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Damon Smith reviews the latest download, streaming and DVD releases

Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen in 13 Reasons Why
Damon Smith

13 REASONS WHY – Season 4 (10 episodes, streaming and available to download from June 5 exclusively on Netflix, Thriller/Drama/Romance)

THE hit teen drama based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher returns for a fourth and final season to resolve underlying mysteries and test hormone-addled characters one final time before they graduate from Liberty High School.

At the end of the third season, Deputy Sheriff Bill Standall (Mark Pellegrino) covered up the involvement of his son Alex (Miles Heizer) in the death of Bryce Walker (Justin Prentice), pinning the crime instead on bullying student Monty de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos).

Also, a fisherman stumbled upon a bag of rifles in the river, which several characters had hoped would be lost forever.

In the concluding 10 episodes, student Winston Williams (Deaken Bluman), who was with Monty at the time of Bryce's murder, holds the key to exposing the cover-up.

He vows justice for Monty, applying pressure to everyone involved in the conspiracy including Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who seeks absolution in sessions with therapist Dr Robert Ellman (Gary Sinise).

:: This Is Us – Season 4 (18 episodes, streaming from June 5 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Drama/Romance)

THE fourth series of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning drama created by Dan Fogelman arrives on Amazon Prime Video this week, providing an opportunity to binge 18 episodes of heartache, redemption and tender reconciliation across three timelines.

In the present day, Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) becomes involved with marine officer Cassidy Sharp (Jennifer Morrison), who is battling alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder as her marriage to husband Ryan (Nick Wechsler) implodes.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) faces an agonising decision about a clinical trial for her illness.

:: BETTY (6 episodes, streaming from June 9 exclusively on NOW TV, Comedy/Drama/Romance)

MOST of the cast of writer-director Crystal Moselle's 2018 independent film Skate Kitchen reunite for a six-part comedy drama created by Moselle, which screens on Sky Comedy and streams exclusively on NOW TV.

Camille (Rachel Vinberg), Honeybear (Moonbear), Janay (Dede Lovelace) and Kirt (Nina Moran) are talented skateboarders in New York, who are determined to prove their skill in the male-dominated sport.

They welcome Indigo (Anjani Russell) to the posse and the five young women provide each other with emotional support as they contend with peer pressure, affairs of the heart, growing pains and same sex dating woes.

Big Bird is just one of the famous faces featured in Dear...

:: DEAR... (10 episodes, streaming from June 5 exclusively on Apple TV+, Documentary)

INSPIRED by the Dear Apple advertising campaign, which featured letters from fans to company CEO Tim Cook about how products had changed their lives, Dear... is a reflective 10-part documentary series which profiles charismatic figures through the written words of people, who have been affected by their work.

These subjects include Big Bird from Sesame Street, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, film director Spike Lee, musical theatre composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor and activist Yara Shahidi, feminist movement trailblazer Gloria Steinem, presenter Oprah Winfrey and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

:: EL PRESIDENTE (8 episodes, streaming from June 5 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Drama)

INSPIRED by real-life events of the 2015 Fifa corruption scandal, El Presidente is a 10-part drama set against the backdrop of cities across Latin America, Europe and America, which shines a light on greed and deception in the upper echelons of power.

The devastating impact of the FBI investigation into immoral behaviour is seen through the eyes of small-time Chilean football club president Sergio Jadue (Andres Parra).

He rises from obscurity to play a vital role in the bribery spearheaded by Julio Grondona (Luis Margani), president of the Argentine football association.

The ripple effect of Sergio's choices are felt far beyond the border of his country and he quickly realises there is nowhere to hide from the consequences of his actions.

Andres Parra as Sergio Jadue in El Presidente

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