Best new TV and film on demand this week: 31st August – 6th September

From Up and The X Factor to Hand of God and Line of Duty

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! 


Hand of God

Amazon’s latest original series becomes available to Prime members this week. The drama, which follows the likes of Alpha House, Bosch and Transparent, stars Ron Perlma and Dana Delany. It tells the story of corrupt judge Pernell Harris who believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice after a family tragedy. Sounds intriguing, no?

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Hand of God is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 4th September


Before there was Frozen, there was Up. It’s time to Let It Go and watch this heartwarming tale. Up follows elderly widower Carl and Wilderness Explorer Russell who end up going on an amazing adventure when Carl ties thousands of balloons to his home in hope of fulfilling the wishes of his late wife Ellie.

Up is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 4th September. Up is also available on blinkbox and iTunes. 

The X Factor

That’s right, summer is well and truly on its way out, because Simon Cowell’s music machine The X Factor is back on our telly screens. If you missed this weekend’s first instalment (perhaps you didn’t realise it was that time of year already) no need to worry. You can catch up on all the auditions from this weekend on ITV Player – plus see new judges Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw flex their muscles for the very first time…

The X Factor is on ITV Player 

Line of Duty

Gripping plots, shock twists and gruesome ends. Both seasons of BBC2’s hit detective series Line of Duty are available to stream on Netflix from this week. Lennie James, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Keeley Hawes star in the series about a police anti-corruption unit. Series three and four are in the works so now is the ideal time to catch up on the drama.

Line of Duty is available on Netflix from 1st September

We’re the Millers

Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter star in this 2013 comedy about bogus family The Millers. Low-level marijuana dealer David Clark (Sudeikis) hires a middle-aged stripper (Aniston), a runaway (Roberts) and his next-door-neighbour (Poulter) to pose as his family as he smuggles marijuana from Mexico to clear a debt. There are snake bites, fall outs and quite a lot of scenes where Aniston is wearing nothing but her underwear. And I think we can assume the smuggling doesn’t quite go to plan…

We’re the Millers is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 6th September 

Educating Cardiff

Loved Educating Yorkshire? Step this way. Channel 4’s ob doc camera lens has focused in on another school. This time we are in not-so-sunny Wales at Willows High School. It’s as witty, insightful and heartwarming as we’ve come to expect, with plenty of characters to keep you entertained. But there are touching moments too as headteacher Joy Ballard works hard to secure her pupils a promising future.

Educating Cardiff is available on All 4

Criminal Minds

Nine seasons of police procedural Criminal Minds drop on Amazon Prime this week. The long-running series follows a talented group of FBI profilers who set about catching various criminals through behavioral profiling and stars the likes of Matthew Gray Gubler and Mandy Patikin.


Criminal Minds is available on Amazon Prime Instant Video from 1st September  

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