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What to watch on streaming: today's picks from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more

Looking for something to watch today on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV+ and more? Don't miss our experts' recommendations...

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Published: Tuesday, 27th September 2022 at 10:22 am
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When looking for something new to watch in the world of streaming, you may feel like you're drowning in a sea of choices - so if you're in need of some help in finding the good stuff, you've come to the right place.

Recent arrivals include the latest, long-awaited addition to the Star Wars family Andor starring Diego Luna, another hair-raising adventure from The Grand Tour trio and a new series of fantasy drama Fate: the Winx Saga.

Elsewhere, we're enjoying the Clintons' new documentary series Gutsy and Korean crime drama Narco-Saints, while the latest movies include a new adaptation of Marilyn's Monroe's life, Blonde, as well as MCU's Thor: Love and Thunder and offbeat offerings like Explorer.

There's also a wealth of other streaming options to choose from, and so to give you a bit of a hand, RadioTimes.com has collated some of the best new offerings: from Netflix and Disney Plus to Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer and Apple TV+, here are the latest highlights across the services.

Whether it’s a detective series such as Bäckström, a canine caper like Dog or a fascinating true-crime documentary like I Am a Killer, there's something here to suit everyone's taste.

Take a look at the list below, which includes all the details about where you can watch any title – and why they’re worth your time.

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  • Jungle

    • 2022
    • Drama

    Summary:

    UK rap culture brings you a crime drama like nothing you’ve seen before. In a near-future London, two young men try to better themselves, but are forced to face the consequences of their actions.

    Why watch Jungle?:

    The way young black people living in Britain’s big cities are viewed by the rest of society is often wrapped up in music, with rap, drill and grime regularly the subject of tabloid scare stories. Whether new six-part drama Jungle (Amazon Prime) gives those genres a new popularity is yet to be seen, but it uses them in a fascinating way: they’re woven tightly into an anthology of stories set in the neon-lit darkness of a stylised, dystopian London where gun crime is dominant, to the point where the characters break into rapping as part of the dialogue. Yes, like in a Hollywood musical… That conceit, and the odd blast of sly humour, leavens what’s generally a pretty intense ride, as grudges are acted on and plans to make money inevitably unravel. The cast includes Bulletproof star Ezra Elliot (pictured left), and rapper Tinie Tempah as himself.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Blonde

    • Drama
    • Romance
    • 2022
    • Andrew Dominik
    • 165 mins
    • 18

    Summary:

    A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

    Why watch Blonde?:

    The savagery of mega-stardom is laid bare in this brutal but beautiful look at the sad life of Marilyn Monroe. Based on Joyce Carol Oates's novel, the film plays out over a sprawling, near three-hour running time as director Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) highlights the ways in which Monroe was abused and exploited throughout her life.

    From growing up with a mentally ill mother (played by Julianne Nicholson), she goes on to a horrific introduction to Hollywood, and beatings at the hands of her second husband, Joe DiMaggio (Bobby Cannavale). The sometimes shocking content is countered by the sensitive work of lead Ana de Armas, who performs as if possessed by the actress.

    Emma Simmonds

    How to watch
  • The Old Man

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective

    Summary:

    A former CIA officer who's living off the grid finds himself on the run from people who want to kill him.

    Why watch The Old Man?:

    New Disney Plus series The Old Man is a brooding cat-and-mouse spy drama in which John Lithgow plays Harold Harper, an FBI man charged with apprehending his former colleague turned rogue CIA spy Dan Chase, played by Jeff Bridges.

    The drama is set in the present day but past traumas weigh down on both the lead characters. Harper, whom Lithgow plays, is reeling from the death of his son when he receives a phone call and learns he has to deal with an international scandal from three decades earlier concerning Bridges’ character...

    Sarfraz Manzoor

    How to watch
  • Vampire Academy

    • 2022
    • Fantasy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women's friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.

    Why watch Vampire Academy?:

    The producers of Vampire Diaries are behind this new Young Adult series, which sets itself in an exclusive school for royal vampires in need of an elite education, and half-blood "guardians" whose destiny it is to protect the undead aristocracy from the feared, savage Strigoi. As well as some unsubtle class-politics allegories, there's plenty of sex, fights and biting as two girls develop an across-the-divide friendship, in a show with more gloss than gore.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Sidney

    • Drama
    • Documentary and factual
    • 2022
    • Reginald Hudlin
    • 111 mins
    • 12A

    Summary:

    Follow the real life story of Sidney Poitier, the Oscar winner of 1964.

    Why watch Sidney?:

    In 1964, Bahamas-raised Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an Academy Award, breaking the "black ceiling" and inspiring others to follow. Not bad for a boy born in 1927 to poor Miami farmers. He would become Hollywood's biggest box-office star in 1967 and moved behind the camera to direct the smash-hit comedy Stir Crazy.

    But as this frank, cheery and broad-ranging documentary underlines, Poitier's legacy extended farther than his film work. Among the contributors assembled, Spike Lee credits him as a key figure in the struggle for civil rights and in later life he became a diplomat on the world stage.

    Andrew Collins

    How to watch
  • Academy Dreams: Leeds United

    • 2022
    • Documentary and factual
    • Sport

    Summary:

    Academy Dreams is a behind-the-scenes look inside the world-class Leeds United Academy. We follow a team of young players as they try to make it to the top and represent Leeds United in the Premier League.

    Why watch Academy Dreams: Leeds United?:

    Sporting academies are everywhere at the moment, with Ruck Stars shadowing up-and-coming rugby players, and the excellent Football Dreams: The Academy (All 4) finding out what it's like to be a child (or parent) desperate to progress through Crystal Palace's youth ranks. This documentary six-parter concentrates on Leeds, with the focus less on very young hopefuls and more on those who have just about made it: during the 2021/22 season, the likes of Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt live the dream and turn out for the first team in the Premier League.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Thai Cave Rescue

    • 2022
    • Action
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    TV series that chronicles the rescue of the 12 boys and their soccer coach, who were trapped for two weeks in flooded caves in Thailand during the summer of 2018.

    Why watch Thai Cave Rescue?:

    The 2016 Tham Luang cave rescue - already the subject of an excellent, gripping documentary film called The Rescue, which is streamable on Disney Plus - is now dramatised as a miniseries that doesn't skimp on the stirring heroics. It really is an extraordinary true story: when an entire youth football team and their coach are trapped in an underground cave system by rising storm waters, it looks impossible to get them out. But a hastily convened international posse of engineers, doctors, military personnel and divers simply refuse to give up.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Snabba Cash

    • 2021
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    The entrepreneurial jet set and the criminal world are more brutal, chaotic, and ruthless than ever. When these two worlds collide, loyalty, friendships, and business partners will be tested in the never-ending quest for easy money.

    Why watch Snabba Cash?:

    Season two of a sexy, propulsive gangster thriller with a compelling lead character: Evin Ahmad is Laya, who when the show began was a tech entrepreneur looking for investors in her start-up company. Now she's something of a crime kingpin, but with the expectations of her old existence - not least motherhood - still weighing on her, life is about to get busy. The show's myriad, ruthless, money-chasing characters means there's always a surprise around the corner, usually involving a hail of bullets.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • The Kardashians

    • 2022
    • Entertainment
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Follow the Kardashian family as they celebrate new ventures and navigate through their new normal: motherhood, relationships, and career goals.

    Why watch The Kardashians?:

    They may not quite be the gossip-column behemoths they were a decade ago, but Kim Kardashian and the female members of her family still know how to put on a glitzy, heavily orchestrated "reality" show. Season two of their reformatted TV diary sees Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and Kris prepare each other for weddings, babies, bad press and health scares, all of it dealt with while maintaining an atmosphere of pristine luxury and dazzling viewers with their remarkable outfit choices.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Danny and the Human Zoo

    • Drama
    • 2015
    • Destiny Ekaragha
    • 90 mins

    Summary:

    A dramatised account of the early life and career of impressionist, comedian and actor Lenny Henry.

    Why watch Danny and the Human Zoo?:

    It's commonplace for comedians to write fictionalised versions of their own early lives, but Lenny Henry's one-off comedy drama Danny and the Human Zoo - first broadcast on BBC One in 2015 and new on BritBox - carries a bit more weight. The story of obvious Henry substitute Danny (Kascion Franklin), a boy growing up in the Midlands in the 1970s with dreams of stardom as a performer, is one defined by racism of all kinds, from well-meaning but ignorant friends to physically threatening street gangs. Henry's performance as Danny's dour father adds another layer to a canny construction, as well as showcasing the fine straight acting that has given his later career a new impetus. But the period details and rich showbiz memories nicely sugar the pill.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Andor

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Action
    • 15

    Summary:

    Prequel series to Star Wars' 'Rogue One'. In an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue, Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a Rebel hero.

    Why watch Andor?:

    The Star Wars TV universe expands still further: to add to The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Disney Plus now has a prequel to the 2016 movie Rogue One, with Diego Luno reprising the role of Cassian Andor. One day Cassian will be a Rebel spy but for now he's just a wily thief - as his radicalisation runs in parallel to a growing rebellion against the authoritarian Empire, a stirring tale of ordinary people fighting back takes hold. A quality senior supporting cast - Fiona Shaw, Forest Whitaker, Stellan Skarsgard - adds a layer of class.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Fortune Seller: A TV Scam

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective

    Summary:

    Follow controversial slimming cream sellers turned con artists Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile, from their TV success to their scam and jail time.

    Why watch Fortune Seller: A TV Scam?:

    A suitably chaotic profile remembers the bizarre heyday of Wanna Marchi, the face and voice of Italy's teleshopping boom in the 1980s and 90s. Her flamboyant efforts to sell weight-loss remedies and, in her later career, more esoteric and even more questionable products made her a star, with her catchphrases repeated and her mannerisms parodied. When the law caught up with her, she parlayed that into further exposure and remains a cult figure whose life acts as a portal to the very strange world of Italian pop culture.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Super/Natural

    • 2022
    • Documentary and factual
    • Nature

    Summary:

    Using the latest scientific innovations and filmmaking technology, the powers and super-senses of the world's animals will be revealed, inviting viewers to experience the natural world as a specific species does.

    Why watch Super/Natural?:

    Benedict Cumberbatch narrates a wildlife documentary that has a simple but probably effective idea for how it might hold kids' attention: it treats the unusual abilities of animals as if they were superpowers. Earth-or sea-bound animals who can fly for a few seconds when needed, or insects who can light themselves up, or creatures who can emit fearsome or eerily misleading noises when needed - all of them have their antics captured via excellent photography and that Marvel-lous narration.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • After Yang

    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 2021
    • Kogonada
    • 95 mins
    • PG

    Summary:

    When his young daughter's beloved companion, an android named Yang, malfunctions, a man called Jake searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife and daughter across a distance he didn't know was there. Sci-fi drama, starring Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith

    Why watch After Yang?:

    Issues around artificial intelligence provide the starting point for this contemplative drama from Korean-American film-maker Kogonada (Columbus). Set in the near future, it introduces us to tea-shop owner Jake (Colin Farrell) and his wife Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith). They're struggling to fix their broken "technosapien" son Yang, a robot helper of Asian appearance who was purchased as a sibling for the couple's adopted Chinese daughter. When Jake accesses Yang's memory bank following the malfunction, he is profoundly affected by what he finds.

    After Yang may be a touch over-earnest for some, but this soulful slice of philosophical cinema exists proudly in its own dreamy, melancholy bubble.

    Emma Simmonds

    How to watch
  • The Black Phone

    • Horror
    • Thriller
    • 2021
    • Scott Derrickson
    • 103 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.

    Why watch The Black Phone?:

    This riveting movie from Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson deftly combines supernatural and serial-killer thriller themes. It's based on a short story by Joe Hill (Horns), who is Stephen King's son, and set in late 1970s Denver where the police seem powerless to catch "the Grabber", an elusive kidnapper of teenagers. So, when bullied introvert Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) is taken by the masked maniac and hidden away in a grotty, sound-proofed basement, the boy's prospects of survival look dire.

    It's a terrifyingly tense race-against-time tale that delivers potent scares and contains spot-on performances.

    Jeremy Aspinall

    How to watch
  • Bäckström

    • 2020
    • Crime/detective
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Unscrupulous and arrogant murder detective Evert Bäckström finds himself with the hardest case he ever had when a skull pierced with bullet holes is found on an uninhabited island in the archipelago.

    Why watch Bäckström?:

    Kjell Bergqvist, sharply grey-quiffed and sporting a series of fabulous floral shirts, returns for a second season of sleuthing by Sweden’s most maverick detective. Evert Bäckström’s usual escapades get serious when his nemesis, celebrity lawyer Tomas Eriksson, is killed, with further corpses soon turning up.

    When one of the show’s typically arcane motifs develops around the case, Bäckström has his work cut out.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • A Private Affair

    • 2022
    • Comedy
    • Crime/detective

    Summary:

    Marina Quiroga, a daring upper-class girl with a detective's soul, sets off to catch the serial killer that has been terrorizing her town with her faithful butler Hector's help.

    Why watch A Private Affair?:

    Speeding steam trains, fabulous frocks, popping flash bulbs and daggers drawn… we’re transported to Galicia in the late 1940s for a pacy period crime drama, starring Aura Garrido as an intrepid upper-class woman who rashly vows to find the identity of a serial killer, despite the manifest dangers and in defiance of the gender assumptions of the day. Plus, her brother is the new chief of police, so she’s heading for family strife too. But in her trusty butler (Jean Reno) she might have the sort of faithful sidekick that’s made so many TV sleuths a success.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • The Monocled Mutineer

    • 1986
    • Drama
    • History
    • 15

    Summary:

    During World War I, Percy Toplis, a deserter from the British Army, plays a major role in the Étaples Mutiny in September 1917.

    Why watch The Monocled Mutineer?:

    A hot potato of a drama presents itself for re-assessment by joining BritBox: The Monocled Mutineer was hugely controversial upon its original broadcast by the BBC in 1986, and was for a long time not seen again via repeats or DVD. Written by Alan Bleasdale and based – how accurately is the contentious bit – on the real story of a rebellion mounted by British soldiers during the First World War, it stars a then-unknown Paul McGann as deserter Percy Toplis, who takes action in protest at the appalling treatment of soldiers at a training camp in Etaples, France, and for a time gets away with it thanks to a talent for escape and disguise.

    Given the subject matter it’s a surprisingly amusing series, although the government of the time certainly didn’t see the funny side. Penelope Wilton and Timothy West co-star.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Maggie

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Comedy

    Summary:

    A young woman tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic. She can see everyone's futures, but her present is a mess.

    Why watch Maggie?:

    New Disney Plus series Maggie is the epitome of breezy, easy comedy. Rebecca Rittenhouse (pictured, right)stars as the titular character, who’s an archetypal sitcom protagonist — snarky, self-effacing and unlucky in love — with a twist: she’s a psychic who genuinely does have second sight. Having bowled happily along for years, breaking up friends by revealing they’ve slept with each other’s boyfriends and annoying her mother by predicting her hot flushes “like a weather report”, Maggie is forced to take her visions more seriously when she appears in one herself, suggesting she has just met her future husband.

    With a will-they-won’t-they romance, a snappy gay best friend (played by Ray Ford)
    and a lot of gags about life as a single woman, Maggie hits a lot of easy targets, but it does it with a smile.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Fate: The Winx Saga

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 15

    Summary:

    A live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's Winx Club (2004). It follows Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Otherworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.

    Why watch Fate: The Winx Saga?:

    Series two of the drama set in a boarding school where the kids are fairies coming to terms with their powers as well as the awakenings of adulthood. The first season climaxed with a showdown between Eve Best and Lesley Sharp, but as it returns they have been replaced by Miranda Richardson as the malign headmistress. This time round, the focus is much more on the pupils, who have as much romance to deal with as they do curses and spells.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • The Grand Tour

    • 2016
    • Comedy
    • Sport
    • PG

    Summary:

    Follow Jeremy, Richard, and James, as they embark on an adventure across the globe, driving new and exciting automobiles from manufacturers all over the world.

    Why watch The Grand Tour: a Scandi Flick?:

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May gad around Arctic Scandinavia in a new jolly stuffed with their trademark pratfalling: crashes, inappropriate vehicle choices, towing cabins and bus shelters instead of caravans, blunt culture clashes and, despite the sub-zero temperatures, at least one fire.

    As usual, it’s a case of gleefully juvenile pranks against a beautifully filmed backdrop: the snowy landscapes, with or without a car skidding outrageously across them, are spectacular.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Sins of Our Mother

    • 2022
    • Crime/detective
    • Documentary and factual
    • 15

    Summary:

    When Lori Vallow's kids vanished, the search for them unearthed a trail of suspicious deaths, a new husband who shared her doomsday views - and murder.

    Why watch Sins of Our Mother?:

    Skye Borgman, director of The Girl in the Picture and Abducted in Plain Sight, documents another tale of incredible US true crime with this three-parter. The story of Lori Vallow, who will stand trial next year for the murder of two of her children and her husband’s ex-wife, is one of multiple lies, betrayals and suspicious deaths, all of which begin when Vallow meets a new man whose “doomsday” beliefs are extreme, to say the least.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Gutsy

    • 2022
    • History
    • Documentary and factual

    Summary:

    A diverse cast of trailblazing women, set out to answer the question: what exactly does it take to be a Gutsy Woman?

    Why watch Gutsy?:

    Netflix has Barack and Michelle Obama; the US version of The Apprentice used to have Donald Trump. Now Apple TV+ gets its own potentially awkward crossover between TV and elite-level politics as Hillary Clinton, along with her daughter Chelsea, presents an eight-part documentary lauding America’s most inspirational women.

    Based on the Clintons’ bestseller The Book of Gutsy Women, the docu-series track the pair as travel the country, raising key issues and throwing out titbits about their mother/daughter dynamic. They’re helped in their quest by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Narco-Saints

    • 2022
    • Action
    • Drama

    Summary:

    A civilian businessman who has no choice but to cooperate with the secret operation of the National Intelligence Service to arrest the Korean drug lord who has taken control of Suriname in South America.

    Why watch Narco-Saints?:

    Netflix has had hits with Korean dramas. It’s had hits with dramas about South American drug lords. Why not combine the two? This rollicking saga follows a Korean businessman who becomes embroiled in a secret government mission to bring down one of his countrymen, who’s operating a lucrative narcotics business in Suriname. All the gun battles, explosions, betrayals and massive piles of cash and cocaine that you’d expect from the genre are there, but all with a new flavour.

    Jack Seale

    How to watch
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