Your lockdown guide: what to watch, cook and read while you must stay at home

The Voice is on Prime 7, with judges Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian. Picture: Network Seven.
The Voice is on Prime 7, with judges Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian. Picture: Network Seven.

As much of the east coast of Australia heads into another (or their first) weekend of lockdown with many more days of being at home ahead - here are some things to watch, stream, read and cook to help pass the time.

Television

The Voice

Jessica Mauboy knows what it's like to be judged for her talent, having been runner-up to Damien Leith on Australia Idol in 2006. Now she gets to sit on the other side of the stage as a coach on the new season of The Voice. She spoke with Vickii Byram about what's going to make her turn her big red chair on the talent show.

Canberra's Hamilah Kyrigos - Nick's older sister - will be on the show on Sunday evening as she competes in the blind auditions.

  • The Voice is on Prime7, Sunday at 7pm, and Monday to Tuesday, 7.30pm

Rosehaven

After five seasons, the quirky and much-loved ABC comedy Rosehaven is coming to an end. Season five premiered on August 4 (you can catch up on iView) and in eight episodes, Emma and Daniel, and the eclectic residents of Rosehaven will be no more.

Celia Pacquola is going to miss Rosehaven and her character of Emma. She's packing her prized collection of cardigans into a little suitcase and leaving the idyllic Tasmanian town which has been home since 2016. She spoke to Karen Hardy about why she's ready to say goodbye.

  • Rosehaven premieres on ABC on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The Block

The Block's 17th season, Fans v Faves, is back for all those renovation lovers. Picture: Channel Nine

The Block's 17th season, Fans v Faves, is back for all those renovation lovers. Picture: Channel Nine

The Block is back on our screens with season 17 - The Block: Fans v Faves. The location for this year's build is a traditional Australian cul-de-sac: Bronte Court in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton.

Among this year's couples are Golden Guitar winner Kirsty Lee Akers and her videographer husband Jesse Anderson, Melbourne parents Tanya and Vito, former Love Island contestants and twins Josh and Luke, and former Block contestants Ronnie and Georgia (2017 Elsternwick series) and Mitch and Mark (2019 Oslo series).

  • The Block is on Channel 9 on Sunday at 7pm and Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Streaming

Untold: Malice at the Palace - Netflix

Mike Tyson in Untold: Deal with the Devil. Picture: Netflix

Mike Tyson in Untold: Deal with the Devil. Picture: Netflix

From the creators of Wild Wild Country, Untold: Malice at the Palace is a five-part docuseries that brings fresh eyes to tales from the world of sports. From tennis to boxing to basketball, these stories aren't the ones you've heard before, even if you think you have. Premiering weekly, each film kicks off at a pivotal moment - the big fight, the Olympics, the playoffs - and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it.

Dr Death - Stan

Surgeons are one of - if not the most - trusted professions. They literally hold our lives in their hands when we're at our most vulnerable.

That's why US series Dr Death makes for terrifying viewing. Based on the popular podcast by Wondery, it tells the true story of former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 for gross malpractice that resulted in the deaths of two patients and the severe maiming of others while working in two Texas hospitals.

Modern Love, season two - Amazon Prime

Based on the New York Times column of the same name, Modern Love returns for its second series on Friday.

The series explores various forms of love which include romantic, platonic, self-love, sexual, familial, and more. This season's cast includes Kit Harington, Tobias Menzies, Anna Paquin, Garrett Hedlund, Lucy Boynton, and Minnie Driver.

Alexandra Daddario and Jake Lacy in The White Lotus. Picture: Binge/Foxtel

Alexandra Daddario and Jake Lacy in The White Lotus. Picture: Binge/Foxtel

The White Lotus - Binge 

The White Lotus is a vicious, buzzy satire set on an ornate Hawaiian resort. It follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel's cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

The Kissing Booth 3 - Netflix

In case you just need to switch off for a while, the third film in The Kissing Booth series dropped on Netflix on Wednesday. It follows Elle as she has to choose between her boyfriend and her best friend when selecting which college to go to.

Recipes 

Fuss-free family food

Fish tacos with jalapeno and lime sauce. Picture: Bonnie Coumbe

Fish tacos with jalapeno and lime sauce. Picture: Bonnie Coumbe

Since Rebecca Pope became a mother seven years ago, her love of cooking has definitely grown. She admits that having to create new recipes to entice and appease the family has been a challenge at times (especially with young kids), but it has been a very rewarding experience.

Lucy Tweed is cooking dinner. Every night of the week. And so can you

A chocolate thing. Picture: Lucy Tweed

A chocolate thing. Picture: Lucy Tweed

It's not every day an interview starts with the offer of a three-way. But it's Wednesday and so hump day takes on a whole new meaning when you're talking to Lucy Tweed.

Food and event stylist, cook, wife, mother, social media genie, Tweed's Instagram account Every Night of the Week has taken the food world by storm.

Books

Would you survive prison?

As journalists, we're used to dealing with people who may have had some problem with something we've written. For most of us, it's nothing more than a narky comment on a story, or a vindictive tweet.

But Daily Telegraph journalist James Phelps remembers the day the police came to tell him someone had put a bounty on him, and they considered it a serious threat.

And who placed the bounty? It was a prisoner inside of one of Australia's hardest prisons.

Phelps has since written two non-fiction books about the Australian prison system - Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the walls of Long Bay Jail and Australia's Toughest Prisons: Inmates.

Now he's turned those shocking stories into his first fiction book. The Inside Manis the story of Riley Jax, former army engineer now convicted murderer.

Anna Sale knows how many people need to talk about hard things

We're in the midst of a pandemic, and there's never been a better time to have some difficult conversations.

In fact, according to Anna Sale, we could all do with a few more hard conversations in our lives. But when she launched her hit podcast, Death, Sex & Money back in 2014, she had no idea how many people would be willing to share their fears, secrets, anxieties and hang-ups with a stranger.

But one of the biggest surprises for her as the host has been how often she has acted intuitively to having people confide in her, and how many people have asked her how she does it. In reaching for answers, she has also realised she needs to have her own hard conversations - both for her own sake, and for the sake of the people who surround her.

And so, the idea for a book was born.

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