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.
- 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.
Whether he played a housekeeper, doctor, magical genie or even a version of Peter Pan, Robin Williams truly captured the hearts of us all.
To honor him, we’ve pulled together our 10 favorite Robin Williams movies.
- Mrs. Doubtfire (Movie, 1993) – Estranged from his wife, an out of work actor masquerades as a nanny to be with his children. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
- Good Will Hunting (Movie, 1997) – Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. Available on Blockbuster On Demand.
- The Birdcage (Movie, 1996) – In Miami Beach a gay couple pretend to be man and wife when a son’s future father-in-law and family visit. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- The Fisher King (Movie, 1991) – An unhinged Manhattan talk-radio host meets a mad knight of the streets seeking his own Holy Grail. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
- Dead Poets Society (Movie, 1989) – A teacher at New England prep school uses unconventional methods to instill spirit into the lives of his students. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand and Vudu.
- Aladdin (Movie, 1992) – Aladdin, a street urchin, accidentally meets Princess Jasmine, who is in the city undercover. They love each other, but she can only marry a prince. Not available to stream.
- What Dreams May Come (Movie, 1998) – A man explores a lush, vivid afterlife and tries to reunite with his beloved wife. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Patch Adams (Movie, 1998) – A doctor, once a psychiatric patient, uses his humor and unconventional methods in his practice. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Good Morning Vietnam (Movie, 1987) – In 1965, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer turns Armed Forces Radio on its ear with his irreverent brand of humor. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand and Vudu.
- Hook (Movie, 1991) – Aided by Tinker Bell, a corporate lawyer turns into Peter Pan to rescue his children from Captain Hook. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
- Even though it’s not a movie, we had to include Mork & Mindy – available on Hulu Plus.
It’s time to saddle up for some epic westerns (a special request from our reader Rick!) and hero flicks this weekend. Isn’t it amazing that some of these films are more than 50 years old, yet they still manage to awe and inspire? Perhaps that is one reason that John Wayne continues to be one of our most searched for actors on Roku.
- The Searchers (Movie, 1956) – A Confederate veteran and his part- Cherokee partner search five years for a kidnapped girl. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- El Dorado (Movie, 1966) – An old gunfighter, a drifter and a deputy sober up a sheriff to track down killers. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- 3:10 to Yuma (Movie, 2007) – A rancher and the captive outlaw in his charge learn to respect each other on a dangerous journey to catch a train. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Django Unchained (Movie, 2012) – A former slave joins forces with the German bounty hunter who freed him and helps hunt down the South’s most-wanted criminals, all in the hope of finding his long-lost love. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
- Hatfields & McCoys (TV Miniseries, 2012) – A true American story of a legendary family feud that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
- The Killing Season 4 (TV Show, 2011) – There’s no sunshine for a detective when a girl’s killer is free. And the case is getting colder by the second. Season finale now available on Netflix.
- Mad Max (Movie, 1979) – In an Australia of the not-too-distant future, a police officer strikes back against motorized menaces to what is left of society after a nuclear holocaust. Recently released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Spice World (Movie, 1998) – An all-girl musical group, The Spice Girls, prepares for a live performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Shooter (Movie, 2007) – Reluctantly pressed into service again, a former military sniper plots revenge against his powerful foes after being betrayed and wounded. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Rocky (Movie, 1976) – Heavyweight champ Apollo Creed gives Philadelphia club fighter Rocky Balboa a title shot. Newly released on Netflix and also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
The school holidays are in full swing and many parents will be wondering how to keep the kids entertained, particularly on rainy days. This is why we have dedicated this week’s blog to the best children’s content you can stream this summer on Roku!
Let us know what your kids like to watch on Roku in the comments box below.
- Rio 2 (Movie) - It’s fiesta time again as we rejoin city parrot Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his free-spirited other half Jewel (Anne Hathaway) for their second South American escapade. In this fine-feathered adventure, Blu takes his fledgling family to the Amazon for a taste of the great outdoors. From the familiar quirky characters and toe-tapping score to the fast-moving visuals and plot, it’s a rip-snorting odyssey that even brings them beak-to-beak with Blu’s old nemesis, cocky cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement). Stream in now on Sky Store.
- Harriet’s Army (Series) – Harriet’s Army – drama series set during World War I in which 14-year-old Harriet forms her own army of misfit children to search for spies. Available on CBBC iPlayer.
- Officially Amazing (Series) – Ben Shires, Al Jackson and Haruka Kuroda once again travel the world to find the greatest official world record attempts, and world record holders out there. Catch series one on CBBC iPlayer.
- Kate and Mim-Mim (Series) – Animated series about feisty five-year-old Kate and her huggable toy bunny Mim-Mim. Kate and Mim-Mim help their friends catch a surprise sapling seed. Watch it now on CBeebies iPlayer.
- Mr. Men (Series) – Meet Mr. Bump, the most accident-prone man in Dillydale; Little Miss Whoops, who despite her propensity for disaster would feel no unease transporting fragile items while driving a bus; Mr. Small, who is often over-looked or not seen at all and Little Miss Naughty, who “just can’t help herself”. Catch this updated classic on Demand 5.
- Swashbuckle (Series) – In this latest pirate-themed game show, it’s Captain Sinker’s birthday and Cook and Line are throwing her a surprise party! Available now on CBeebies iPlayer.
- Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (Series) – Meet fairy princess Holly and her elf best friend Ben. Holly is still learning how to do magic, Ben can’t do magic, but is very brave! Watch on demand on Nick Jr. using Now TV.
- The Haunted Hathaways – A family move into a house that’s already occupied by another family, and a whole bunch of ghosts! Available now on Nickelodeon using Now TV.
- Sanjay and Craig (Series) – Watch the whole first series now on Nickelodeon using Now TV and watch as Sanjay gets up to all sorts of mischief with his best friend Craig.
- A Tiger’s Tail (Movie) - When baby tiger cub Luna escapes from an animal sanctuary and hides in his school rucksack, it’s up to young Billy (Will Spencer) to get the escape critter back to home. However, it’s not that easy as Luna proves to be a handful and proceeds to run riot through Billy’s house. Catch it now on Sky Store.
Football lovers have even more to look forward to this season. NFL Now is available on Roku today!
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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.
This week we’re kicking off our list with some thrilling science fiction flicks that will give you to a reason stay inside. Beat the heat and travel to distant fantasy worlds!
- Star Trek Into Darkness (Movie, 2013) - When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they encounter an unstoppable force of terror. New friends and enemies are constantly being made in the final frontier. The hard part is figuring out who to trust. Available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Continuum Season 3 (TV Show, 2012) - A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in the present day. She infiltrates the local police department and attempts to track down terrorists before they execute their attack. Recently released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, M-GO and Vudu.
- Lost Girl Season 4 (TV Show, 2010) - A succubus feeds on the sexual energy of mortals. Growing up with human parents, Bo embarks on a personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin. Newly available on Netflix, also on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
- The Samaritan (Movie, 2012) - After many years in prison, a former grafter tries to go straight, but the son of his former partner insists on learning the game and relieving a feared gangster. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video.
- Christmas with the Kranks (Movie, 2004) - A Chicago couple scrambles to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to come home for Christmas. Newly released on Netflix and also available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- FrackNation (Movie, 2013) - Proponents of the drilling process known as fracking claim that activists and the media have suppressed facts. The film seeks to address concerns about the process, and uncover the truth about its risk. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Empire State (Movie, 2012) - A security guard and his childhood pal make plans to rob an armored car. An inside job with 11 million dollars on the line. His motives are noble, but his actions are criminal. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Arrow Season 1 (TV Show, 2012) - A bow and arrow and chip on his shoulder. In his wealthy superhero’s hands, they’re all he needs to fight crime. This 2012 season debut of “Arrow” brought the highest ratings its network had seen in three years. Newly released on Netflix, also available on Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.
- 21 Jump Street (Movie, 2012) - Two cops must confront their teenage angst all over again when they go under cover as high school students. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and also available on Blockbuster, M-GO, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
- Mixology Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) - At a chic Manhattan bar, closing time means decision time, but not everyone’s going home with their first choice. Newly released on Netflix and also available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Time Warner and Vudu.
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With all the crazy summer weather going on across the country, this week we’re leading our list with two newcomers set against apocalyptic storms –one from waaaay back and one from the future. By ark or by train, we promise you’ll be fully entertained.
- Noah (Movie, 2014) - God chooses Noah, Russell Crowe, to build an ark and save the animals and his family from an apocalyptic flood. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Snowpiercer (Movie, 2014) - A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning super train. One man will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the planet. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Movie, 2014) - Young Jack Ryan goes from being a CIA analyst to a spy after he uncovers a Russia plot to crash the U.S. economy. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
- Homefront (Movie, 2013) - Watch a former DEA agent, Jason Statham return to action to save his daughter and his new town from a drug-dealing sociopath, James Franco. Available on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Dom Hemingway (Movie, 2013) - After serving 12 years in prison, a skilled safecracker, Jude Law, seeks payback and a chance to reconcile with his daughter, Emilia Clarke. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
- Hitch (Movie, 2005) - A smooth- talking man, Will Smith, falls for a hardened columnist, while helping a shy accountant woo a beautiful heiress. Newly released on Netflix and also available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Redbox Instant.
- Billy Elliot (Movie, 2000) - A working class youngster in 1984 England discovers a hidden talent for dance with the help of a hard-bitten teacher. Last chance to watch this free featured movie on Crackle (7/31), but newly added to Amazon Instant Video and also available on M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
- Baby Daddy Season 3 (TV Show, 2012) - A young man becomes a surprise dad when an ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl at his doorstep. Newly released on Netflix and available on Amazon Instant Video.
- Melissa & Joey Season 3 (TV Show, 2010) - After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew Ryder, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s new male nanny. Newly released on Netflix and available on Amazon Instant Video.
- Hell on Wheels Season 3 (TV Show, 2011) - Watch this American Western television series about the construction of the First Continental Railroad across the United States. Follow Cullen Bohannan, a former soldier and slaveholder track and the killers of his wife and bring him to the middle of the one of the biggest projects in United States history. Newly released on Netflix, and also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are underway and you can catch 24 hour coverage on Roku using the BBC Sport channel. However if sports isn’t your thing, there is lots more to watch on your Roku streaming player.
Let us know what you watch in the comments box below.
- The Honourable Women (Series) – A drama series new to BBC iPlayer, businesswoman Nessa Stein is made a life peer for her work promoting Middle East Peace, but a sinister chain of events changes everything. Watch episode 1, The Empty Chair now.
- Jackass presents: Bad Grandpa (Movie) - Johnny Knoxville plays 86-year-old Irving Zisman, a sex-obsessed octogenarian who takes his eight years old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) on a road trip to meet his estranged, deadbeat father. During their journey Irving takes time out to party with male strippers, make romantic overtures to bingo players and to persuade Billy to enter a beauty pageant. Catch the extended version on Now TV.
- Endeavour (Series) - A crime drama series following the early days of a young Endeavour Morse, whose experiences as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police will ultimately shape his future. In season 2 a baffling suicide, an anguished father searching for his missing daughter and the robbery of medieval treasures strain the talents of DC Morse. Season 2 is available now on ITV Player.
- The Lego Movie – Lowly builder Emmet is mistakenly chosen to lead the rebellion against President Business (Will Ferrell), an evil tyrant who plans to put the entire Lego World under his control. With Emmet assisted by wise Vitruvius action girl Wyldstyle, her boyfriend Batman the foundations are laid for a laugh a minute plot. Rent the Lego Movie with Sky Store today and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a family trip to LEGOLAND in Denmark.
- The Big Wedding (Movie) – Robert De’Niro and Diane Keaton star as a long divorced couple faking years of wedded bliss at their son’s nuptials, much to the amusement of their friends and family in order to please an unexpected guest. With all of the wedding guests watching they are forced to confront their past, present and future together. Available now on Netflix.
- The 100 (Series) – A group of 100 juvenile delinquents are sent down from a dying space station called the “Ark “ to planet Earth as test subjects 97 years after experiencing a nuclear war, to find out if the Earth is habitable once again. It is their responsibility to determine the fate of the surviving humans on the Ark before it is too late. Catch up with season one on 4oD.
- Barefoot (Movie) – A warm-hearted remake of the German film Barfuss, a rebellious son who is the black sheep of a wealthy family, courts a psychiatric patient. Taking her to his brother’s wedding in New Orleans, hoping to prove that he’s sorted his life out while she impresses the family with her genuine, if unstable charm. Available now on Sky Store.
- House of Cards (Series) – Betrayed by the White House, Congressman Francis Underwood embarks on a ruthless rise to power. Blackmail, seduction and ambition are his weapons. When the newly elected president reneges on a promise, Francis and Claire decide to sever all alliances and throw the rules out of the window. Watch it now on Netflix.
- World’s Worst Holiday Horrors (Series) – This series explores the holidays of a lifetime…when they go wrong. In this opening episode, a relaxing cruise around the world famous Albert Dock leaves a family fighting for survival, after their vessel sinks in seconds with all 31 passengers still on board. A Dutch couple are trapped on an Italian beach, when a huge wildfire cuts off their escape and threatens to engulf 4000 fellow holidaymakers. Catch up with the series now on Demand 5.
A Golden Oldie:
- Matilda (1996) – Danny DeVito directs this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s darkly delicious children’s fantasy about the daughter of selfish parents who discovers she has magical powers. Mrs Doubtfire’s Mara Wilson is spellbinding as the gifted youngster while Pam ‘Where The Heart Is’ Ferris terrifies as her child-hating headmistress. DeVito also appears as one of the many monstrous grown-ups, along with his then-wife Rhea Perlman (Carla from Cheers). A delightfully twisted fairy-tale – and not just for kids.