The big new shows coming down the pipe as Amazon originals or exclusive content, plus some of their best buys.
The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee, 17 July
Originally slated for cinema release in April and following the unprecedented closure of movie theaters with the COVID-19 outbreak, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee will be premiering exclusively on Prime Video in Australia.
Starring as a fictionalised version of himself, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee sees Paul Hogan enjoying a quiet life and all the perks of retirement in Brentwood, California, but he can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. When his granddaughter Lucy (Charlotte Stent) finds out he’s been offered a knighthood for services to comedy and tells all her friends, Paul reluctantly accepts the offer and has six weeks to stay out of trouble before the ceremony. But wherever Paul goes, trouble follows, and we see Paul’s reputation hilariously put through the wringer no matter how close he gets to his important meeting with his biggest Royal fan.
Joining Paul in his new adventure is a star-studded cast including comedy legend’s John Cleese (Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda) and Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Fletch), the beloved Olivia Newton-John (Grease), Aussie favourites Shane Jacobson (Kenny, Oddball), Julia Morris (House Husbands), Rachael Carpani (McLeod’s Daughters), as well as comedy stars including Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show), Reggie VelJohnson (Die Hard), and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Jurassic Park). Prime Video viewers should also keep their eyes peeled as they watch, with some surprise appearances from international stars throughout the film.
Hanna season two, 3 July
The second season of Hanna follows the titular heroine as she evades the relentless pursuit of the sinister Utrax organisation, and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. Following her discovery at the end of season one, Hanna (Esmé Creed-Miles) now knows she is not the only young woman with unparalleled skill and elite training. Utrax has produced a whole contingent of highly skilled trainees, whose development is about to reach the lethal “second phase.” After their relocation to The Meadows facility, these trainees find their restrictions lifted and glimpse the possibility of a new identity in the outside world. But this apparent freedom will come at a heavy price.
In season two, Hanna risks her freedom to rescue her friend Clara (Yasmin Monet Prince) from the clutches of the Utrax program, now run by John Carmichael (Dermot Mulroney) and his second in command, Leo Garner (Anthony Welsh). Hanna finds help in the unlikely form of her previous nemesis, CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos), who must protect both herself and Hanna from the ruthless organisation she once trusted.
LOL: Last One Laughing, final two episodes available from 3 July
Hosted by Rebel Wilson, witness 10 of Australia’s professional comedians go head to head to see who can keep a straight face while simultaneously trying to make their opponents laugh in this first-of-its-kind comedy social experiment.
The Australian Amazon Original, LOL: Last One Laughing features leading Australian comedians Dilruk Jayasinha, Frank Woodley, Nazeem Hussain, Anne Edmonds, Ed Kavalee, Becky Lucas, Joel Creasey, Nick Cody, Sam Simmons and Susie Youssef, who each bring their own distinct comedic style to the fold as they’re pitted against each other in this battle of laughs.
Comedians who laugh will be eliminated one-by-one, until a single comedian remains. With $100,000 on the line, audiences will be left on the edge of their seats waiting to see who Rebel will crown the Last One Laughing.
The final two episodes will be available on Friday, July 3.
Alex Rider, 31 July
Alex Rider is the story of an ordinary teenage boy dragged unwittingly into the dangerous and morally compromised world of international espionage – a reluctant hero forced to become an agent for the British government. Based on the phenomenally successful novels by Anthony Horowitz, the series expands on the books, introducing new characters and exploring the world of high-stakes espionage with a gritty and contemporary tone.
When his uncle and guardian, Ian, is killed in a car crash, teenager Alex starts to doubt the story he’s given by the police. He investigates the accident himself and is soon thrust into a shadowy world of espionage that makes him question everything he once knew.
Absentia S3, 17 July
After the dramatic events of season two, Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) is serving out the final days of her FBI suspension while working hard to be the best possible mother to Flynn. Everything is upended when an international criminal case hits too close to home, threatening the family she is so desperately trying to hold together.
Season three follows Emily as she must race against time to save her ex-husband Special Agent Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger) when his life is endangered. The upcoming season also features the return of Aussie heartthrob Matt Le Nevez as Special Agent Cal Isaac.
Also coming to Amazon Prime Video this July:
Homeland S1-S7, 1 July
Top Gear: Special: The Perfect Road Trip, 1 July
Top Gear: Winter Olympics Special, 1 July
Top Gear: Special: Polar, 1 July
Frasier S1-S11, 1 July
Prison Break S1-S5, 1 July
Furious 6, 1 July
Top Gear S1-S25, 1 July
Glee S1-S6, 1 July
Fast & Furious 7, 1 July
Top Gear: Special: The Perfect Road Trip II, 1 July
Top Gear: Special: Botswana, 1 July
American Horror Story S1-S5, 1 July
Mad Men S1-S7, 3 July
The X Files S1-S11, 7 July
Breathe: Into The Shadows S1, 10 July
Luther S1-S4, 10 July
New Girl S1-S7, 15 July
Jim Gaffigan: Pale Tourist S1, 24 July