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May 2024 watchlist

May 2024 watchlist


We’ve got all the top picks on BBC iPlayer, Channel 4, Prime Video and Paramount+ and in On Demand to keep you entertained this May

By Virgin TV Edit

Every month brings with it a load of top telly – and this May is no different. But who has time to sift through the thousands of hours of certified fresh TV to pick out the great from the good? That’s where we come in. 

Roll up your sleeves at Clarkson’s Farm, set off across time and space in Doctor Who or join the Scooby Gang in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There’s all this and more to discover across BBC iPlayer, Channel 4, Prime Video and Paramount+ and in On Demand. Keep scrolling to see all our highlights on Virgin TV this month. Or check out what’s new on Netflix this month for our pick of the best TV and movies on the service. 


Need some tips on how to access some of these services on Virgin TV? You’ll find them at the end of this article.


Here’s our picks of the best stuff to stream this May.


The Idea Of You

Find it in Apps > Prime Video from Thursday 2 May

While romancing the lead singer of one of the hottest boy bands on the planet may be a fantasy for most, it’s a dream come true for single mother Solène (Anne Hathaway). Inspired by Robinne Lee’s novel of the same name, this feel-good flick begins with an unexpected encounter between Solène and superstar Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) at Coachella Music Festival. What follows is a whirlwind romance and new life in the spotlight, where Solène soon discovers that her newfound love might be more than she bargained for.


Clarkson’s Farm

Find season 3 part 1 in Apps > Prime Video from Friday 3 May. Find season 3 part 2 in Apps > Prime Video from Friday 10 May. Season 1-2 available now

Diddly Squat is facing disaster as Jeremy Clarkson leans into some fresh challenges of the British agriculture industry. From severe weather and sky-high inflation to dashed dreams of an on-site restaurant, the former Top Gear presenter must come up with an avalanche of Clarkson-crafted schemes and quick to save his farm. Expect tears, tantrums, goats and mushrooms.



Find it in Apps > Prime Video from Friday 17 May

Manchester United’s treble-winning season marked the first of its kind in football. And this documentary gives unprecedented access to the players and punters who experienced history in the making over 10 pivotal days in 1999. Red Devil fans can look forward to exclusive interviews with David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and, of course, Sir Alex Ferguson.


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Find it in Apps > Prime Video from Friday 31 May

Volunteer as tribute and enter The Hunger Games world as you’ve never seen it before. Before Katniss Everdeen was leading a rebellion against the Capitol, its leader President Snow was better known as Coriolanus “Coryo” Snow (Tom Blyth). Set against the 10th Annual Hunger Games, Suzanne Collin’s prequel instalment sees a young Coryo mentor District 12’s female tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler). The pair form an unsteady alliance before the games’ corruption eventually leads Coryo to his dictatorial destiny.


Granite Harbour

Stream series 2 in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Friday 3 May. Series 1 available now

This popular drama series returns to Aberdeen for a new three-part series as Lindo (Romario Simpson), Bart (Hannah Donaldson) and the police team investigate two fatal cases with dark consequences at their heart, immersing the Major Investigations Team in The Granite City’s criminal underworld.


The Responder

Stream series 2 in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Sunday 5 May. Series 1 available now

Martin Freeman (Breeders) is back in this critically acclaimed thriller about a morally corrupt police officer serving in Liverpool. The new series of The Responder follows Chris Carson (Freeman) as he tries to go straight, before an encounter with one of Liverpool’s top drug dealers sees him fall back into his old ways. Gripping telly.


I Kissed A Girl

Stream series 1 in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Sunday 5 May

They kissed a girl and they liked it! Dannii Minogue is playing Cupid in the BBC’s first-of-its kind dating show for girls who like girls. The reality series has the same format as its predecessor I Kissed A Boy, following 10 single contestants as they search their dream partner through a number of “kiss-off” challenges.


The Young Offenders

Stream series 4 in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Friday 10 May. Series 1-3 available now

After a four-year hiatus, Peter Foott’s Cork-based comedy is returning to our screens. And fans will be picking up where they left off with lovable rogues Conor MacSweeney (Alex Murphey) and Jock O’Keeffe (Chris Walley), as well as Conor’s mother Máiréad (Hilary Rose) who tries to keep the pair out of too much trouble.


Doctor Who

Stream series 1 in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Saturday 11 May

After Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education) made his stunning Doctor Who debut in December and followed it up with a rip-roaring Christmas Day episode, he’s kickstarting a full series as the world’s most famous Time Lord. Expect more out-of-this-world adventures through time with new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson, Coronation Street), with stops in the Regency era as well as the swinging 60s and a certain Fab Four. Groovy…


Eurovision Song Contest 2024 Grand Final

Stream it in Apps > BBC iPlayer from Saturday 11 May

Grab your scorecards because it’s time for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest! Held in Sweden for the seventh time, the musical extravaganza will see 37 participants strutting their stuff over two semi-finals (Tuesday 7 May and Thursday 9 May) for a coveted spot in the Grand Final. And we’ll be cheering on the UK’s high profile entry Olly Alexander, with the Years & Years vocalist performing his new single “Dizzy”.


Miriam: Death Of A Reality Star

Find it in Apps > Channel 4 now

This brand new docuseries tells the extraordinary story of Miriam Rivera – the world’s first transgender reality TV star. Using Miriam’s own voice and words alongside a rich archive of footage and interviews with Miriam’s friends and family, the series explores the star’s rise to fame through controversial dating show There’s Something About Miriam and her remarkable legacy as a trailblazer in the transgender community.


Jamie Cooks Spring

Find series 1 in Apps > Channel 4 from Monday 29 April

Jamie Oliver is back and this time he’s celebrating the very best of local and seasonal produce, showing foodie enthusiasts how to whip up mouth-watering dishes with his inspiring recipes. And to bring in spring, Jamie is searching for the freshest new fruits and vegetables in his garden, resulting in some hot and sour rhubarb crispy pork noodles, a luxurious spinach and goat’s cheese risotto and his crowd-pleasing scruffy spring tart. Yum!


Spacey Unmasked

Find it in Apps > Channel 4 from Early May Bank Holiday Monday

Veteran documentary maker Mike Lerner and Channel 4’s former Editor at Large Dorothy Byrne, whose previous projects include Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell? and Leaving Neverland are producing another hard-hitting docuseries together. This time they’re examining the allegations made against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, as he faces accusations from multiple men of grooming, sexual harassment and abuse in two ongoing court cases.


Me And The Voice In My Head

Find it in Apps > Channel 4 from Monday 13 May

To mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness week this year, former Hollyoaks actor Joe Tracini bravely shares his story about living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Aiming to raise awareness about his condition Joe introduces viewers to Mick, the constant voice inside Joe’s head who lives alongside him, with the powerful documentary also featuring interviews with Joe’s family, friends and field experts.


The Nevermets

Find series 1 in Apps > Channel 4 from Friday 24 May

Would you date someone that you’d never met before? Well, that’s the reality for these lovers who are about to meet their online other half for the first time. This six-parter captures these couples getting to know each other in real time, while discovering if their virtual relationship is set to flourish or fail away from the screen.


We Are Lady Parts

Find series 2 in Apps > Channel 4 from Thursday 30 May. Series 1 available now

Here come the girls! Amina (Anjana Vasan), Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey), Ayesha (Juliette Motamed), Bisma (Faith Omole) and Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse) are back and riding high after returning from their UK tour. However, there’s a new rival band in town and as Lady Parts records their first-ever album, they all question whether making it big is what they truly want. Keep your eyes peeled for a special guest cameo from Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.


The Gathering

Find series 1 in Apps > Channel 4 this month

From novelist Helen Walsh and the producers of Line Of Duty comes this thrilling whodunnit drama that centres around a violent attack against a teenage girl. When accomplished tumbling gymnast Kelly (Eva Morgan) is found unresponsive during an illegal rave, the local police are quick to investigate her friends and their parents who all have their own motives for committing this crime.


The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Find season 1 in On Demand from Thursday 2 May

Inspired by Heather Morris’ international best-selling novel of the same name, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz tells the real-life story of Holocaust survivors Lali and Gita Sokolov. When Slovakian Jew Lali (Jonah Hauer-King, World On Fire) is deported to Auschwitz in 1942, he’s made a Tätowierer who inks identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms. One day, he meets Gita (Anna Próchniak, Baptiste) and so begins a courageous love story that defies the horrors around them. 


The Killer Interview With Piers Morgan

Find season 1 in On Demand from Sunday 5 May

Piers Morgan goes behind prison walls to meet with convicted killers who are pleading their cases in this explosive docuseries. Together, Morgan and the prisoners re-examine some of the most gruesome murders ever committed, discussing new insights, revelations and their alleged wrongful convictions.


The UnXplained With William Shatner

Find season 6 in On Demand from Early May Bank Holiday Monday. Seasons 1-5 available now

Prepare to have your world shatnered! Former Star Trek actor William Shatner returns to explore more of the planet’s most fascinating and inexplicable mysteries. And in the first episode of his latest series, he meets with scientists and historians to explore the unchartered world that exists beneath our feet.


Brawn: The Impossible Formula 1 Story

Find it in On Demand from Thursday 9 May

Two worlds collide as Hollywood icon and F1 superfan Keanu Reeves recalls one of the greatest underdog stories in sporting history. The gripping four-parter tells the tale of how Ross Brawn defied the odds and led the underfunded, understated, and independent team Brawn GP, to an unprecedented victory at the 2009 Formula One World Championship.


Hudson & Rex

Find season 6 in On Demand Sunday 12 May

Detective Charlie Hudson and his furry partner Rex are back to crack more cases wide open at St John’s Police Department. And this season the dynamic duo are tracking down missing passengers from a whale watching tour, investigating the disappearance of a prominent Judge and defusing a dangerous hostage situation.


The Guilty Innocent With Christopher Eccleston

Find it in On Demand from Tuesday 14 May

Emmy-award winning actor Christopher Eccleston is leading the investigations that look into some of the biggest miscarriages of justice in history. The new series examines two controversial convictions, including that of falsely accused murderer James Hanratty who was one of the last men to be hanged in Britain in 1962.


A League Of Their Own: Mexican Road Trip

Find it in On Demand from Tuesday 21 May

Get ready for more witty wisecracks and comedy capers as Jamie Redknapp and Jill Scott lead their teams on an epic road trip across Mexico. And along the way the gang are getting up to plenty of trouble as expected, taking part in a traditional Day Of The Dead parade and wrestling each other in a Lucha Libre match.


Fiennes: Return To The Wild

Find it in On Demand from Sunday 26 May

In this groundbreaking two-part documentary, famed explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes, trace the footsteps of Ranulph’s pioneering expedition across the Canadian wilderness in 1971. Together the pair reflect on Ranulph’s trailblazing triumphs including how he became the first person to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps, while discussing his newfound challenge of life with Parkinson’s disease.


The Sympathizer

Find season 1 in On Demand from Spring Bank Holiday Monday

The long-awaited screen adaptation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel is finally here. The seven-part series follows the story of the Captain (Hoa Xuande, Last King Of The Cross), a secret communist spy operating in Saigon for the North Vietnam army. But as the Vietnam War approaches its end, he switches allegiance and begins to spy for the Vietcong, struggling between his original loyalties and new life. Robert Downey Jr also stars.



Stream season 1 on Paramount+ throughout May

The Sonic The Hedgehog universe is expanding with its first-ever live-action TV series. Idris Elba lends his vocal talents to Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic’s hot-headed pal who agrees to train deputy sheriff Wade Whipple in the ways of the Echidna warrior. Chaos ensues and to make things worse, there are some baddies who want to steal Knuckles’ superpowers. Yikes!


Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Stream seasons 1-7 on Paramount+ from Friday 3 May

Calling all Buffy fans. One of the greatest teen dramas ever made is coming back to screens this month (all 144 episodes and 7 series of it to be precise). Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in her breakout role as Buffy Summers, an ordinary teen who’s given mystical powers to become a Slayer and fight the forces of darkness. Happy bingeing!


The X-Files

Stream seasons 1-4 from Monday 13 May, seasons 5-8 from Monday 20 May and seasons 9-11 from Bank Holiday Monday on Paramount+

If you missed this cult sci-fi series with telly’s creepiest theme tune the first-time round, be sure to add it to your watchlist now. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are Fox Mulder and Dana Sculley respectively, a pair of FBI Special Agents who investigate a series of unresolved cases known as the X Files believed to involve paranormal phenomena and extra-terrestrial activity.



Stream episode 1 and 2 of season 1 on Paramount+ from Thursday 23 May

British telly icon Vicky McClure is Emma, a woman whose world starts to unravel when her dream life turns into a living nightmare. The series begins weeks before Emma’s 40th birthday when she begins to suffer with insomnia, showcasing the same symptoms as her mother years earlier before she died following a violent psychotic breakdown. But to break the cycle and prevent tragedy from happening a second time, Emma must confront her painful past.


How to watch Paramount+ with Virgin TV

If you’re a Virgin TV 360 box or Stream from Virgin Media customer, you can get Paramount+ direct on your telly once you’ve got a subscription to the service. Simply sign up online, then log in on the box. And because Paramount+ is fully integrated into Virgin TV 360 and Stream, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after. You can also voice search Paramount+ shows with your remote, or say “Paramount Plus” to get to the app even faster.

How to watch Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®, and a subscription to the service. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime via the website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after. Virgin TV 360 customers can also find Prime Video shows and launch the app with voice search. 


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