What’s leaving Amazon Prime UK in November and December 2015?
James R | On 26, Nov 2015
As another month draws to a close, we prepare to bid farewell to films and TV shows on the various subscription services in the UK. Amazon Prime’s churn of titles is more active than most, mainly because they tend to only acquire the rights for films a few months at a time, then bring them back again a few months after that. (Hall Pass, 300, and other Warner Bros. titles, for example, will leave our shores shortly, but will sail back again in the near future.)
As a result, it’s often difficult to keep an eye on what’s coming and going. But we’ve managed to track down the films leaving Amazon’s subscription service in the coming days and weeks. The exact date of departure isn’t confirmed for many of them, but we’ve included dates where we can – and will continue to update this when we confirm new dates.
And so, without further ado, here’s a list of what’s exiting Amazon Prime UK in November and December 2015.
The Inbetweeners: Season 1 to 3 – 30th November
Yes, the great Channel 4 cull that recently struck Netflix is marching on Amazon Prime, with the rights to Skins, Misfits, Fresh Meat and more all set to expire shortly – most likely as part of a move from Channel 4 to bring more people to its recently revamped All 4 VOD hub. First to get the chop is The Inbetweeners, so if you’re a fan of this rude, endearingly awkward coming-of-age comedy, hang out with Will, Simon, Neil and Jay while you can.
Desperate Housewives: Season 1 to 9 – 30th November
ABC’s drama gradually moved from American Beauty to trashy soap, but there’s much to enjoy in this satirical look behind the USA’s perfectly, white picket fences – especially when the catty cast includes Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Dana Delany and Eva Longoria.
Peep Show: Season 1 to 8 – Leaving Soon
Just as Mark and Jeremy’s painfully believable internal monologues begin their final assault on our consciences, the first eight seasons of Peep Show prepare to depart Amazon Prime’s line-up. Like Channel 4’s other shows, though, they’re still on All 4 to watch, along with Season 9.
The IT Crowd – 30th November
A comedy about people who work in a company’s tech department? Graham Linehan’s sitcom might not have sounded like much on paper but thanks to his sharp writing and a top-notch comic cast that includes Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayaode and Katherine Parkinson, this is side-splittingly hilarious stuff. Linehan’s other Channel 4 classic, Father Ted, will also be bidding farewell soon.
Spaced – Leaving Soon
Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson) play two adorably geeky flatmates in this inspired comedy from Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost – a taste of the Cornetto-flavoured wit and ingenuity that was to come in their big screen outings.
Black Mirror – Leaving Soon
Technology is great until it’s horrible, warping your world view, twisting your morals and leaving you alone, sad and paranoid on the floor. The same is true of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, a modern-day Twilight Zone so topical, barbed and classy that it’s since been picked up by Netflix as an original series for the streaming service. Brooker’s similarly demented Nathan Barley is also departing Amazon Prime.
Broken – Leaving Soon
Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear star in this light-hearted and serious-headed British drama, which follows three sets of neighbours in a small cul-de-sac. The screen is stolen away from them, though, by young star Eloise Laurence, who plays 11-year-old diabetic Skunk.
A Knight’s Tale – Leaving Soon
Heath Ledger. Rufus Sewell. Paul Bettany. Alan Tudyk. Jousting. This historical romp is as fun as you remember.
The Illusionist – Leaving Soon
Sylvain Chomet takes an old Jacques Tati script and turns it into a timeless animated gem about an ageing magician, who befriends a girl in period Edinburgh. The stunningly simple visuals will make you smile, but the gently tragic plot – which unfolds in almost total silence – will bring tears to your eyes.
Final Destination 5 – Leaving Soon
You’d think that four movies in a row of extended death scenes would get old, but Final Destination 5 comes up with an inspired twist that makes this a surprisingly smart marriage of blood and brains. The best of the series? Go on then.
The Place Beyond the Pines – Leaving Soon
Reuniting Ryan Gosling and Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance, this is an epic tale of failed father figures and loyalty that spans generations – and burns with the intensity of Gosling riding a motorbike around a circle of death. Mesmerising, lyrical stuff.
300 – Leaving Soon
Zack Snyder’s Gerard Butler-wielding, loin cloth-wearing, slow-mo-loving testosterone fest makes for one stylish, if shallow, watch.
Other films and TV shows leaving Amazon Prime UK soon
Inspector Gadget (1999)
Misfits: Season 1 to 5
Scooby-Doo Adventures! The Mystery Map
Friday Night Dinner
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Japan Tsunami: Caught on Camera
Margaret: Death of a Revolutionary
Crazy About One Direction
Trouble with the Curve
Dates: Season 1
Mixology: Season 1
Batman Year 1
Lean on Me
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: House of Mouse
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Death Row; Season 1
Beaver Falls: Season 1 and 2
Willy Wonky and the Chocolate Factory
Pee Wee’s Big Adventureoon
Shark in Venice