the best of streaming in august

Looking for great shows and films to watch at home in August? There might be plenty on at the cinema this week, but sometimes the pull of the sofa, wine and the TV remote is too much to resist. We’ve put together a list of the very best streaming this month, from Netflix to Disney, from big blockbuster HBO shows to smaller, dramatic Apple shows.


Yorkshire acting legend Sean Bean returns to BBC One this year after the success of his three part miniseries Time last year. His new series, Marriage, focuses on a couple, Ian and Emma, who’ve been married for 27 years. The show will be four parts long, exploring the ups, downs, insecurities and touching moments of marriage. It’s a raw and frank portrayal of long term marriage, starring Nicola Walker, known for her roles in Last Tango In Halifax and Spooks, as Emma.


RELEASE DATE: 14th August


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The Sandman

If you’re a fan of Good Omens, you’ll likely be intrigued by Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic The Sandman. The new fantasy series will be a star studded affair, with Tom Sturridge in the lead role of Dream, alongside actors like Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Mark Hamill and Lenny Henry. Morpheus, Master of Dreams, escapes over a century of captivity and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming.


Release date: 5th August

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House of The Dragon

Want more fantasy this August? Then turn to HBO, who are bringing us back to the world of Westeros for the first time since 2019, with the very first Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon. Set 200 years before GOT, the new series follows the beginning of the end of the House Targaryen, and the war of succession of the Targaryens known as the “Dance of Dragons.” It’ll star Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Eve Best and Rhys Ifans. It’s certainly one of the most anticipated TV events of the year, so make sure to tune in when it airs on 21st August. Read more about the series here.


RELEASE DATE: 21st August

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Five Days At Memorial

This medical drama, heading to Apple TV+, is based on the 2013 book of the same name by journalist Sheri Fink, and recounts the five difficult days at Memorial Medical Centre in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It tells the heartbreaking stories of the thousands of people trapped in the centre without food and water, and the attempts to get them out. The show stars Vera Farmiga as Dr Anna Pou, Adepero Oduye as Karen Wynn, Cornelius Smith Jr as Dr. Bryant King and Julie Ann Emery as Diane Robichaux.


Release date: 12th august

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She Hulk: Attorney At Law

The other big new Disney+ series this month, She Hulk: Attorney At Law is the latest Disney series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show introduces the character of She-Hulk, the female counterpart of Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk. Also mutated into a green super human, Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Malsnany) is a lawyer who conveniently specialises in a case that involve superhumans and their role in society, and becomes She-Hulk after her blood is accidentally cross contaminated with Banner, her cousin. There’s several appearances from the aforementioned green Avenger (played by Mark Ruffalo), Sorcerer Supreme Wong (Benedict Wong), villain Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) and a much anticipated cameo from Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox).


Release Date: 17th August

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Thirteen Lives

The famous rescue of a boys football team from a cave in Thailand is dramatised in this new film directed by Ron Howard. After the group of boys and their coach become trapped in the underground cave system after flooding, a rescue team is assembled in order to get them out in time before they die. The thriller is coming to Amazon Prime, and stars Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton and Paul Gleeson.


Release date: 5th August

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A League of their Own

A TV reboot of the 1992 that starred Madonna, A League of their Own is on its way to Amazon Prime this month, and follows the journey of the WWII era US professional women’s baseball team. Travelling through a fast changing America, this new version will also focus on African-American and LGBTQ characters in what’s sure to be one of the most fun, feel good shows of the year.


Release date: 12th August

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Bad Sisters

Catastrophe and Pulling creator Sharon Horgan is heading this new dark comedy Apple TV series that tells the story of the Garvey sisters, a close knit group of siblings who promise to always protect one another, and become investigated for the murder of their brother in law. As it turns out- they really did hold a grudge against him and plot to have him killed off. The first two episodes of the series will air together on the show’s premiere date, and it’ll then continue for another eight episodes.


RELEASE DATE: 19th August

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