We've gone from five terrestrial channels to hundreds thanks to satellite and cable and now tens of thousands of shows and movies are available on-demand at the touch of a button to download or stream thanks to having ultrafast broadband at home.

But with so much choice comes the need for a bit of help deciding what to watch. Hopefully our guide to the best paid-for streaming TV this summer across the most popular online platforms should come in handy. Happy viewing!!

Netflix - Subscription cost of £8.99 per month (two devices) or £11.99 per month (four devices + Ultra HD)

Best for Adults: There's no shortage of great drama on Netflix. UNORTHODOX is a compelling four-part mini-series inspired by a true story about a woman who flees her life in an Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in New York and heads to Germany. Bittersweet comedy AFTER LIFE is said by many to be Ricky Gervais' best work. He plays a widower coping with life and work and the world without his much-loved wife - but it's not all tears, there are plenty of big belly laughs too from a top cast. WHITE LINES is a mysterious drama set in Ibiza and if you're missing clubbing fun then this show and its cracking soundtrack could rekindle memories. THE LAST KINGDOM is Netflix's take on Amazon Prime/History Channel hit Vikings, and it was picked up by the streaming service after the BBC decided to stop making it after two series. Packed full of action, Kings and Queens, battles, invasions and power plays, it's not quite Game of Thrones but it is not far off. Netflix is also a great service for the best documentaries and THE LAST DANCE based on the career of basketball legend Michael Jordan, and 13, looking at the plight, injustice and inequality for African Americans in the prisons, are compelling watches.

Others to look out for include: Fauda, Ozark, The Sinner, Stranger Things and Schitt's Creek.   

New out as of this month is THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB, based on the popular books, Charlize Theron’s latest movie THE OLD GUARD, and CURSED – a retelling of the Arthurian legend.

Best for Children: As well as plenty of family films like MATILDA and PETER RABBIT, there's animated updates to classics INSPECTOR GADGET, PAC-MAN or SONIC alongside originals like RICHIE RICH, THE BOSS BABY BACK IN BUSINESS, PUP ACADEMY and THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS.

NowTV - Subscription cost of £8.99 per month

Best for Adults: One of your first stops here has to be the two series so far of SUCCESSION, an intriguing drama about a powerful media family in America. It's full of sibling rivalry, big money deals and corporate machinations. If you can take bloody violence, then GANGS OF LONDON is your next must-see. This gory drama about, well, a number of different criminal gangs fighting each other across London, is definitely not one for the feint-hearted but it's a rollercoaster of emotions and gripping from start-to-finish. RIVIERA with its lush setting in the South of France will give you pangs for a sunny summer holiday but this drama about a rich family thrown into turmoil when its patriarch dies is as opulent as it is glorious to watch. Lennie James' SAVE ME and SAVE ME TOO is another gritty drama worthy of your time that sees him on a mission to track down his missing daughter in a quest across South and East London. NowTV is also a great place to find top comedy and you could laugh to Noel Clarke and Ashley Waters' cop show BULLETPROOF, Michelle Keegan's BRASSIC or Mel and Sue's HITMEN.    

Others to look out for include: Ray Donovan, Big Little Lies, Chernobyl, McMillions (documentary) and Game of Thrones.

New shows coming up in July is big new six-part drama THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, based on the novel by Philip Roth and starring Winona Ryder as well as the 10-part MIRACLE WORKERS: DARK AGES starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi.

Best for Children: A pass for Kids telly costs an extra £3.99 per month with NowTV but there's plenty here to keep the young ones occupied during the summer holidays including THE MR. BEAN ANIMATED SERIES, BEN AND HOLLY'S LITTLE KINGDOM and WHERE'S WALLY.

Disney+ - Subscription cost of £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year

Best for Children: Where do you even start with Disney+ - there's literally everything you or your family could ever want to watch. From all the Disney classic movies to animated shorts to MARVEL and STAR WARS movies, you will be spoiled for choice. There literally won't be enough time in the day. As well as all the headline stuff such as FROZEN, FROZEN II, MOANA and remakes of LADY AND THE TRAMP, THE LION KING and ALADDIN, it's worth delving into the back catalogue of live action movies from the 1980s and 1990s such as WHITE FANG. You'll also find a brilliant HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL series spun from the hit films and thanks to the inclusion of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC content, there are epic wildlife and nature documentaries galore.

Best for Adults: Lin-Manuel Miranda's West End and Broadway hit musical creation HAMILTON is coming to streaming for the very first time. This Hip hop-inspired stage epic is a recording of the original US production starring Lin-Manuel and an amazingly talented and diverse cast. It tells the story of one of the US's lesser-known Founding Fathers - Alexander Hamilton - and with no live theatre right now, this will hit the spot for so many missing their stagey fix. Original series THE MANDALORIAN set in the Star Wars universe is also a top tip and it's got a cute Baby Yoda!

Prime Video - Subscription cost of £7.99 per month or £79 per year (but includes Priority Amazon delivery too, music streaming and much more)

Best for Adults: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is one of the hottest new Prime shows and stars Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Dawson's Creek's Joshua Jackson. It's about a family with a heap of secrets and focuses on a mother and daughter relationship. If there's one show sure to have you in fits of laughter, that's MARVELOUS MRS MAISAL. Set in New York in the 50s, follow the journey of this housewife turned stand-up comedian and the weird and wonderful people she meets along the way as well as her rather wacky family and friends. Star Trek fans were so excited when they heard PICARD was coming to Prime. Reviews have been a little mixed but if you're a fan of the Enterprise space saga then this revisiting of Patrick Stewart's story will delight. If you've never seen Hugh Laurie's HOUSE then it's a great one to catch up on. The medical drama is certainly a show to be ticked off the lifetime watched list. VIKINGS takes a look at legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and much of the filming is stunning to see and the battle scenes are epic. There are six seasons too to keep you going. JACK RYAN - an action series spun from movies like The Hunt from Red October and Patriot Games focusing on the agent's early life - is also a one to keep you going.  

Others to look out for include: Good Omens, American Gods, The Americans, Hunters and Mr Robot.

Coming up in July are UNRAVELLING ATHENA, a documentary about the Women’s Tennis Championships, season two of HANNA with Saorise Ronan and HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, starring Beanie Feldstein in this film based on Caitlin Moran’s memoir.

Best for Children: Anthony Horowitz's books about ALEX RIDER are loved by teens and this drama inspired by the stories is very watchable. Follow Alex's life as it is changed beyond all recognition when he is recruited to be a young spy for a mission to go undercover in a strange and mysterious school. Original series JUST ADD MAGIC is also joined by tonnes of cartoons from the retro to current classics like PEPPA PIG, PAW PATROL and BING.

Apple TV+ - Subscription cost of £4.99 a month

Best for Adults: Apple TV+ is a newer subscription service in the UK and so there's perhaps less well-known big name drama and comedy on it right now compared to the others. But the funny THE MORNING SHOW starring Jennifer Aniston is definitely one to be watching while cold-case murder series TRUTH BE TOLD, Hailee Steinfeld's DICKINSON about the poet Emily and space drama FOR ALL MANKIND are said to be among the best. Others to look out for include The Banker, Little America and documentary The Elephant Queen.

July will also see the global debut of Tom Hanks’ new wartime drama GREYHOUND, telling the story of the supply convoys in the Atlantic during WW2.

 

 

 

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