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July 18, 2016

Rebecca Eves’ picks of the latest books, DVDs, music and television to enjoy at home

Album: Viola Beach
Coldplay helped them to ‘headline’ at Glastonbury by playing a cover of ‘Boys that Sing’ during their set in June, and now Viola Beach’s self-titled album is being released, bringing to the public the music the band wanted to be heard and enjoyed. The four young members of the band and their manager met a tragic end in a car accident in February. Official merchandise is also available, with profits going to the families involved.

Released July 29

Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
It’s already a pre-order bestseller on Amazon and you won’t win any prizes for guessing why. This official script book is a new play by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany; the eighth in the Harry Potter series and the first to appear on stage. The premiere is in London’s West End on July 30, and this Special Rehearsal Edition of the script can be yours the following day.

Out July 31

DVD: The Jungle Book
There were a few too many Disney clichés in this much-anticipated remake for my liking, however, I couldn’t deny that the look of the film is spectacular and the nods to the original that made me cringe will be what make the movie for others. The first-rate cast includes the menacing vocal talents of Christopher Walken, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, while Bill Murray provides a perfect Baloo.

Out August 22

TV: BBC Proms 2016
Kicking off on July 15, BBC Proms is taking its 122-year-old festival of music to new places this summer, featuring four new venues across London. With 90 concerts over eight weeks, culminating in four Last Night celebrations around the UK, there’s something for everyone – from Shakespeare-inspired works by Purcell to the carnival spirit of Brazilian popular music from the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

July 15-September 10

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