What to Watch on Peacock

(Above: David Schwimmer in ‘Intelligence.’ PR Newsfoto/Peacock)

NBC’s new streamer, Peacock, will be available nationally July 15.

The service will offer thousands of hours of programming for free. There will also be a premium plan for $4.99 a month. At launch, those pay subscribers will be able to binge all first-season episodes of the following series, the first three of which have a decidedly British flavor:

Brave New World (nine episodes)

Based on Aldous Huxley’s novel about a utopian society, citizens of peaceable New London –  Bernard Marx (Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay) –  take an excursion to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a violent rebellion. John the Savage (Star Wars’ Alden Ehrenreich) escapes with them back to New London, but his presence threatens New London’s harmony.

Alden Ehrenreich in Brave New World on Peacock
(Above: Alden Ehrenreich in ‘Brave New World.’ Source: PR Newsfoto/Peacock)

The Capture (six episodes)

This conspiracy thriller, which aired originally on BBC One, takes on “fake news” and the far-reaching capabilities of intelligence services. Soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner) conviction for murder in Afghanistan is overturned because of flawed video evidence. But his freedom could be short-lived due to CCTV footage from a night out in London. Holliday Grainger plays Detective Inspector Rachel Carey. The cast also includes Hellboy’s Ron Perlman, X-Men’s Famke Janssen and The Crown’s Ben Miles.

Intelligence (six episodes)

Broadcast earlier this year on Sky One, this comedy series is set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, described as a “weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6.” American NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) joins the team, enlisting a blundering computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed) in a power grab that undermines their efforts to fight cyber terrorism.

Mohammed created, wrote and executive produced.

Lost Speedways

Dale Earnhardt Jr. created and co-hosts this series looking at great speedways of the past. Matthew Dillner co-hosts.

Other Debuts

 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

Fans of the USA Network investigative comedy series Psych can catch up with Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) in their second full-length film, a follow up to Psych: The Movie (2017).

Psych 2 Lassie Come Home on Peacock
(Above: James Roday and Dulé Hill. Source: PR Newsfoto/Peacock)

The two detectives return to help Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) who is recovering in a clinic following an ambush. Their efforts to solve the twisted case of the attack, which could include supernatural elements, are not necessarily welcomed by others in Santa Barbara.

In Deep with Ryan Lochte

Medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte was at the center of a scandalous event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now a 35-year-old family man, Lochte hopes to prove he is a changed man and get one last shot at Team USA.

Kids Programming

Curious George

Margret and H.A. Rey’s popular simian character stars in the animated series that aired on PBS Kids from 2006 to 2015. The show for preschoolers focuses on early concepts in math, science, technology and engineering and encourages children to explore. The voice cast includes Scooby Doo’s Frank Welker, The Loud House’s Jeff Bennett and Spaceballs: The Animated Series’ Rino Romano.

Curious George on Peacock
(Above source: PR Newsfoto/Peacock)

Cleopatra in Space

Based on Mike Maihack’s graphic novel series, this comedic adventure from DreamWorks tells the story of Cleopatra’s (Lilimar Hernandez) teenage years. But Cleo is transported 30,000 years into the future, to an Egyptian-themed planet that is ruled by talking cats. How does she get back to the Egypt she knows? The show ran last year on the DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia.

Where’s Waldo?

Also, from DreamWorks, Where’s Waldo features 12-year-old Waldo (Joshua Rush) and best friend Wenda (Haley Tju), members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society, an international order of curious travelers who solve problems through observation. They are sent on missions by Wizard Whitebeard (Thomas Lennon), but rival Odlulu (Eva Carlton) often gets in their way. This show debuted on Universal Kids in 2019.

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