Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 29th August 2014

The summer may be fizzling out but there are still loads of great shows and films to catch up on with your Roku streaming player. Here are just some of the highlights.

Let us know what you’re watching at the moment in the comments section.

  • Doctor Who (Series)Doctor Who returned to our screens last weekend with Peter Capaldi starring as the new doctor. He arrives in Victoria London to find a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Watch his debut on BBC iPlayer.
  • Reading and Leeds Festival – Reading and Leeds 2014 took place over the Bank Holiday Weekend with Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys among the headline acts. You can catch up on the highlights, including full sets from all the headliners, on BBC iPlayer now.
  • The Great War – The People’s Story (Series) – One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, this dramatised documentary starring Daniel Mays and Alison Steadman uses the diaries, letters and memoirs of the men and women who were caught up in the conflict. The first three episodes are available to watch on ITV Player.
  • Dogs: Their Secret Lives (Series) – Using surveillance filming, working closely with the UK’s leading behaviourists and exploring the latest science, Mark Evans examines what our dogs get up to while we’re out, and how to keep them happy in the modern British home. The first two episodes look at the issues of obesity and aggressive behaviour among dogs, and are available to view on 4oD.
  • Match of the Day at 50 (documentary) – With the new football season now in full swing, Match of the Day celebrates 50 years since it was first aired. This documentary charts the history of this iconic programme, with classic clips and interviews with some of football’s biggest names on what makes the show so special. Available on BBC iPlayer.   
  • Educating Yorkshire: One Year On (documentary) – This special one-off programme revisits the Thornhill teachers and students one year after they made such an impact on the nation, and follows a selection of the students on results day as they find out how they did in their GCSEs. Watch it now on 4oD.
  • On the Yorkshire Buses (series) – Continuing with the Yorkshire theme, this documentary series follows East Yorkshire Motor Services, Britain’s biggest family-run bus company. The first seven episodes of the series are all available to watch on Demand 5.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (movie) – The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, continue their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The second instalment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy has just been added to Netflix.
  • Gravity (movie) – With seven Oscars to its name, this nail-biting space thriller has an irresistible pull. When debris hits their shuttle, astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are helplessly catapulted into space, with little chance of survival. You can see it now on NOW TV.

Golden Oldie:

  • The Great Escape (Movie) – Following the death of Richard Attenborough, this week’s ‘golden oldie’ is one of his most famous films. Attenborough stars alongside Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in John Sturges’s classic about a group of Allied prisoners who plan a mass breakout from a Nazi PoW camp. You can watch the 1963 film on Sky Store.  
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