Summer’s a tough time to be a streaming service. The sun’s out (sometimes). The Olympics, Euro 2016 and Wimbledon are all on. And, of course, the kids are out of school. So takes something special for a VOD site to tempt viewers back to their screens for some quality telly time.
Amazon, fortunately, has the only two words that matter this summer: Mr. Robot.
One of the few shows brave enough to launch in the traditionally quiet TV season, the series has become one of Amazon Prime Video’s flagship exclusives for UK subscribers – and, with a new docu-series about the NFL, The Americans, the ending of Outlander and UnREAL Season 2, plus more Preacher, it’s not hard to justify the £5.99 subscription a month even during the warm afternoons. After all, there’s nothing wrong with quality over quantity.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in July 2016:
Note: Titles and release dates are subject to change.
Prison Break – Friday 1st July
With all seasons already available to stream, Amazon renews its rights for the whole of Prison Break – just in time for people catching up before the limited series reunion.
24 – Friday 1st July
With all seasons already available to stream, Amazon renews its rights for the whole of 24 – because you can never have too much Jack Bauer.
All or Nothing – Friday 1st July
Jon Hamm narrates Amazon’s original docu-series, which follows the Arizona Cardinals’ 2015 season, from the draft through the NFC Championship game. The show picks up with the Cardinals following a season-ending injury to quarterback Carson Palmer in the 2014 season. Head coach Bruce Arians, President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim, along with Pro Bowlers Palmer, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu are ready for the challenge of a season that would result in an NFC West title and a trip to the conference championship game.
The eight-episode will also be available to all Amazon customers, whether they subscribe to Prime Video or not, from 1st July until 31st August.
Manhattan – 1st July
This 2014 TV series, set against the backdrop of the titular program to build the world’s first atomic bomb, follows the scientists working on the project, as they lie and hide secrets from their families.
Roadies: Episodes 1 and 2 – Monday 4th July
Cameron Crowe’s music series, which stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall and Keisha Castle-Hughes, follows the roadies behind the scenes of fictitious touring group The Staton-House Band. The series promises an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music, and the improvised family they’ve formed along the way. The first two episodes arrive on Monday 4th July, with episodes then arriving every Monday following the US broadcast. For more, click here.
BrainDead: Season 1, Episode 4 – Tuesday 12th July
Created by The Good Wife’s Robert and Michelle King, CBS’ comic thriller stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tony Shalhoub and is set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics.
Winstead plays Laurel, a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of congress members and Hill staffers. As the tiny bugs continue to multiply, Laurel and her allies must work quickly to identify the otherworldly creatures, stop their infiltration and ultimately save the world.
The series is executive produced by Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Brooke Kennedy, and Liz Glotzer.
Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are already available, with Episode 4 onwards released on Amazon Prime Video every Tuesday, within 24 hours of their US premiere. For more, click here.
Godzilla – Tuesday 5th July
Gareth Edwards goes from tiny Monsters to the biggest one of all in this remake of Godzilla, which updates the original’s horrifying context to a less traumatic modern day – but still retains the awe and terror of a gargantuan beast laying waste to a city.
American Gothic: Season 1, Episode 3 – Thursday 7th July
Created by Corinne Brinkerhoff and James Frey and starring Juliet Rylance and Anthony Starr, this mystery drama follows The Hawthornes, a wealthy family from Boston who discover that that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.
Episodes 1 and 2 are already available on Amazon Prime Video, with Episode 3 onwards released every Thursday, within 24 hours of their US premiere. For more, click here.
Edge of Tomorrow – Tuesday 12th July
Tom Cruise and Emily Brunt are superb in this hugely underrated sci-fi thriller, which sees a US military PR officer trapped in a never-ending loop of combat against an alien foe. Skilfully edited and charismatically performed, the title may not be very clear – is it called “Live Die Repeat” or not? – but the film knows exactly what it’s doing: having lots and lots of fun.
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 1 and 2 – Thursday 14th July
Sam Esmail’s cyberthriller returns for another season of mind-boggling tech revolution. Rami Malek reprises his role of Elliot, a young cyber-security engineer who falls in with underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their leader, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater, also returning). At the start of Season 2, everyone is reeling from the impact of the group’s latest hack, while Elliot is struggling to piece together the three days of missing time he experienced following that night. Episodes premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the UK, within 24 hours of their US broadcast, beginning with a double-bill of Episode 1 and 2.
The Americans: Season 3 – Tuesday 19th July
If Mr. Robot doesn’t have enough subterfuge and suspense for you, try The Americans on for size. The period drama follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.
Mississippi Grind – Saturday 23rd July
Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds are on fine form in this bittersweet, unpredictable drama about the unglamorous side of gambling.
The Penguins of Madagascar: Season 4 – Monday 25th July
Because cunning, evil penguins will never not be funny.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Monday 25th July
Magical realism writ large, Beasts of the Southern is a gorgeous, sad depiction of a child’s view of the world, featuring a star-making turn from Quvenzhané Wallis.
Oculus – Tuesday 26th July
Karen Gillan stars in this inventively shot horror flick about an evil mirror. Trust us: it’s way better (and scarier) than it sounds.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in July 2016
Friday 1st July
Dead Snow 2
Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest
Monday 4th July
Preacher: Episode 6
Tuesday 5th July
UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 5
Sunday 10th July
Outlander: Season 2 Finale
Monday 11th July
Preacher: Episode 7
Roadies: Episode 3
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The Lucky One
Tuesday 12th July
UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 6
Thursday 14th July
American Gothic: Episode 4
Friday 15th July
The Hangover Part II
Monday 18th July
Preacher: Episode 8
Roadies: Episode 4
Tuesday 19th July
UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 7
Grace of Monaco
Thursday 21st July
American Gothic: Episode 5
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 3
Thunderbirds Are Go: Season 1, Part 2 (Episodes 14 to 26)
Saturday 23rd July
The Last Witch Hunter
Monday 25th July
Preacher: Episode 9
Roadies: Episode 5
Tuesday 26th July
UnREAL: Season 2, Episode 8
BrainDead: Episode 5
Thursday 28th July
American Gothic: Episode 6
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 4
Friday 29th July
Rock of Ages
Saturday 30th July
DCU: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Wrath of the Titans