Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 15th August 2014

This week our recommendations include some popular series that have recently returned to our screens. What classic shows would you love to see the return of?

Let us know what you plan to watch in the comments section below.

  • The Great British Bake Off (Series) – The much-loved baking competition is back for another year, as another dozen bakers battle it out to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. This year’s series sees the youngest and the oldest ever contestants. Catch up on the first two episodes of series 5 on BBC iPlayer.
  • The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (Documentary) – Last week saw the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and this two-part series from historian David Olusoga challenges our perceptions of the war with stories of the millions of Asian and African troops who were involved in the fighting. Both episodes of the documentary are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
  • Through the Keyhole (Series) – ITV’s remake of the classic game show is back for a second series. Hosted by Keith Lemon, the series so far has seen guests such as Cilla Black, Holly Willoughby and Terry Wogan attempting to guess the identity of celebrity homes. The first three episodes of the current series are on ITV Player.
  • Child Genius  (Series) – Hundreds of thousands of 18 year-olds received their A-Level results this week, but what about those extraordinary children who are simply too intelligent for their age? Run in association with British Mensa, this competition aims to find the UK’s number one child genius through various challenging rounds. The series includes a nine year-old who has already completed the first year of a university course. All four stages of the competition are available on 4oD.
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Movie) – See Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar-winning performance in this real-life tale of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, a bigoted Texas electrician who is forced to overcome his prejudices when he’s infected with HIV and realises that he and other sufferers are being denied effective treatment. One of the biggest films of 2013 is now available on Sky Store.
  • Big Brother (Series) – It’s the final of Big Brother on Channel 5 this week, but don’t worry if you’ve missed any of it because every episode of the 15th series of the reality show is available to watch on Demand 5.  
  • Couples Come Dine With Me (Series) – Couples from all over the country come together to host dinner parties in an exciting new twist on the popular and long-running dining show. Double the fun, and double the competitiveness! You can enjoy a whole month’s worth of the daily programme on 4oD.
  • Calvary (Movie) – Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish Catholic priest who is told during a confession that he is going to be killed in precisely one week by a man who was abused by a different priest as a child. Available now on Sky Store.
  • Football Fight Club (Documentary) – With the football season kicking off last weekend, this one-off documentary film speaks to some young football fans who like to kick off in a different way. Three young men from three different youth hooligan firms allow us into their lives, explaining why they do what they do and the effect it has on their relationships. Available until next week on BBC iPlayer.

Golden Oldie:

  • Good Will Hunting (Movie) – In memory of Robin Williams this week, our golden oldie had to be one of his many great films. Also starring a young Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this beautiful classic tells the story of a professor who discovers that an aimless janitor happens to be a math genius. Watch it on Netflix.
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  • Inaba-kun

    Why is there STILL no Amazon Instant Video app for UK Roku owners? If there is truth to the rumour that your grubby deal with Sky means we’ll never get an Amazon app, well, shame on you. At least there will be Android TV and Fire TV to look forward to.