Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 1st August 2014

This week was reportedly the busiest week of the year for travel. Whether jetting off abroad or going on a family road trip, travel is stressful, particularly during peak periods. That’s why we like staycationing. It’s cheaper, stress-free and fun! To get your staycation off to the best start check out our streaming recommendations for this week.

Let us know what you watch in the comments box below.

  • The Cruise Ship – ITV’s latest reality TV series is a four-part documentary about life on-board Britain’s most famous cruise liner, the Royal Princess. Exploding with warmth, humour and charm, this observational documentary gives a fascinating insight into life at sea. First three episodes are available to view on ITV Player.
  • Pop Slam! – This CBBC series is sure to get some debates going among the kids in your house. Amberley Lobo takes 18 massive pop acts, including Ellie Goulding and One Direction, and pits them against each other in nine head-to-head rounds. Talking to the people who know them best, she looks at how they made it big, how hard they have been working and how glamorous their lifestyles have become. The winner of each round walks away with an Ambo, before the final show in which the Ultimate Pop Slam Champion will win the Mega Ambo. All nine rounds plus the final are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer
  • Dragons’ Den – The BBC’s hit series is back for its 12th series, with another batch of budding entrepreneurs pitching business ideas to the multimillionaire Dragons. The first two episodes of the new series are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
  • Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (movie) – This animated adventure sees Marvel’s Black Widow tracking down an arms dealer. Her vigilante ally Punisher (Brian Bloom) wants to kill him off but she suspects that – alive – he may lead them to global terrorist group Leviathan. Nick Fury (John Eric Bentley) decides to let them both go as reluctant allies on a mission that will see Black Widow’s past coming back to haunt her. Available on Sky Store.
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me (Movie) – If your daughter is a Katy Perry fan, she’ll love this movie. The American pop star is captured on and offstage in this revealing diary of her California Dreams Tour, featuring her Los Angeles performances. Available on Netflix.
  • The Inbetweeners (Series) – The Inbetweeners 2 movie is released in cinemas next week, so why not familiarise yourself with the award-winning comedy series again? If you’ve never seen it before, it’s not too late to get to know Will, Jay, Neil and Simon as they try – and fail spectacularly – to navigate the wretched no-man’s land of adolescence. All three series can be watched on Netflix.
  • Online and Lying – This ground-breaking documentary is relevant to both parents and children. Emily Hartridge investigates why our online lives are so different from our real ones, and what effect this has on us and our friends and family. Over the four episodes, she meets with victims and perpetrators of identity fraud and catfishing, goes online dating, gets a criminal to apologise, visits a psychotherapist and explores how her own experience of being an online celebrity has affected how she sees herself and is seen by others. Available now on 4oD.
  • Superstar DJs: with Annie Mac… – Radio 1’s dance music queen Annie Mac travels the globe to explore the modern cultural phenomenon of the Superstar DJ, looking at the evolution of the DJ from small clubs to stadiums. In the six-part series she meets some of the most influential names in dance music, including Fatboy Slim and Disclosure. You can catch up on the last few episodes on 4oD now.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Movie) – The son of Poseidon returns for this second instalment in the fantasy franchise, this time using his demigod skills to find the mythical Golden Fleece. With their sanctuary Camp Half-Blood under threat from evil forces, Percy and his fantastical friends must overcome zombie cab drivers, vengeful former allies and toothsome ocean dwellers. Watch it now on Now TV.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Jane Eyre (1997) – Charlotte Bronte’s classic story, adapted by Kay Mellor. Jane Eyre takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, but finds herself falling in love with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Starring Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds. Catch this classic on ITV Player.
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