September hoves into view and TV fans right across the UK might feel that a few good streaming binge sessions of some brand new content will help ease them into autumn.
So what does Amazon Prime Video UK have on its menu of goodies to help consumers fill the darkening evenings? Well, currently, not much it would appear. That’s not to say there won’t be plenty arriving throughout the month - we’re sure there will be - it’s just that Prime Video UK has been a touch quiet about its upcoming September slate.
That could just be down to the hubbub building for one of its most successful shows, The Boys, which is returning with a bloody, sweary fanfare on 4th Sep for its second season. Perhaps Amazon feels its arrival will eclipse many of its other offerings and so is prepared to wait until the superheroes-are-jerks series lands before announcing anything else.
Or it could be that the coronavirus induced production hiatus has finally started to eat into the streamer’s reserves and rationing is now in order.
Whatever the reason for the relative lack of content announcements for UK viewers, we’ll take what information we have and make it available so readers can at least see some of what’s expected.
As always, we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible so bear that in mind if you see content mentioned elsewhere that we’ve not included - it could be that other listings include wider Prime Video territories. In addition, remember, start dates can change and shows can even get pulled at the last minute due to licensing snafus.
With all that said, let’s draw back Amazon Prime UK’s September curtain.
All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur (2020, Amazon Original Docu-series)
We’ll squeeze this one in as it was missed off our August listing. The Prime Video All or Nothing brand of sports documentaries has spent seasons with American NFL teams, the Brazilian national football team, Premier League titans Manchester United and even the New Zealand All Blacks.
Now it’s time to view Tottenham Hotspurs’ 2019-20 season as they shed themselves of Mauricio Pochettino, who was directly at odds with Chairman Daniel Levy and dead set against this filmed project, only to have José Mourinho parachuted in the following day. Add to this the more serious consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on sport everywhere, the brand new 62,000-seater stadium in North London and the club’s extensive work in helping to transform the local area and this could be an interesting watch even for non Premier League fans.
Tom Hardy hopefully won't be doing the narration for the nine-part series in his Bane voice though.
You do have to pity the production team though and wonder how they ever managed to get the notoriously publicity shy Mourinho to come out of his shell after so little time in the role.
Tennis: U.S. Open Grand Slam Event
Aside from an agreed pause in play to mark solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, the former Cincinnati Masters - now renamed the Western and Southern Open - has run pretty smoothly, albeit with a lack of atmosphere behind closed doors.
This event serves (ahem) as preparation for players in the run up to the US Open which starts on 31st August and, after the postponement of Roland Garros and the cancellation of Wimbledon earlier in the year, is now only the second tennis Grand Slam of 2020 after the Australian Open in January. Luckily players don’t have to travel far to get to New York’s Flushing Meadows Tennis Centre where the tournament takes place as the Western and Southern Open was moved from its traditional home in Cincinnati temporarily to New York in order to maintain a quarantine bubble for players and their teams.
Despite safety measures, a number of high profile players have pulled out of the competition including defending champion Rafael Nadal, fiery Aussie Nick Kyrios and Japan’s Kei Nishikori on the men’s side, while on the women’s side Simona Halep, Kiki Bertens, Jelena Ostapenko and champion Bianca Andreescu will be missing.
There’s still the prospect of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams to look forward to though.
The Boys (2020, S2, Amazon Prime Original Series, Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi. Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr). New episodes released every Friday.
A group of vigilantes, led by Billy Butcher, sets out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers but who are revered by the public and protected by the corporations that exploit their godlike status. Season two sees the eponymous Boys on the run and in disarray while the Vought company capitalises on the panic over the threat of Supervillians. Can Billy get his team back in the game?
The first season was a runaway success for Amazon with the adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel overseen by the successful Preacher team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who were joined by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke.
Revelling in its adult approach to the superhero genre, The Boys throws around f-bombs-a-plenty and the gruesome bloodshed seems to have found favour with audiences enough that a third season has already been commissioned.
Mistresses (2013-16, S1-4 Series, Drama, Romance, Drama)
Follows the scandalous lives of a group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery as they brave the turbulent journey of illicit and complex relationships together.
Based on the UK 2008-10 series of the same name, it was always intended to end with a 5th season finale but the show was cancelled at the end of the fourth, so the entire saga is available here.
Fleabag (2019, S2, Amazon Original Series, Comedy, Drama. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's BAFTA-winning comedy is a funny and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Based on her one woman show, Waller-Bridge portrays the woman, who is never given a name on camera, as unfiltered, free-spirited and confused and who frequently breaks the fourth wall.
Kevin Bridges: The Brand New Show (2018, Comedy, Standup)
Kevin Bridges returned to the stage in 2018 with his sell out new show, The Brand New Tour. The show was filmed as part of Kevin's UK and Ireland tour and includes his 19 night residency at the Glasgow Hydro and sees him comment on the modern world, social media, anxiety, religion, conversations with his dog and having Barack Obama as his support act.
Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast (2018, Comedy, Standup)
Sarah Millican is a control enthusiast not a control freak and here she’s funny, frank and unapologetically filthy about road rage, her IBS, her favourite word and how she lets her husband know "tonight’s the night."
Utopia (2020, S1, Amazon Prime Original Series, Action, Drama, Mystery. Desmin Borges, Dan Byrd, John Cusack, Rainn Wilson)
A group of young adults, who meet online, get a hold of a cult underground graphic novel called ‘The Utopia Experiments’. As they unearth hidden meanings cloaked within its pages predicting threats to humanity, they come into the crosshairs of a sinister deep state organisation which aims to silence anyone who has seen the manuscript, but it also burdens them with the dangerous task of saving the world now that they know what dangers await mankind.
Reaching Amazon via a circuitous route, Utopia was originally created back in 2013 by writer Dennis Kelly and ran for two seasons on Channel 4, featuring the likes of Ian McDiarmid, Stephen Rea and James Fox. After an aborted attempt by David Fincher to get the project adapted at HBO, Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn took the reins and got the production up and running for Amazon.
The plot deals with shadowy cabals and topical ‘fall of civilisation’ tropes which might strike a chord with politically and socially savvy audiences but the reliance on a virus as a narrative driver might push viewers to tire of an end-of-the-world scenario that already appears to be with us.
We shall see.
Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dir. Jake Kasdan)
Four teenagers in detention are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. To do that though they must first learn about Jumanji’s rules and their own avatars’ skills and weaknesses or risk being stuck in the game forever.
The idea of a sequel to the beloved Robin Williams vehicle from 1995 had been talked about for years following the original’s success but received push back from fans after Williams’s death. However, once producers smartly updated the game’s parameters for contemporary audiences and it became clear that Welcome to The Jungle was being produced as a continuation of the Jumanji universe (Jon Favreau’s Zathura: A Space Adventure being officially the second in the series), it paved the way for impressive box office returns, decent critical notices and a whole lot of fun acting against type - take a bow, Mr Johnson!
Bombshell (2019, True Life, Drama. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Dir. Jay Roach)
Three ambitious and successful women who anchor one of America’s most powerful news networks, join together to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes when the toxic, misogynistic and repressive atmosphere he presided over, and openly condoned, becomes too much to bear.
Riding powerfully on the #MeToo movement, Bombshell features a brace of awards worthy performances and some startling make up that sees Charlize Theron disappear totally into the character of Megyn Kelly who was infamously on the receiving end of disparaging remarks from Donald Trump when she challenged him over comments he made that were inadvertently caught on mic on the Access Hollywood programme.
Director Jay Roach has started to move away from his initial Meet The Parents, Austin Powers and Dinner For Schmucks style comedies, finding a home in true life dramatisations such as this and 2015’s Trumbo.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017, Action, Comedy, Crime. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek)
The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hitman who must testify at the International Criminal Court. However, the relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
A sequel, The Hitman's Wife’s Bodyguard, featuring the three main protagonists, is in the works which kinda tells you how this one ends up.
Trailer is NSFW:
The Nun (2018, Horror Mystery, Thriller. Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Dir. Corin Hardy)
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
The 5th entry in James Wan’s highly successful ‘Conjuring’ universe, The Nun continues with the Valak character from 2016’s The Conjuring 2. It was hugely successful around the world, grossing $365 million against a $22 million production budget and remains the highest grossing horror film in twelve territories including the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia and UAE.
A sequel, unsurprisingly, is in the works.
All In: The Fight For Democracy (2020, Amazon Original Documentary)
The documentary takes a look at the history, and current activism against voter suppression; barriers to voting that most people don't even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.
The Gentlemen (2019, Action, Comedy, Crime. Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Dir. Guy Ritchie)
An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.
Clueless (1995, Comedy, Romance. Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Dir. Amy Heckerling)
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.
A clever reshaping of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel Emma, this catapulted Alicia Silverstone to (albeit short lived) international stardom and was warmly received by audiences and critics alike.
Queen & Slim (2019, Crime, Drama, Romance. Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Dir. Melina Matsoukas)
Pulled over for a minor traffic violation which escalates with terrible consequences, a young black couple on their first date find themselves on the run, terrified and in fear for their lives. As their plight is exposed through an online video of the incident, the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country and the two unlikely fugitives discover themselves, and each other, as a result of the dire and desperate circumstances.
Queen & Slim is a racially-charged variation on Thelma & Louise that presciently reflects the current topical climate without an overtly preachy polemic.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 15th September
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) 15th September
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) 15th September
Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy on Amazon goes into full Middle-earth battle mode with Sky Cinema which is showing his other trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, from 18-20th September. So if you want to indulge in a chronologically correct, 6 movie, 17.2 hour marathon between the two streaming services, now’s your chance… to rethink your priorities.
The Bourne Identity (2002) 17th September
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) 18th September
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 19th September
Although Paul Greegrass’s verite visual stylings and zippy editing helped define the Bourne experience and imparts a breathless, kinetic rawness, it’s Doug Liman’s Identity that pips the two excellent sequels. The amnesiac discovering his shocking past is memorably brought to life by a superb Matt Damon who utterly convinces in both the whip-quick fight scenes and as he grapples with the dawning realisation of who … and what, he is. Franke Potente is a terrific foil as the reluctant travelling companion who commits to the cause and the supporting cast flesh out even the most fleeting of characters.
Plus there’s beautifully stark cinematography which brings the wintry European landscapes to life and John Powell’s often haunting score.
So that wraps up September on Amazon Prime Video UK, As new content is added, we’ll update the listing so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out. In the meantime, why not leave a comment and let us know what you’re looking forward to, what you’ve enjoyed and maybe what was disappointing.