin Bieber ('Falling for You') is superb, using influences from psychedelic pop-rock to construct a chilled track that tells a twisted tale of young love. Other popular tracks include lead single 'Cabin Fever' which is a moment of life imitating art being released during a global pandemic. It's very much a different exploration of music compared to his last two albums but illustrates Smith's versatility as an artist, as well as his talent for songwriting. You can listen to CTV3 on Apple Music and Spotify.