Had a look at the regular TV listings for this weekend and found nothing of interest? Never fear, that’s why we suggest switching to a streaming service on a platform like Roku to check out what shows and movies are available on demand.
There are plenty of entertainment nuggets both free and as part of a subscription, on services such as Netflix, NOW TV and even the main broadcaster’s own catch-up offerings, like iPlayer and All 4, and we’ve scoured the channels and apps to bring you our pick of five to check out.
They are all currently available and there’s hopefully something for everyone. So grab some popcorn or a bag of Maltesers and settle down for these.
The multiple Oscar-winning drama comes to NOW TV for those with a Sky Movies Pass and you can find out exactly why it was so critically acclaimed on its cinematic release last year.
The Spider-Man trilogy’s J Jonah Jameson, JK Simmons, won the best supporting actor Academy Award and his portrayal of bully music professor Fletcher is about as far removed from his other most famous role. It is a powerful film that stays with you long after the closing credits.
(Google Play, Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand)
Now available to buy for around a tenner on Google Play and Sainsbury’s own digital video service is one of the summer’s surprise hits, Spy.
With James Bond’s latest outing about to hit cinemas, you could warm yourself up with the gag-a-minute knock-about comedy antics of Melissa McCarthy as she plays CIA-analyst turned superspy who has to, in her own splendidly funny way, save the world.
The second series of Fargo has kicked off, with Channel 4 nabbing the rights and therefore adding it to its catch-up line-up on the All 4 platform. You can watch episode one now.
Even if you missed season one, like True Detective each series of the show based on the Coen brothers film features all-new characters and an all-new cast, so you should be able to jump right in. And with major roles for Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Ted Danson (Cheers) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) it’s well worth it.
Beasts of No Nation
As Netflix’s first original film, there are a lot of eyes on Beasts of No Nation and thankfully it delivers. Utterly.
The tale of a young orphan drafted into an African mercenary army is astounding. It will test your emotions throughout with incredible performances by Abraham Attah as child soldier Agu and Britain’s own Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) as the evil warlord in charge. Some are even tipping this Netflix-funded film for Oscar glory.
WWE Hell in a Cell 2015
Traditionally one of the year’s biggest WWE pay-per-view events, Hell in a Cell features the infamous roofed cage that has provided many a classic moment over the years. Indeed, it was in such a cell in 1998 that Mankind took on the Undertaker in what is thought to be one of the best matches of all time.
In it, Mankind (Mick Foley) ended with one of his own teeth sticking through his nose and while we can’t expect anything quite so violent in a more PG-13 2015, the Undertaker again takes centre stage – this time in a feud-ending match up with Brock Lesnar that has been months in the making.
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