The Best Things To Stream In August

Culture
By Rufus Punt | 1st August 2023
August Streaming

If you’ve felt like summer has been a little dampened by the grim weather here in the UK, fear not: while we can’t predict whether there’ll be many days of clear and sunny skies, we do know there’s a lot to stream this month. Big cult favourites like Netflix’s Heartstopper are making a return, there’s several exciting new shows making their debut, and Gal Gadot turns superspy in Heart of Stone. Read on for the best to stream in August.

Heartstopper

Heartstoppper

One of TV’s most heart-warming shows returns for its second season this month: the loveable LGBT rom-com Heartstopper arrives on Netflix on 3rd August. This new outing sees Charlie and Nick’s relationship taking new heights following the ups and downs of their blossoming romance in Season 1. While the two enjoy spending time together and making their relationship official, both feel pressures socially and in other ways. They and other characters like Elle, Tao, Darcy and others try to find themselves- and to do so, they’ll be heading to the ultimate city of love: Paris.

Watch on Netflix

release date: 3 august

Depp V Heard

Depp vs Heard

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? After one of the most high-profile celebrity trials this century, the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard story was always going to be snapped up by Netflix and turned into a docuseries. The new, three-part documentary will cover every part of the trial and the accusations leading up to it, including Amber Heard’s claims in 2018 that led to Depp eventually suing. You can expect much of the now famous moments during the trial and testimonies to be covered, alongside some behind-the-scenes coverage and reactions. But Netflix wants to go further, and is billing the series as an examination of the world’s first “trial by TikTok”.

Watch on Netflix

release date: 16 august

Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone
HEART OF STONE. Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in Heart of Stone. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022.

It’s been a while coming, and now Netflix is, at last, releasing its new original film Heart of Stone this August. Starring Gal Gadot in the lead role of secret agent Rachel Stone, it’s a new take on the classic spy blockbuster. The world is in danger, a nefarious villain is planning to use a superweapon to wreak havoc, and only one agent is best placed to stop them. Much like Amazon’s rival Citadel, which was released earlier this year, you can expect plenty of gadgets and political commentary on our current world- but mostly death-defying action. It also stars Jamie Dornan and Alia Bhatt , and Neflix reportedly wants Rachel Stone to be a female answer to James Bond.

Watch on netflix

release date: 4 august

Red White and Royal Blue

Red White & Royal Blue

Amazon is also releasing an LGBT rom-com this month, adapted from a critically acclaimed bestseller of the same name. Red, White & Royal Blue centres on the romantic exploits of two people in the highest echelons of their respective country: the son of the President of the United States and a young Prince of the UK. Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry meet and find that they have a lot in common, particularly due to their roles and the media spotlight. But both also feel disdainful of each other, and have a strong rivalry for attention. Their growing public spat results in the intervention of their families to help smooth things out but the two end up realising that they like each other more than they first thought. Uma Thurman is the big star draw here, playing the first female US President.

watch on prime

release date: 11 august

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

A new drama from Amazon Prime Video, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart stars Alycia Debnam-Carey and Sigourney Weaver as a girl and her grandmother who share a complicated relationship. Young Alice Hart (Debnam-Carey) experiences a violent and unpleasant upbringing as a child and is left orphaned after a mysterious fire. To get away from the traumatic events, she’s sent to live with her grandmother June (Weaver), who lives on a flower farm. Alice learns to live in solitude and appreciate her surroundings- but as she gets older, she begins to realise that there are multiple secrets that have been kept from her. These secrets involve her family, her grandmother, and Alice herself. Slowly, Alice pieces together the truth, even as her relationship with her grandmother sours and potentially leaves her in serious danger.

watch on prime

release date: 4 august

Ashoka

Ashoka

Travel back to the Star Wars universe with the brand new Disney+ series Ashoka, which stars Rosario Dawson as the titular protagonist. A spin-off of the hugely popular The Mandalorian and set some years after Return of the Jedi, it sees veteran Jedi Ashoka Tano investigate a new and emerging threat in the galaxy. Things are still fragile following the end of the authoritarian Empire, and dark forces could destroy the peace. The series also stars Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Mandalorian warrior Sabine Wren, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as general Hera Syndulla, Ray Stevenson as former Jedi Baylan Skoll, David Tennant as droid Huyang, and Lars Mikkelsen as genius Imperial officer Admiral Thrawn. Hayden Christensen also reprises his role as Anakin Skywalker.

watch on disney plus

release date: 23 August

Dreaming Whilst Black

Dreaming Whilst Black

This new BBC sitcom is developed from a web series and broadcast in July, and is now available on iPlayer. It stars series creator Adjani Salmon , who plays aspiring filmmaker Kwabena. Currently working in recruitment, he wishes he could be a successful director, but is hamstrung by his job and trying to pay rent, as well as the prospect of trying to break into an industry that is largely comprised of wealthy white people. As he tries to move past the prejudices and assumptions about his Black identity, Kwabena has to decide what to prioritise in life, and how to navigate his way to some level of success. It also features appearances from comedy actors like Jessica Hynes and Peter Serafinowicz .

watch now on iplayer


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