The summer is all but over, but darker nights are a great excuse for curling up on the sofa to watch the best that your Roku streaming player can offer. Here are some of our top picks for the coming week.
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- Clean Bandit Symphony (documentary) – BBC Radio 1 and the BBC Philharmonic present the Clean Bandit Symphony live from BBC North – a unique collaboration between one of the UK’s most exciting artists and its most accomplished orchestras. Available on BBC iPlayer only until the 17th of September, so get watching.
- Hot Tub Britain (documentary) – Documentary examining the growing attraction of the hot tub in Britain and the £10 million family business in Blackpool which is the country’s biggest hot tub superstore. See the first episode now on ITV player.
- Robocop (2014) (movie) – The classic 1987 futuristic action film has been brought back to life by director José Padilha, with Joel Kinnaman as the critically wounded Detroit detective who is rebuilt by the global OmniCorp as a crime-fighting cyborg. The 2014 remake is available at half price on Sky Store until 22nd September.
- The Motorway: Life in the Fast Lane (documentary) – A new series following one of the busiest stretches of road in Britain, where the country’s longest motorway, the M6, meets four other major routes. You can catch up on the first episode on BBC iPlayer now.
- Cycling la Vuelta a Espana (sport) – The race that follows on from the famed Tour de France reaches stage 17. This is the last real chance for the sprinters in this year’s Vuelta, often providing the most interesting finishes. You can watch full highlights from this year’s race on ITV Player and catch up on Chris Froome’s return.
- Educating the East End (series) – After the success of Educating Yorkshire, it’s the turn of Frederick Bremer School in East London to be thrust into the national spotlight. The series looks at playground high jinks, inspirational lessons and life-changing friendships and events. The first episode, available on 4oD, introduces us to headmaster Jenny Smith, her staff and some lively pupils.
- Louis Theroux: The Ultra Zionists (series) – As the current problems in Palestine rage on, this documentary from 2011 shows Louis spending time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers who want to populate the West Bank. This episode is part of an extensive series that can be watched fully on NetFlix and highlights many of the issues in the unsettled area.
- World’s Worst Journeys From Hell (documentary) – This new documentary reveals the moments when things go spectacularly wrong, capturing all the drama. The stories are retold moment by moment and journey by journey in this breathtaking documentary. Catch up now on Demand 5.
- Two Players (series) – Episode 8 features Made in Chelsea star Jamie Lang and fashion blogger Bip Ling kicking back on a sofa for a chat whilst playing some of the newest, best and worst video games. All episodes are available on 4od and last for just 5 minutes each, so are great if you are limited for time.
- Trading Places – This comedy classic from 1983 stars Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd as a fast-talking lowlife and a squeaky-clean stockbroker who have their lives completely switched around by the meanest, greediest brothers on Wall Street. This highly rated comedy is available to watch instantly on NOW TV.