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!
Netflix’s latest original series Narcos drops this week. It’s dark and violent (our hearts are racing after just watching the trailer) and it looks like one for Breaking Bad fans. Narcos is a 10-part crime drama, telling the real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head-on in the effort to control cocaine – “one of the world’s most valuable commodities.”
Carey Mulligan stars in this lush, beautifully-shot adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic tale. The film follows independent and headstrong farm owner Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan) as she navigates a number of romantic entanglements in rural Dorset. Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple also star in the film, which hit UK cinemas earlier this year.
Far From the Madding Crowd is now available on blinkbox and iTunes, to own from 24th and rent from 31st.
Fast & Furious 7
Fast & Furious 7 – or Furious Seven – is the latest in the hugely successful action film franchise. The movie marks the final appearance of star Paul Walker who died in a car crash midway through filming. Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins, along with CGI, to complete his remaining scenes.
Fast & Furious 7 is available on iTunes and blinkbox, to own from 24th August and to rent from 7th September.
A Moment of Horror
Film4 is embracing the macabre from next week with their annual fantasy and horror film festival FrightFest. The five-day event, which takes place in London’s Leicester Square between 27th and 31st August, will premiere six original and super-scary shorts that will then appear exclusively on All 4. The films include “the tale of a young mother who discovers she feeds something much more sinister than her own baby; a janitor who notices the doors he closes on his nightshift never remain shut; and an anxiety sufferer whose troubles take a physical form during a bath-time black out.” Keep your eyes peeled, if you dare…
Six A Moment of Horror short are available from 27th August on All 4
12 Angry Men
Netflix becomes home to this classic film this week. The 1957 courtroom drama, starring Henry Fonda, is about an 18-year-old boy from a slum who is on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. The jury retire to decide whether the boy is guilty of murder and discover that they are all in agreement, with the exception of Juror 8 who believes the accused is innocent.
12 Angry Men is available on Netflix from 26th August. It’s also available on iTunes.
The Scandalous Lady W
Natalie Dormer dons a corset in this sumptuous period drama, which tells the real-life story of wealthy heiress Lady Worsley, who caused outrage when she cuckolded her husband – respectable MP Sir Richard Worsley – and ran away with her lover Captain George Bisset. A court case followed and caused the greatest sex scandal of the 18th century…
More corsets and 18th century romance can be found in The Duchess, a 2008 film also based on a true story and currently available to watch for free on iPlayer. Keira Knightly stars as Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, alongside Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling and Hayley Atwell. This time our heroine is caught up in a tumultuous marriage, radical politics and a passionate love affair.
Educating Yorkshire isn’t new to on demand – it’s permanently available as one of All 4’s boxsets – but it’s worth flagging because the next in the Educating series kicks off on Channel 4 on Tuesday. This year the cameras are heading to Cardiff’s Willows High to introduce us to a new batch of teachers and teens. It’s the perfect time to revisit this award-winning series.