Skip to main content

Your August bank holiday viewing guide!

Your August bank holiday viewing guide!

Things are hotting up this weekend, with loads of sizzling entertainment on Virgin TV

Discover the weekend highlights you definitely need to know about…

Plan your bank holiday viewing

The bank holiday weekend is almost upon us, which means you have an important choice to make.


You could go out and frolic in the glorious sunshine. Or, you could draw the curtains, get comfy on the sofa, and enjoy three days of dazzling entertainment on the box. (Let’s be honest: it’s a no-brainer.)


Whether you’re after a mega movie marathon, something for the little ones, or a smattering of stunning sporting action, there’s no shortage of top telly to feast your eyes on. Here, we pick out the must-watch highlights you won’t want to miss…


For the big kids…

Hook, Saturday 25 August, 9.10am, Sony Movie Channel (CH 425)

Steven Spielberg’s spectacular fantasy adventure is perfect bank holiday viewing for little and big kids alike. Robin Williams stars as an adult Peter Pan, who must go back to Neverland to rescue his young children from the dastardly Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith complete the stellar cast.


For the sci-fi fans…

Star Trek Movie Marathon, from Saturday 25 August, 1.30pm, SYFY/HD (CH 135/165)

With more action and adventure than you can shake a phaser at, get ready for three days of Star Trek blockbusters on SYFY. From 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture to 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection, that’s nine films of intergalactic awesomeness. To not tune in would be highly illogical.


For the armchair athletes…

Vuelta A España 2018, Saturday 25 August, 5.15pm, Eurosport 1/HD (CH 523/521)

Lasting three thigh-burning weeks, the Vuelta sits alongside the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France as one of cycling’s most prestigious annual road events. Chris Froome pedalled his way to glory 12 months ago, but can the Team Sky rider make it back-to-back triumphs? It all kicks off this weekend with an individual time trial in Malaga.


For the true crime buffs…

Who Killed Tupac?, Sunday 26 August, 10pm, HISTORY®/HD (CH 270/299). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > HISTORY®. Find episode 1 in Catch Up TV

The murder of rapper Tupac Shakur in 1996 remains one of popular culture’s most intriguing unsolved crimes. This exclusive docuseries, which continues with part two of six this week, attempts to unpack what exactly happened to one of the music industry’s best-selling stars. Want to know more about the show? Read our full preview right here.


For the little ones…

Blaze And The Monster Machines, Monday 27 August, 8am, Nick Jr. (CH 715)

Strap yourself in and hold on tight for a brand new episode of the hugely popular animated kids series. Blaze and Crusher are ready to go head to head, but how is Blaze going to beat his arch rival if he doesn’t have an engine?


Looking for even more great Nick shows? Your little ones can now find them on the awesome NickPlay app!


For cult comedy lovers…

Ghostbusters II, Monday 27 August 4.30pm, Sony Movie Channel (CH 425)

Preyed on by poltergeists? Who you gonna call? Well, you could do worse than this band of paranormal spirit suckers, led once again by happy-go-lucky parapsychology doctor Peter Venkman (Bill Murray). There’s excitement and ectoplasm by the bucketload as the team fight for their right to exorcise New York City from a deluge of dark forces.

For the whole house…

Bank Holiday Family Day, Monday 27 August, from 9.10am, Sony Movie Channel (CH 425)

Can’t decide on what to watch? Settle down with the family and tune into the Sony Movie Channel for a whole day of amazing flicks this Bank Holiday Monday. From James And The Giant Peach to Beethoven’s 2nd, you’re all sorted for fantastic films!


You might also like

Channels, content and features available depend on your chosen package.

TV channels: Channel line-ups are subject to change and regional variations. TV packs currently exclude some teletext services.

HD: HD TV required to view HD channels. Number of inclusive HD channels depends on package.