Both Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video impressed with their content for April, so is it unreasonable to expect more of the same for May?
Updated 19-Apr-2021 Disney+:
500 Days of Summer (7th May) - Dog: Impossible S1 (7th May) - Glass (7th May) - New Girl S1-7 (7th May) - The Story of God with Morgan Freeman S1-3 (7th May) - Unbreakable (7th May) - Unstoppable (7th May)
911 Rescue Cops S1 (14th May) - Anastasia (14th May) - An Affair to Remember (14th May) - ESPN 30 for 30 (14th May) - Fancy Nancy S2 (14th May) - Sadie Sparks S1 (14th May) - Station 19 S1-3 (14th May) - The Art of Getting By (14th May) - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (14th May) - This Means War (14th May)
Akashinga: The Brave Ones (21st May) - Angel S1-5 (21st May) - Drugs Inc. Dealer POV (21st May) - Gulliver's Travels (21st May) - Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. S1 (21st May) - Raising Arizona (21st May) - Raven's Home S4 Ep1-9 (21st May) - The Monuments Men (21st May) - To Catch a Smuggler (21st May) - Water For Elephants (21st May)
12 Rounds (28th May) - Aquamarine (28th May) - Bluey S2 Ep 25-52 (28th May) - Choke (28th May) - Keeping up with the Joneses (28th May) - Let's Be Cops (28th May) - Little Miss Sunshine (28th May) - Science of Stupid S8 (28th May) - The Art of Racing in the Rain (28th May) - The Cave (28th May) - When Sharks Attack S1-5 (28th May)
Updated 22-Apr-2021 Amazon Prime Video:
The Boy from Medellin (7th May) - Solos (21st May) - Panic S1 (28th May)
Updated 30-Apr-2021 Amazon Prime Video:
Gogglebox S14 (1st May) - John Wick: Chapter 2 (3rd May) - Grey's Anatomy S16 (4th May) - Honest Thief (7th May) - Unfriended (7th May) - The Curse of La Llorona (9th May) - Stormbreaker (13th May) - The Secret in Their Eyes (18th May) - Pitch Perfect 2 (19th May) - Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (19th May) - Holmes & Watson (20th May) - Unleashed (24th May) - Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (26th May) - All the Money in the World (30th May)
Updated 13-May-2021 Apple TV+: Trying S2 (moved to 21st May) - The Me you Can't See (21st May) - 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (21st May)
After Disney+ UK and Prime Video UK hit the streaming balls out of the park in April with - between them - powerful BAFTA awards winning/nominated dramas (Nomadland, Sound of Metal, The Mauritanian), Genndy Tartakovsky’s acclaimed Clone Wars mini series, Jim Henson’s ahead-of-its-time Dinosaurs, and the eagerly awaited time loop comedy Palm Springs, it’s perhaps only to be expected that May’s output might fall a little short in comparison.
Of course, with Disney still going the largely traditional route of adding weekly episodes for its big series there’ll be new viewing for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Big Shot, Filthy Rich, Solar Opposites and the Grown-ish series, But what about brand new content coming to Disney+ and Amazon Prime in the UK? We take a look at what the streamers have got lined up.
And for something a little different, we’ll also take a look at a couple of new series that are coming to Apple TV+ during May.
As ever, although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, streaming dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get pulled or added at the very last minute by the streamers themselves as they sort out licensing issues.
We’ll keep updating the article as new content gets announced, so please check back.
The Bad Batch (2021, S1, Disney+ Animated Series) - new episodes every Friday
First introduced in season 7 of Clone Wars (the CGI animated Star Wars series which is already available on Disney+), the Bad Batch are a group of elite experimental clones - officially, Clone Force 99 - each with a genetic mutation that leads to a particular specialised skill and which distinguishes them from their clone army brethren and makes them a formidable fighting team.
The squad consists of Hunter, Wrecker, Tech, Crosshair and Echo and the series finds the brothers in arms in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars as they try to make their living as soldiers of fortune in a rapidly changing galaxy.
Created by Clone Wars producer/writer/director Dave Filoni, the Bad Batch are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, the man behind all the clone trooper vocalisations in The Clone Wars, who is joined by Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, Stephen Stanton as Grand Moff Tarkin and Andrew Kishino as Saw Gerrera::
The series kicks off with a 70 minute special for Star Wars Day (May 4th) followed by new episodes every Friday for a 16 episode run.
500 Days of Summer (2009, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dir. Marc Webb) - added 19-Apr-2021
Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.
Dog: Impossible (2019, S1, National Geographic Reality Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
Each episode of Dog: Impossible follows Matt Beisner and his pioneering, progressive approach to changing canine behaviour. He focuses on the unique needs of each animal, from detachment issues to aggression driven by fear. Beisner's unique approach is rooted in developing the deepest possible relationship between a dog and its owner, which is grounded in respect, trust and love. Even after all he has witnessed, Matt still believes there is no such thing as a bad dog.
Glass (2019, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Dir. M. Night Shyamalan) - added 19-Apr-2021
In this unexpected culmination of two of M. Night Shyamalan’s previous blockbusters Unbreakable and Split, security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
New Girl (2011-18, S1-7, 20th Century Fox TV Comedy Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016-19, S1-3, National Geographic Docuseries) - added 19-Apr-2021
Morgan Freeman looks into the questions that humans as a species crave the answers to including, ‘Who is God?’ and ‘Why Does Evil Exist?’ Freeman presents his quest in order to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation and the other big questions we have continually asked.
Unbreakable (2000, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Dir. M. Night Shyamalan) - added 19-Apr-2021
Security guard, David Dunn, is the sole survivor of a devastating train crash and begins to suspect he is not like others. When David is tracked down by the fragile Elijah Price, who confirms Dunn is possessed of superhuman gifts, he tries to use his unbreakable nature for the benefit of others.
Unstoppable (2010, Action, Thriller. Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson. Dir. Tony Scott) - added 19-Apr-2021
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train laden with toxic chemicals barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a human and environmental catastrophe.
Inspired by true events, this was the final film that Tony Scott directed.
911 Rescue Cops (2005, S1, National Geographic Docuseries) - added 19-Apr-2021
New York City’s Emergency Service Unit (ESU) is a unique institution in law enforcement and also one of the top urban rescue units in the world. This documentary uses previously unseen archive material and moving first-hand testimony to tell the truly inspirational story of the 9/11 rescue cops.
Anastasia (1997. Animation, Adventure, Drama. Voices: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer, Dirs. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman) - added 19-Apr-2021
Orphaned eighteen-year-old amnesiac Anya is hoping to find some trace of her family. She is persuaded by a pair of con men to travel to Paris with them to meet the Dowager Empress, who they intend to pass Anya off to as her long lost granddaughter Anastasia. Little do they all realise that Anya is the genuine article and that the vengeful undead corpse of Rasputin is on their trail.
An Affair to Remember (1957, Drama, Musical, Romance. Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Dir. Leo McCarey) - added 19-Apr-2021
Nicky and Terry meet on a cruise on their way from Europe to New York and fall in love with each other. Despite both being engaged to other people, the couple decides to meet again in six months at the Empire State Building - but as the date edges closer will the rendez-vous happen?
ESPN 30 for 30 Documentaries - added 19-Apr-2021
Sporting documentaries which were initially commissioned to celebrate ESPN’s 30 year anniversary in 2009. The idea was to explore the biggest sporting stories from ESPN's first 30 years on-air, through a series of 30 one-hour films by 30 filmmakers. The project expanded beyond the initial remit and the whole archive was made available on ESPN+ in 2018 with a selection now available to UK Disney+ subscribers.
Doc and Darryl (2016)
The connection between the lives and careers of former New York Mets Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
Dominican Dream (2019)
The highs and lows of Felipe López, born into a family of Dominican immigrants to become a star high school and collegiate basketball player, and the contentment he finds after a less-than-successful pro career.
Little Big Men (2010)
A look at the Kirkland National Little League team's success at the 1982 Little League World Series, examining why their title win is considered one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.
Of Miracles and Men (2015)
An exploration of the 'Miracle on Ice' from the point of view of the defeated Soviet Union team.
Phi Slama Jama (2016)
A profile of the iconic Houston Cougars men's basketball teams of the 1980s, fronted by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, whose explosive play and highlight-making slam dunks earned the team the nickname Phi Slama Jama.
The Good, The Bad, The Hungry (2019)
A look at one of the biggest rivalries in sports, that of competitive eaters Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut.
There’s No Place Like Home (2012)
The story of one fan's obsessive quest to purchase, at a 2010 auction, James Naismith's original rules of basketball, perhaps the most important historical document in American sports history, and to bring it "home" to Lawrence, Kansas, where Naismith taught and coached at the University of Kansas for 39 years.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit (2010)
The career of NASCAR driver Tim Richmond, his flamboyant lifestyle, and his 1989 death from AIDS.
Year of the Scab (2017)
During the 1987 players' strike, the Washington Redskins field a roster of replacement players that goes 3-0 and helps pave the way for the Redskins' Super Bowl victory. Thirty years on, those players bear the stigma of being dismissed as "scabs" by fans in general and Redskins management in particular.
What Carter Lost (2017)
In any other year, the 1988 team from Dallas' Carter High School would have gone down as one of the greatest in Texas football history, featuring 28 players who received college scholarship offers, eight of whom would eventually play professional football. Fighting off racial prejudice and a grades controversy Carter would claim the state title, only to be rocked to their core when six of their players were involved in an armed robbery that's affected the community's reputation to this day.
Fancy Nancy aka Fancy Nancy Clancy (2019-21, S2, Disney Junior Animation) - added 19-Apr-2021
Children’s animated series about six-year-old Nancy Clancy who enjoys fancy and French things, ranging from her outfit to her creatively elaborate attire. Nancy often plans to teach some of this fanciness to her family and friends to help them celebrate their uniqueness.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2021, S2, Disney+ Original Series, weekly episodes)
Flying high after the triumph of the High School Musical: The Musical success, Miss Jenn runs into her ex-boyfriend, who is the new North High theatre teacher and also now successfully directing musicals. This sparks off a competitive streak in Miss Jen who decides the East High Wildcats' next production will be Beauty and the Beast and enters the production into a prestigious and cutthroat student theatre competition. Can the Wildcats handle the pressure as they face off against their North High rivals?
Set at a fictionalized version of East High School, the school at which the original movie was filmed, the series follows a group of teenage theatre enthusiasts in a mockumentary style show achieved through the use of the single-camera setup, handheld cameras and talking heads to allow characters to express their inner thoughts while talking to the camera.
Bright, shiny, bubbly trailer… with singing, below.
Sadie Sparks (2019, S1 Ep1-26, Disney Channel Animation) - added 19-Apr-2021
Sadie is a teenage girl who discovers she has magical abilities and becomes a magician-in-training. She receives the guidance of a grumpy magical bunny, Gilbert, who was sent to the human world from the Magical Realm to train Sadie and keep her powers under control, but with this new responsibility Sadie must also balance high school life.
Station 19 (2018-20, S1-3, ABC Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
This spinoff of the critically acclaimed show Grey's Anatomy follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women of firehouse station 19 in Seattle, Washington from the captain down the ranks to the newest recruit.
The Art of Getting By (2011, Drama, Romance. Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dir. Gavin Wiesen) - added 19-Apr-2021
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013, Adventure, Comedy, Drama. Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Dir. Ben Stiller) - added 19-Apr-2021
In his secret life, Walter Mitty dreams big... really, really big… but when he's not daydreaming, the not-so-secret life of Walter Mitty is the opposite of his heroic alter-ego's; he's just an everyday guy facing imminent career downsizing, who's too timid to ask out his pretty co-worker. However, when Walter faces his ultimate real-world test, he springs into action on a global adventure exceeding anything even he could have dreamed of.
This Means War (2012, Action, Comedy, Romance. Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Dir. McG) - added 19-Apr-2021
CIA operatives FDR Foster and Tuck are inseparable best friends and partners. Together, their good looks, covert abilities and combat skills rank them among the CIA's elite, but their longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test when they both fall for Lauren and turn their deadly skills and an array of high-tech gadgetry against one another in an all-out battle for her love.
Akashinga: The Brave Ones (2020, National Geographic Documentary Short) - added 19-Apr-2021
A real life Dora Milaje, the Akashinga ('The Brave Ones'), are an all-female ranger unit recruited from women who survived domestic abuse or were single mothers, abandoned wives, or orphaned by AIDS. These women have undergone training similar to those received by special forces and operate to protect their local ecosystems from poachers. Unlike other members of the Anti-Poaching Foundation, the Akashinga are armed.
Angel (1999 - 2004, S1-5, 20th Century Fox TV Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
With his restored human soul torturing him for his past sins, Angel leaves his true love behind in Sunnydale and seeks redemption in the City of Angels. Working as a private detective, often through the supernatural law firm Wolfram & Hart, Angel and a variety of associates work to "help the helpless", thwarting the demons that prey on them, restoring faith and saving the souls of those who have lost their way.
Drugs Inc. Dealer POV (National Geographic Docuseries) - added 19-Apr-2021
Docuseries which explores global narcotics production and trafficking. The series features drug dealers, recreational users, and addicts, as well as professionals in the fields of substance abuse, drug rehabilitation, and criminal justice. In Dealer POV, the experiences of drug crews are seen through their own eyes. Dealers in New York, Atlanta and Portland exchange shots with gangs, collect debts and evade law enforcement.
Gulliver’s Travels (2010, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy. Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Dir. Rob Letterman) - added 19-Apr-2021
Struggling travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda to impress his travel editor but ventures into uncharted waters and ends up on the island of Lilliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. Things get complicated when he gets involved in a local dispute on the island.
Inside Pixar: Unpacked
A further batch of episodes arrives to flesh out the celebrated animation studio’s culture of dedication, technical wizardry and creative story telling. Joining the previous ‘Inspired’, ‘Portraits’ and ‘Foundations’ chapters are five new insights based around the title ‘Unpacked’, which take a deeper delve into the personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people and artistry of Pixar Animation Studios.
Ep. 16 Unpacked: About Time
How can the passage of time be utilised as a tool for emotional storytelling? Narrator W. Kamau Bell breaks down how time can become its own character in Pixar films, looking at period pieces such as Brave and the tear jerking opening sequence in Up.
Ep. 17 Unpacked: Everybody Loves a Villain
From Ernesto de La Cruz to Lotso to Hopper, foes of all shapes and sizes are essential to many of our favorite Pixar movies. But what makes a good villain? The episode digs into why we love to hate our favorite antagonists and what makes them so complicated.
Ep. 18 Unpacked: The Squint Test
Pixar characters strive to strike a balance between realistic and caricatured. This short explains how basic shapes and drawings influence the character design and story of favorite films such as Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles.
Ep. 19 Unpacked: Inner Drive
Beyond the world of Cars, vehicles of all kinds have made their mark throughout Pixar’s films. Jump in and go for a cruise through some of Pixar’s planes, trains, and Incredobiles.
Ep. 20 Unpacked: No Small Roles
Take a deep dive into the art of crowd animation. Each of your favorite Pixar characters live in worlds populated by fellow fish, cars, toys, and humans, but creating thousands of these fully animated background characters is no easy feat. See just how Pixar adds thousands of background characters into every film.
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K (S1, Star Original Animation. Voices: Nathan Fillion, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hader, Patten Oswalt) - added 19-Apr-2021
After years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K, the egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, and also having to deal with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet!
Raising Arizona (1987, Comedy, Crime. Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb, Dirs. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) - added 19-Apr-2021
Herbert ‘Hi’ and Edwina ‘Ed’ McDunnough are an ex-con and a former cop, in love, married and desperate for children. However, they’re unable to conceive and adoption is off the table due to Hi’s criminal past. Their yearning for a child leads them to kidnap one of the quintuplets of a rich local businessman but the high profile nature of the 'Arizona Quints' means that soon the authorities, media and a bounty hunter are all on their trail.
Raven’s Home (2020, S4 Ep 1-9, ABC Comedy Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
Though Raven Baxter is psychic, she would've never have foreseen that she'd be a single mother living in an apartment with her twins Nia and Booker and her best friend Chelsea and her son Levi.
In season 4, the twins are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet - high school, though things are unlikely to be straightforward with Booker’s own psychic glimpses of the future driving him to try and change the future - just like his Mum - which often leads to even worse consequences and mishaps - just like his Mum!
The Monuments Men (2014, Comedy, Drama, True Life. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray. Dir. George Clooney) - added 19-Apr-2021
An unlikely World War II platoon consisiting of seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators and art historians is sent to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.
To Catch a Smuggler (2012, S1, National Geographic Reality Docuseries) - added 19-Apr-2021
The customs officers at the JFK International Airport work relentlessly to catch smugglers and drug traffickers who try to sneak in illegal items and substances.
Water For Elephants (2011, Drama, Romance. Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook, Dir. George Clooney) - added 19-Apr-2021
In the 1930’s, veterinary student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer at a circus. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds - including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August - Jacob and Marlena find love.
12 Rounds (2009, Action, Crime, Thriller. John Cena, Ashley Scott, Aidan Gillen, Dir. Renny Harlin) - added 19-Apr-2021
Detective Danny Fisher discovers his girlfriend Molly has been kidnapped by an arms dealer tied to his past. In order to save Molly. Fisher must complete 12 dangerous challenges set up as revenge by her captor.
Aquamarine (2006, Comedy, Family, Fantasy. Emma Roberts, Sara Paxton, Dir. Elizabeth Allen) - added 19-Apr-2021
A mermaid gets stranded at a beach resort but falls in love with a handsome lifeguard. She befriends two local girls and enlists their help to win his heart in exchange for a wish.
Bluey (2020, S2 Ep 25-52) - added 19-Apr-2021
Bluey is an inexhaustibly energetic and curious six year old Blue Heeler dog who lives with her mum, dad, and sister. She loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary, funny and unpredictable adventures.
Choke (2008, Comedy, Drama. Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Dir + Scr. Clark Gregg) - added 19-Apr-2021
Vincent works in a colonial theme park, attends sexual addiction recovery meetings, and intentionally chokes on food in upscale restaurants so his "rescuers" would give him money out of sympathy in order for him to cover his mother's Alzheimer's hospital bills.
Cruella (2021, Comedy, Crime. Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Dir. Craig Gillespie) Premier Access and in cinemas where possible
During the UK punk revolution in 70's London, Estella, a smart and driven fashion designer, is determined to make a name for herself. Falling under the wing of the devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute fashion legend Baroness von Hellman, Estella is taught a tough but valuable lesson in how to survive in the cutthroat business. However, when Estella and the Baroness’s relationship turns sour, the wicked Cruella steps out from the shadows to wreak her dalmatian-based revenge.
This latest all-new live-action feature film which draws on Disney’s animated library is the second, following Mulan, to land itself a PG-13 rating thus indicating that it’s not all cute puppies and jokey cockney geezers here. Delayed from its original December 2020 release date, Cruella now gets a simultaneous Premier Access and theatre release, where appropriate.
Keeping up with the Joneses (2016. Action, Comedy. Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot. Dir. Greg Mottola) - added 19-Apr-2021
The Gaffneys, Jeff and Karen, are an ordinary suburban couple and find it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses – their impossibly gorgeous, over achieving and ultra-sophisticated new neighbours. However when their curiosity reveals that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives, Jeff and Karen are drawn into an international conspiracy.
Launchpad (2021, S1, Disney+ Original Anthology Series)
Launchpad is a collection of live-action shorts from a new generation of storytellers from underrepresented backgrounds. Six filmmakers were selected and provided with the opportunity to share their perspectives and creative visions to show audiences what it means to be seen.
The goal is to diversify the types of stories that are being told and to give access to those who have historically not had it. Inspired by life’s journey, these first six short films for Disney+ are based on the theme, "Discover.”
All six shorts will premiere simultaneously and include:
Ameena, a Muslim Pakistani immigrant, wakes up on Eid to find out that she has to go to school. Homesick and heartbroken, she goes on a mission to make Eid a public-school holiday and, in the process, reconnects with her older sister.
Dinner Is Served
A Chinese student at an elite U.S. boarding school realises excellence is not enough when he tries out for a leadership position no international student has ever applied for.
A half human/half vampire Mexican-American teen’s attempts to keep her identity a secret from both worlds is complicated when her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school.
The Last of the Chupacabras
In a world where culture has nearly ceased to exist, one lone Mexican-American struggling to carry on her traditions unknowingly summons a dark and ancient creature to protect her.
Let’s Be Tigers
Avalon’s not ready to process the loss of her mother, but when she’s put in charge of a 4-year-old for one night, she finds more comfort than she ever could have expected.
The Little Prince(ss)
When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel's feminine behavior and decides to intervene.
Let’s Be Cops (2014, Action, Comedy, Crime. Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Dir. Luke Greenfield) - added 19-Apr-2021
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighbourhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Comedy, Drama, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Dirs. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris) - added 19-Apr-2021
A dysfunctional family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of the little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus unaware of the learning experience the journey has in store for them.
Rebel (2021, S1, Disney Original Series, weekly episodes)
Inspired by real life campaigner Erin Brockovich, Rebel follows Annie 'Rebel' Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She's a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost leaving husband Grady standing on the sidelines and picking up the pieces at home.
Stars Katey (Futurama/Sons of Anarchy) Sagal as Rebel who is joined by John Corbett and Andy Garcia.
Science of Stupid (2020, S8, National Geographic Series) - added 19-Apr-2021
Host Dallas Campbell uses home footage from wannabe daredevils, and explores what’s gone horribly wrong in the planning and/or execution of the unfortunate stunt. whether it's down to a lack of consideration for the principles of velocity, rotation, friction (ouch!) or kinetic energy, one thing is for sure, you can't beat science but you can analyse it with bespoke animation and super slow-motion cinematography.
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Jackie Minns, Kevin Costner (Voice), Dir. Simon Curtis) - added 19-Apr-2021
Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.
The Cave (2019, National Geographic Documentary) - added 19-Apr-2021
From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad, The Cave tells the story of a hidden underground hospital in Syria and the unprecedented female-led team who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population.
When Sharks Attack (2013-19, S1-5, National Geographic Docuseries) - added 19-Apr-2021
Throughout America’s coastline shark attacks are on the rise. Many occur in quick succession at new and surprising locations. As vacationers, scientists and locals are all desperate to uncover what is causing the upsurge, National Geographic Channel investigates the attacks to see what is affecting some of nature’s most feared fish. The deep-sea saga employs underwater photography, news archives and testimony to deep dive into mysterious and deadly recent shark attacks.
Amazon Prime UK
The Boy From Medellin (2020, Amazon Original Documentary) - added 22-Apr-2021
Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin prepares for his 2019 sold-out homecoming concert in Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s documentary. But, as the event draws closer, growing political unrest forces the Latin Grammy-winning superstar to examine his responsibility as a high profile artist to his country and his legions of fans. As the expectations of the upcoming concert grow, Balvin also continues to deal with the anxiety and depression that have plagued him for years.
Men in Kilts (2021, S1, Starz Original Travel Series showing on StarzPlay- requires subscription)
Advertised as the greatest road trip ever attempted without pants, Men in Kilts sees Sam (Outlander) Heughan and Graham (Outlander/Preacher) McTavish introduce viewers to the beauty, history and culture of their beloved Scotland.
The Underground Railroad (2021, S1, Amazon Original Limited Series)
In an alternate timeline, the Underground Railroad - in reality a network of abolitionists, hidden routes, and safe houses that helped enslaved African-Americans escape to freedom in the early to mid-1800s - is an actual railroad complete with engineers, conductors, tracks, and tunnels. Cora, an enslaved Black woman in Georgia, makes this incredible discovery and is determined to ride the subterranean train to freedom.
Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk helmer Barry Jenkins directs all 10 episodes in the series which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead.
P!nk: All I Know So Far (2021, Amazon Original Documentary)
Join award-winning musician Pink as she embarks on her record-breaking 2019 “Beautiful Trauma” world tour where she played 156 shows in 18 countries. Pink performs to global audiences while trying to balance being a mom, a wife, and a business woman. Mixing footage from the road, behind-the-scenes interviews and personal material, director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) gives audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the circus that P!nk calls life.
Amazon Prime Video UK Facebook has this listed as 26th May, so the 21st may be the US/International release date.
Solos (2021, Amazon Original Anthology Series) - added 22-Apr-2021
This 7-part anthology series from David Weil, the man behind Amazon Prime’s Al Pacino starring Hunters series, features an all-star cast including Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Anthony Mackie, Helen Mirren, Dan Stevens, and Constance Wu.
The limited edition run will share character driven stories, each from a different perspective and moment in time, illustrating that, even during our most isolated, uncertain and vulnerable moments, we are all connected through the human experience.
Nowhere Boy’s Sam Taylor-Johnson and Zach Braff are among the series directors.
Panic (2021, S1, Amazon Original Series) - added 22-Apr-2021
In the tiny rural town of Carp, Texas, 47 graduating high school seniors are given a very strange opportunity - take part in a series of brutal tests where they face their deepest fears so that one will walk away very, very rich. It’s a means of escaping small town drudgery but after the rules change, they must decide how much they are willing to risk.
A young adult thriller series based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver.
Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021, Amazon Original Documentary)
A look at the life of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson following his recovery from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage in 2018.
Produced by Bafta winner Andrew Macdonald, who worked on Trainspotting, and directed by Ferguson’s son, Jason, Never Give In charts the former Manchester United manager’s journey from Govan, a working-class district of Glasgow, to becoming the manager considered by many to be the greatest of all time.
Born out of Ferguson’s fear that his illness would cause memory loss, the documentary now serves as a repository for his incredible success and features moving insights from former players Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Gordon Strachan and Archie Knox and others who know him well.
Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In promises to be a revealing and personal journey of a man who achieved more success than anyone else during the English Premier League era. It gets a cinema release on the 27th May before hitting Amazon Prime Video on the 29th.
Library Titles Showing: - added 30-Apr-2021
Gogglebox (2019, S14, Reality Show Channel 4)
Some of Britain's most opinionated and avid TV viewers comment freely on the best and worst television shows they’ve seen that week, all from the comfort of their own sofas, and we get to watch them watching...
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017, Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Common, Ruby Rose, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Peter Stormare, Dir, Chad Stahelski)
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. But the debt is a ruse to trap John and soon he is on the wrong of end of a global bounty.
And here’s the trailer because… it’s John freakin’ Wick.
Grey’s Anatomy (2019, S16, US Medical Drama Series)
Dr. Meredith Grey is chief of general surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and oversees the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings as they develop into seasoned doctors, often helping them balance personal and professional relationships. Faced with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis, the close knit group find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship as a way of coping.
Also available on Disney+.
Honest Thief (2020, Action, Crime, Drama. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Dir. Mark Williams)
Meticulous thief Tom Carter has stolen $9 million from small-town banks while keeping his identity a secret. But after he falls in love with the bubbly Annie, Tom decides to come clean about his criminal past, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
Honest Thief is a tale of redemption and one man's mission to make things right, and blow stuff up, for the sake of love.
Unfriended (2014, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Dir. Leo Gabriadze)
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
The Curse of La Llorona (2019, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Dir. Michael Chaves)
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm and their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest.
The sixth installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise.
Stormbreaker (2006, Action, Adventure, Family. Alex Pettyfer, Mickey Rourke, Sophie Okonedo, Dir. Geoffrey Sax)
After the death of his secret agent uncle, 14-year-old schoolboy Alex Rider is recruited by the Special Operations Division of the UK's secret intelligence service for a mission to gather intelligence behind Stormbreaker, an advanced computer system - a mission that will save millions of lives.
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, Drama, Mystery Romance. Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Dir. Juan José Campanella)
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, Comedy, Music. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks)
After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019, Action, Adventure, Comedy. Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Voice: Ryan Reynolds, Dir. Rob Letterman)
In a world where people and Pokémon live side by side, Tim Goodman comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective and offers to help Tim in his quest to find out what happened to his father, who just happened to be Pikachu’s partner.
Holmes & Watson (2018, Comedy, Crime Mystery. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Ralph Fiennes, Dir. Etan Cohen)
The world’s most famous detective pairing (and that includes Starsky and Hutch!) set out to find the culprit behind a threat at Buckingham Palace.
Unleashed (2005, Action, Crime, Drama. Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, Dir. Louis Leterrier)
A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020, Comedy, Romance. Maggie Grace, Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons, Dir. Dennis Dugan)
With a couple’s impending wedding as the backdrop, a colourful group of characters including: an inexperienced wedding planner nicknamed “The Wedding Trasher”; a fussy celebrity caterer; his blind date; and a tour-bus guide, all look for a little love and romance themselves.
All the Money in the World (2017, True Life, Crime, Drama. Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Dir. Ridley Scott)
Following the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, his desperate and devoted mother Gail pleads with his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail and Getty’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal.
Now more famous for Christopher Plummer’s Best Supporting Actor nomination after he stepped in to replace an excised Kevin Spacey mere weeks before release than the real life event itself.
Mythic Quest (2021, S2, Apple TV+ Original Series)
Ian Grimm is the owner of a successful video game design company and he and his troubled staff struggle to keep their hit online MMORPG game 'Mythic Quest' popular with gamers.
With the quarantine finally over, everyone is back in the office attempting to build upon the success of the Raven's Banquet add on by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy, struggle with the game’s direction.
Season 2 follows two specials (Mythic Quest: Quarantine and Mythic Quest: Everlife) which filled the schedule gap as the production worked to become Covid safe.
Trying (2021, S2, Apple TV+ Original Series)- moved 13-May-2021
All Nikki and Jason want is a baby - but it’s the one thing they just can’t have. How are they going to fill the next 50 years if they can’t start a family? They already went through The Sopranos in a weekend. After ruling out every other option, Nikki and Jason decide to adopt and are confronted by a world of bewildering new challenges. With their dysfunctional friends, screwball family, and chaotic lives, will the adoption panel agree that they’re ready to be parents?
In season 2, Esther Smith and Rafe Spall return as Nikki and Jason and continue to navigate the adoption process but it’s not straightforward and seems like the other couples are being matched with children while somehow they’re being left behind. When Nikki meets a little girl called Princess at an adoption event, she knows instantly that this is the child for them. But there are obstacles to Nikki’s plan that may prove insurmountable.
And it clearly isn’t going to be plain sailing as the commission of season three ensures through-plots and character arcs will continue beyond the end of the eight episodes on offer here.
The Me You Can't See (2021, S1, Apple Original Documentary Series) - added 13-May-2021
The Me You Can’t See is a new docuseries co-created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry that explores mental health and emotional well-being with stories from people around the world.
Working with 14 accredited and respected experts and organisations around the world on the project, the production features a variety of high-profile guests talking about mental health issues, including Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Olympic boxer Virginia "Ginny" Fuchs, chef Rashad Armstead and mental health advocate Zak Williams. In addition, both Harry and Oprah open up about their own mental health journeys and struggles.
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (2021, S1, Apple Original Documentary Series) - added 13-May-2021
In a tumultuous era, 1971 would be a year of musical innovation and rebirth. Fuelled by the political and cultural upheaval of the time, fresh talent exploded onto the scene, stars reached new heights, and boundaries expanded like never before.
This eight-part docuseries takes the viewer back to the birth of the most original artists and songs that we still listen to 50 years later and includes never-before-seen footage of The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and more.
So, that's it so far for May as far as Disney+, Amazon Prime Video’ and Apple TV+ for for UK subscribers. What's your take? Let us know in the comments section what you may be looking forward too in particular.
We’ll keep the article updated when more content is announced, so make sure you come back to keep up to date.