American Gods. Those are the only two words you need to know about Amazon Prime Video UK in May, as Neil Gaiman’s novel finally arrives on our TV screens. With Ian McShane and Gillian Anderson leading an impressive cast of colourful characters, expect to be blinded by the arrival of new episodes every Monday. Luckily, we’re here to make sure you can still see the rest of the titles arriving each week, from Jill Soloway’s new TV show to the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water. For those who prefer the art in black-and-white and German, did we mention Toni Erdmann’s also on the way?
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in May 2017:
American Gods – 1st May
Neil Gaiman’s modern classic finally gets the TV treatment in this epic new series. When Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life, as he finds himself in the centre of a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear the growing power of the New Gods – and a war is brewing. Episodes are available to watch online in the UK every Monday, within hours of their US broadcast.
The Americans: Season 4 – 1st May
This period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration returns for a fourth run. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. As the Cold War rages on, paranoia on both sides reaches new heights, making Philip and Elizabeth’s work increasingly vital – and even more perilous. All episodes arrive at once.
Hell or High Water – 9th May
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster starring in a movie by David MacKenzie with a score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, written by Sicario’s Taylor Sheridan. Hell or High Water doesn’t disappoint, striking a perfect balance of action, humour, gorgeous Texan landscapes, and Jeff Bridges. Read our full review.
I Love Dick: Season 1 – 12th May
Transparent’s Jill Soloway and Kathryn Hahn reunite for this new Amazon original series, which follows indie filmmaker Chris (Kathryn Hahn, Transparent), who has spent most of her adult life in the shadow of her successful academic husband, Sylvère (Griffin Dunne, Dallas Buyers Club). When her big break goes wrong, she winds up stuck in the remote West Texas art haven of Marfa, run by the legendary artist Dick Jarrett (Kevin Bacon, The Following). It isn’t long before Dick Jarrett catches her eye – and that spark sets off a chain reaction of explosive artistic expression and wild self-discovery, forever upending Chris and Sylvère’s preconceptions about love and monogamy. All episodes arrive at once.
Casual: Season 3 – 24th May
Jason Reitman and Zander Lehmann’s comedy series about a bachelor brother, Alex (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister, Valerie (Michaela Watkins), returns for a third season. Living under one roof, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating, while raising her teenage daughter, Laura (Tara Lynne Barr). The first three arrive on 24th May, with episodes then added every week after their US broadcast.
Dino Dana – 26th May
Created by Annedroids’ J.J. Johnson, Amazon’s new original kids’ series is a follow-up to the 2015 Emmy award-winning Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures. The preschool programme combines live-action with CGI animation, featuring 11 new prehistoric creatures and, for the first time, two sisters. After a chance encounter with Trek and his Dino Field Guide, Dana (Michela Luci), a “palaeontologist in training,” begins to see dinosaurs all around her, leading to plenty of action and adventure. Every episode shares interesting dinosaur facts and applies them to kid-relatable experiences.
Toni Erdmann – 29th May
This portrait of an offbeat father-daughter relationship is remarkably touching and outrageously funny. A breakout hit at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the story of Ines, a highly-strung career woman whose life in corporate Bucharest takes a turn for the bizarre with the arrival of her estranged dad, is as humanist as it is absurdist – a comedy about the importance of celebrating the humour of the everyday.
Free State of Jones – TBC
Matthew McConaughey stars in this period drama about a disillusioned Confederate army deserter, who returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Animal Kingdom: Season 2 – 31st May
The US show inspired by the 2010 Australian movie of the same name returns for a second season. It follows 17-year-old Joshua (Finn Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town, after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Heading up the family is J’s estranged grandmother, Janine “Smurf” Cody (Barkin), whom he’s been shielded from for years. She is orbited by Baz (Scott Speedman), her relatively level-headed right-hand man whom she adopted when he was a teenager; Smurf’s eldest son, the quietly menacing, mentally disturbed Pope (Shawn Hatosy), who has just gotten out of prison; her tough, hyperactive, recreational drug-using middle son, Craig (Ben Robson); and the troubled and suspicious Deran (Jake Weary), the “baby” of the family. Episodes will arrive weekly, within 24 hours of their US debut.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in May 2017:
Taken: Season 1, Episode 10
Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 7
American Gods: Episode 2
Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 8
American Gods: Episode 3
Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 9
Life as We Know It
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
American Gods: Episode 4
Into the Badlands: Season 2, Episode 10
A Streetcar Named Desire
Nights in Rodanthe
American Gods: Episode 5
Casual: Season 3, Episode 4
Empire of the Sun
Fireman Sam: Heroes of the Storm (aka Ultimate Heroes)
Fireman Sam: Snow Business
Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy
Grumpy Old Men
The Devil’s Advocate
Wrath Of The Titans
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