Best new TV and film on demand this week: 10th – 16th August

From Casanova and Child 44 to True Detective and Glee's final episodes

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The world of on demand can be a bewildering place. But don’t stress, we’re here to help. Here’s the cream of this week’s crop: the best of catch up and the brand new TV shows and films available on Netflix, blinkbox, iTunes, Amazon Prime Instant Video, All 4, iPlayer and beyond. Happy bingeing! 

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The Duff 

Don’t know what a Duff is? That’ll be your Designated Ugly Fat Friend. The trailer states that if you don’t know who that is, it’s likely to be you. No need to panic. We’re pretty sure the message of this film is that Duffs are actually pretty awesome. The Duff, starring Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne, might not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but has the potential to become a cult hit like 2004’s Mean Girls. 

The Duff is available from 10th of August on blinkbox and iTunes. 


The Great British Bake Off

If you haven’t met this year’s amateur bakers yet, what have you been doing? The first episode of this year’s Great British Bake Off arrived on BBC1 on 5th August and it’s only a matter of time before the nation is obsessed by all things baked. Catch up now. 

Catch up on The Great British Bake Off on BBC iPlayer 


Love, Rosie 

Starring Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Suki Waterhouse and Tamsin Egerton, this happy, silly rom-com follows Alex and Rosie, two school friends with the potential to be something more, if only life would stop getting in the way. It’s based on Where Rainbow’s End, the 2004 bestseller from P.S. I Love You author Cecilia Ahern and is perfect, untaxing viewing for a cosy night in. 

Love, Rosie is available to stream on Netflix from 16th August. It’s also available to buy on Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox and iTunes. 


Sex in Class 

Belgian sexologist Geodele Liekens takes her unconventional teaching methods to a Lancashire secondary school in this eye-opening documentary from Channel 4. There are cringe-worthy moments galore and numerous appearances from a “vagina cushion” but it also asks important questions about the way we teach adolescents about sex, and why parents, teachers and senior politicians can’t help but blush when confronted with the word clitoris. 

Sex in Class is available now on All 4 


True Detective series 2

Missed the second series of hit HBO crime drama True Detective? Never fear. The episodes are now available on iTunes. The second run sees the drama take a change of direction, with a new story set in California and a brand new, but equally star-studded, cast. Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn all appear in the gritty tale, which first aired on Sky Atlantic earlier this year. 

True Detective series 2 is available on iTunes and blinkbox from 11th August. blinkbox is currently running a promotion on the boxset. 


Child 44 

Tom Hardy is everywhere at the moment. The British star has appeared in Mad Max, Peaky Blinders and London Road, and he’s set to star in Kray twins tale Legend and The Revenant later this year. Here he plays Leo Demidov, a disgraced MGB agent in 1950s Soviet Union who uncovers evidence of a child serial killer. The film didn’t overwhelm critics, but it’s bound to entertain fans of Tom Rob Smiths’ 2008 novel. 

Child 44 is available to buy from iTunes and blinkbox from 10th August 


Casanova

Part of the fun of being an Amazon Prime Instant Video member is getting to watch, rate and comment on new pilots – and have a hand in whether they are turned into full series. So far the process has given rise to the likes of Alpha House, Transparent and upcoming series Hand of God. 

The latest pilot waiting for its fate to be decided is Casanova. The drama “chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of 18th century’s most famous playboys. Exiled from his beloved Venice, renowned playboy Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity…and trouble.”

Casanova is available now on Amazon Prime Instant Video 


Sneaky Pete 

Amazon is also testing the water with this drama pilot, which stars Giovanni Ribisi, is directed by Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon and produced by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. The first episode follows a conman (Ribisi) “who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself and discovering a family life he’s never had.”

Sneaky Pete is available now on Amazon Prime Instant Video 


The Affair

Ruth Wilson and Dominic Cooper star in this critically acclaimed, award-winning drama. The series, which aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK, is about lovers Noah Solloway and Alison Bailey who embark on an extramarital affair after a chance encounter. It’s must-watch stuff (and it’s coming back for a second run, so now’s the time to catch up!)  

The Affair is available from 11th August on iTunes 


Glee series 6

The New Directions have hung up their microphones after six successful series. This final chapter in their all-singing, all-dancing journey sees original cast members return for a final stint at McKinley High School before all saying an emotional goodbye to the long-running series. 

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Glee series 6 is available from 14th August on iTunes


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