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New on Disney+ UK in August 2023: Best movies and TV from Ahsoka to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

A Star Wars fan favourite debuts and we say goodbye to the Guardians of the Galaxy

Only Murders In The Building S3, Ahsoka, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 are all new on Disney+ in August 2023. (Disney+)
Only Murders In The Building S3, Ahsoka, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 are all new on Disney+ in August 2023. (Disney+)

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Star Wars spin-off series Ahsoka and the streaming premiere of James Gunn’s trilogy closing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 headline a quite literally out of this world slate of new releases hitting Disney+ UK in August.

Elsewhere, bringing us back down to Earth and behind the bloodied doors of the Arconia is weekly dropper Only Murders in the Building, which returns for its third series this month.

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Rounding out the month’s TV offerings, underrated meta-comedy High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ fourth and final season drops in bingeable boxset form early in the month. And, for the armchair adrenaline junkies out there, survivalist Bear Grylls is back in action as he puts celebs through their paces in Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge.

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Back on the film front, documentary The Randall Scandal: Love, Loathing & Vanderpump is set to lift the lid on the many controversies surrounding B-Movie mogul Randall Emmett.

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Movies coming to Disney+ in August

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | 2 August

(L-R): Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2023 MARVEL.
Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. (Marvel Studios)

James Gunn’s parting gift to Marvel Studios before jumping ship to head up DC Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a spectacular swansong not just for Gunn, but for the MCU’s most unlikely of heroes.

This trilogy closer, complete with now customary Awesome Mixtape and pop culture references galore, places Bradley Cooper’s renegade raccoon Rocket front and centre as Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and the crew of the Milano set out to save their friend’s life.

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Along the way, Rocket’s heartbreaking origin story unfolds in flashbacks both beautiful and terrifying. Lylla and Rocket and Floor and Teefs forever!

The Randall Scandal: Love, Loathing & Vanderpump | 4 August

Explosive documentary The Randall Scandal: Love, Loathing & Vanderpump represents a thorough investigation into the many accusations that have been leveled against B-movie mogul Randall Emmett.

The 90 minute special features exclusive interview footage from Emmett’s Bravo megastar ex Lala Kent, alongside new interviews with Kent’s nearest and dearest as well as former friends and colleagues of Emmett’s.

Promising to take viewers closer to the truth about a man variously accused of racial discrimination, workplace abuse, and the mistreatment of aphasia sufferer Bruce Willis, this is a timely examination of power and corruption in the film and TV industry,

TV shows coming to Disney+ in August

Only Murders in the Building S3 (Original) | 8 August

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Selena Gomez, from left, Steve Martin and Martin Short in a scene from Only Murders in the Building. (Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu via AP)

Everybody’s favourite amateur sleuthing, true-crime podcasting trio are back in series three of Only Murders in the Building. After last season’s dramatic finale, which saw *SPOILER ALERT* none other than Paul Rudd’s Ben Glenroy rock up dead in front of a big Broadway crowd, Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) have a new murder to solve.

With dots that don’t quite to-dot with Ben, set photos revealing what looks like potentially multiple weddings ahead, and the promise of a new Arconia resident/visitor in the form of Meryl Streep, this series is set to be killer.

Star Wars: Ahsoka (Original) | Episodes 1 and 2 drop on 23 August, then weekly

(L): Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Rosario Dawson in Ahsoka. (Lucasfilm)

Since her introduction in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano has cropped up all over the galaxy far, far away, appearing in Star Wars Rebels as well as live-action offerings The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian. Now, Anakin Skywalker’s old padawan receives the solo series treatment in the handily titled Ahsoka.

Starring Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, the series follows the Togrutan former Jedi as she investigates a new threat to the galaxy in the wake of the Empire’s fall. Along the way, fans can expect to see the live-action debuts of several Rebels favourites, including Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi), as well as the villainous Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).

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Set in a fascinating moment in the SW timeline, and with a cast this strong, Ahsoka is set to be a Force to be reckoned with.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge | Boxset drops on 23 August

Ashton Kutcher and Bear Grylls in Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic)
Ashton Kutcher and Bear Grylls in Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic)

In Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls teaches a set of celebrity guests essential survival skills before testing their mettle in a high-stress situation. Taking place across the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the deserts of the Great Basin, and Costa Rica’s volcanic rainforests, this one certainly isn’t a walk in the park. More a run, jump, and water-skin of urine in the jungle, honestly.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series S4 | Boxset drops on 9 August

Once described by producer Tim Federle as “Inception with jazz hands”, Disney+’s hilarious meta-comedy High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has finally reached its graduation year, with a fourth and final series debuting in August. Following the current students of East High as they navigate coming-of-age, their school’s movie musical legacy, and putting on their own shows, the series has been a subversive delight all the way through.

Now, in its most meta twist yet, the final series sees the current kids of East High prepping for graduation while mingling with the OG cast of High School Musical. Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, and Lucas Grabeel among others all return to play themselves as they shoot High School Musical 4: The Reunion. If you’re feeling confused at this point, then fear not. As a wise Wildcat once said, "We’re all in this together!"

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