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Get caught in a spell with Fantastic Friends

Get caught in a spell with Fantastic Friends

Join Harry Potter’s James and Oliver Phelps as they travel the world with their well-known friends, exclusively on Virgin TV

By Virgin TV Edit

Imagine appearing in one of the world’s most successful film series across 10 spellbinding years. Turning from boys to men, child actors to film stars, in front of packed cinemas year after year. And then… it finishes. It leads to a question that would stump even some of Hogwarts’ finest minds: what next?


For James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films, they decided to do what so many “students” do after years at “school”. They decided to travel the world – and you can accompany them in their travelogue series Fantastic Friends.


Join them as they venture out from the classroom and journey around the globe. From hanging out with whales in Iceland to the stunning island of St Lucia, they’ll explore enchanting places and take on phenomenal challenges, while managing all kinds of mischief along the way.


Joining them on this magical adventure are some of their famous friends who have a similar level of, ahem, wand-er lust – as many of them walked the Great Hall alongside the twins, including Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, and Bonnie Wright, their on-screen sister Ginny Weasley.


You can watch Fantastic Friends exclusively on the Virgin Ultra HD channel, meaning the pair’s adventures will be screened in pixel-perfect, ultra-high-definition on CH 175/999. Episode 1 lands on Thursday 11 April at 8.10pm, with new episodes coming weekly.


The Virgin Ultra HD channel presents unmissable entertainment in glorious ultra-high-definition, all in one place. The channel is available to Full House, Maxit, MegaTV and now Mix customers with a Virgin TV 360 or V6 box. Customers with Stream from Virgin Media can also get the channel as part of the Essential Entertainment package.


If you miss any episode of Fantastic Friends, don’t forget you’ll also be able to find the series through On Demand in Catch Up. And if you don’t have an Ultra HD or 4K telly, you can still watch the channel through an HD set.


Throughout the series, James and Oliver will meet up with other non-Potter pals who have had similar experiences to them, such as Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment.


Here’s our travel guide to Fantastic Friends series 1.


Saint Lucia with Maisie Williams

Watch episode 1, Thursday 11 April, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Maisie Williams’s relaxing holiday is gate-crashed by James and Oliver as they join her on the stunning Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Expect swimming and sailing challenges, beautiful views, heroic hikes, plenty of rum and… a chocolate massage?


Iceland with Bonnie Wright

Watch episode 2, Thursday 18 April, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

The pair’s former on-screen sister Bonnie Wright joins the twins in the eco-haven of Iceland. They’ll hang out with whales, explore incredible caves, ride tiny horses and trek up an active volcano – plus they’ll catch up on all things Potter.


Dubai with Luke Youngblood

Watch episode 3, Thursday 25 April, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Luke, who played Lee Jordan in the Potter films, is magicked away alongside James and Oliver to the desert oasis of Dubai. While there, the trio will experiment with jetpacks, go diving into the deepest pool on Earth, race speedboats and play an epic round of golf.


Poland with Sophie Skelton

Watch episode 4, Thursday 2 May, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

James and Oliver interrupt Outlander’s Sophie Skelton’s chilled weekend getaway to Krakow in Poland. While there, the trio will venture to the Tatra mountains in search of adventure, river rafting, treacherous treks and the chance to explore an active salt mine.


Austria with Haley Joel Osment

Watch episode 5, Thursday 9 May, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Haley Joel Osment accompanies the twins to the Austrian town of Innsbruck. Soon they’re heading to the mountains to discuss child stardom as well as enjoying an exciting cocktail of ski challenges, bone-rattling bobsledding, beer and witchcraft.


Ireland with Evanna Lynch

Watch episode 6, Thursday 16 May, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

In the final episode of series 1, James and Oliver catch a flight to Ireland to meet up with Evanna Lynch. They’ll join her father and the rest of the Lynch clan in the Irish countryside for hurling, dancing and a date with the spirits.


But wait! There are more Fantastic Friends on the way

Once series 1 concludes on Thursday 16 May, you won’t have to wait, because series 2 arrives just one week later from Thursday 22 May at 8.10pm. James and Oliver’s friends in the second season include their on-screen dad Mark Williams, former Hogwarts classmate and stone fox Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Game Of Thrones’ Alfie Allen, The Umbrella Academy’s Genesis Rodriguez and more.


How to access the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel

You’ll find all the details explaining what you need here. Then simply go to CH 175 or CH 999 to access Virgin TV Ultra HD. Don’t have a 4K TV? Never fear, because you can also watch the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel through your HD TV.


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