It’s the weekend, and if you’re after some suggestions of what to watch on Disney+ and Hulu, I’ve picked out five of my own personal selections of things I’ve enjoyed this week or things I’m planning on watching myself.

Here are my suggestions on what to watch on Disney+ this week:

Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny

The latest “Indiana Jones” film was added to Disney+ this week and sees the daredevil archaeologist race against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter, he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who works for NASA. 

As with previous Indiana Jones films, it’s best to go in not expecting too much reality, as it does go off the wall a little at the end but overall, I really enjoyed watching the film in cinemas this summer and will also be checking it out again on Disney+.  If you’re among the many who didn’t go see the film at the cinema over the summer (and judging by those box office numbers, most people didn’t), watching it at home is the perfect way to see Harrison Ford don the infamous hat one more time.

Note: This film isn’t available on Disney+ in Europe until December 15th 2023

The Shepherd

This brand new original short film is about half an hour long and tells the story of a young RAF pilot, who, on Christmas Eve, flies home across the North Sea and finds himself in peril when his radio and electric power cut out, leaving him stranded and running on limited fuel. Just when it appears his luck is about to run out, a mysterious good Samaritan, played by John Travolta, guides him to safety. 

This is an easy watch for the holidays; its short running time works out perfectly, because there isn’t enough of a story to stretch this out to ninety minutes.  I’d certainly recommend watching it this weekend and hopefully we’ll see more of these types of projects in the future.

Doctor Who : Wild Blue Yonder

This Saturday, the second 60th Anniversary special will be released on Disney+ around the world and will see the Tardis take the Doctor and Donna to the furthest edge of adventure. To escape, they must face the most desperate fight of their lives, with the fate of the universe at stake.   As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, especially of David Tennant, I’m going to be checking this out as soon as it drops!

The Artful Dodger

This brand new Australian original series was released on Hulu and on Disney+ in many countries earlier this week and is an irreverent follow-up to Dickens’ Oliver Twist, exploring the adult double life of Charles Dickens’ famous prince of thieves.

Set in 1850’s Australia, in the lively colony of Port Victory, we meet Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger, who’s transferred his fast fingers as a pickpocket to the nimble skilled fingers of a surgeon. Dodger’s past returns to haunt him with the arrival of Fagin, luring him back into a world of crime. A greater threat – to Dodger’s heart – is Lady Belle, the Governor’s daughter, determined to become the colony’s first female surgeon. From heists to life-and-death surgeries, from soirées to street violence, this is a tale of reinvention, betrayal, redemption and love with a twist.   The trailer for this series looks a lot of fun and I’ve got it added to my watchlist to enjoy.

Note: This series isn’t released in Europe until January 17th 2023

Faraway Downs

Last Sunday, Disney an extended version of “Australia” called “Faraway Downs” on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ around the world. I’ve been slowly making my way through the chapters this week and this weekend, I’m planning on getting a few more episodes watched. I’ve seen “Australia” before, but I’ve not seen it since it came out, so don’t remember too much about it, but the episode format seems to work a little better with a 3+ hour rundown film.

The story centers on an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who travels halfway across the world to confront her wayward husband and sell an unusual asset: a million-acre cattle ranch in the Australian Outback called ‘Faraway Downs’. Following the death of her husband, a ruthless Australian cattle baron, King Carney (Bryan Brown), plots to take her land and she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover (Hugh Jackman) to protect her ranch. The sweeping adventure romance is explored through the eyes of young Nullah (newcomer Brandon Walters), a bi-racial Indigenous Australian child caught up in the government’s draconian racial policy now referred to as the “Stolen Generations.” Together the trio experiences four life-altering years, a love affair between Lady Ashley and the Drover, and the unavoidable impact of World War II on Northern Australia.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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