What To Watch Online This Month

There are plenty of exciting TV and film releases to see you through the next month. With a variety of new picks across Netflix, Now, Disney+ and Apple TV+, here’s what to add to your August watch list.
By Heather Steele /

A Kidnapping Scandal: The Florence Cassez Affair, Netflix

This true-crime documentary examines the case of Florence Cassez and Israel Vallarta, alleged kidnappers and one of the most notable and scandalous cases in Mexico’s history. Through interviews and analysis of public records, the film details the irregularities of this case and throws light on the people at the centre of what became a diplomatic scandal between Mexico and France.

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The Idol, Now

From the minds of Sam Levinson (the director behind Malcolm & Marie and Euphoria) and musician The Weeknd, this new series is set against the backdrop of the music industry and focuses on a self-help guru and leader of a modern-day cult who enters into a complicated relationship with a rising pop idol, played by Lily-Rose Depp.

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Bad Sisters, Apple TV+

Bad Sisters is the newest comedy from creator and star Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe). A delicious blend of both dark comedy and thriller set in the breath-taking coast of Ireland, the ten-episode series follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, who are bound together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another. In addition to Horgan, the show stars Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Eva Birthistle (The Last Kingdom), Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders) and Eve Hewson (The Luminaries).

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Blacksite, Now

A group of officers based in a labyrinthine top-secret CIA facility must fight for their lives against Hatchet, a brilliant and infamous high-value detainee. When he escapes, his mysterious and deadly agenda has far-reaching and dire consequences.

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House of the Dragon, Now

After a long wait, House of the Dragon – the prequel to Game of Thrones – arrives on HBO and Now at the end of the month. No doubt fans of GoT will be hoping this series reignites their passion for George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world after the universal disappointment of the rushed last series. House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the events of GoT, and tells the story of House Targaryen. Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint and Rhys Ifans all star – alongside some impressive-looking dragons. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for another hit.

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Welcome to Wrexham, Disney+

Yes, this is about football, but don’t let that put you off. This new docuseries tracks the dreams of working-class Wrexham as two Hollywood stars – Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) – take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club. The worry? Rob and Ryan have no experience in football or working with each other. From Hollywood to Wales, from the pitch to the locker room, the front office to the pub, Welcome to Wrexham tracks Rob and Ryan’s crash course in football club ownership and the connected fates of a team and a town counting on two actors to bring some serious hope and change to the community.

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Five Days at Memorial, Apple TV+

Starring an award-winning ensemble cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Cornelius Smith Jr. and Cherry Jones, Five Days at Memorial chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital are forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come. A powerful watch based on the real-life book of the same name.

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Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, Netflix

Loved Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened? You’ll love this. Woodstock 1999 was supposed to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love and great music. Instead, the festival degenerated into an epic trainwreck of fires, riots and destruction. Using rare insider footage and eyewitness interviews with an impressive list of festival staffers, performers and attendees, this docuseries goes behind the scenes to reveal the egos, greed and music that fuelled three days of utter chaos.

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Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, Netflix

Critically acclaimed series Untold returns, once again bringing fresh eyes to epic tales from the world of sports. Landing on Netflix weekly, each film kicks off at a pivotal moment and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it, to reveal the grit, resilience, heartbreak, triumph, violence, comedy and pathos beneath the sweat. In this first episode, all-American football standout Manti Te'o leads a simple life summed up in just three words: faith, family, football. College football's golden boy could do no wrong, but when tragedy strikes, the increased scrutiny of his online relationship causes a media maelstrom that threatens his future and legacy. 

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Selling The OC, Netflix

A fresh set of realtors square off, competing to establish themselves at The Oppenheim Group’s second office on the Orange County coast. Will the pressure prove too much for these agents to handle? And how much of the original cast will we get to see in the new setting? We’re hoping queen Christine is on hand to show to newcomers how it’s done.

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