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February 2024 watchlist

February 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

By Virgin TV Edit

Want the very best in US comedy? Of course you do! And the good news is that not only is there a new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm starting this month, but you can also now watch the complete Box Set of thespian hitman sadcom Barry. Both can be found in On Demand along with all the previous Curb seasons. Ted, the prequel series to the hit comedy movies, is also coming to On Demand while Prime Video brings you comic spy capers with Mrs & Mrs Smith, the spin-off from the seriously entertaining Brad and Angelina movie.

 

Speaking of seriously entertaining, the internet was agog at the trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s This Is Me… Now when it dropped in January. Is it a feature-length music video? A drama? A personal odyssey? All of these and more? Find out this month on Prime Video.

 

For fans of drama series, Channel 4 has romantic tale Alice And Jack, BBC iPlayer has thriller Nightsleeper and political intrigue in The Way, and new episodes of sci-fi shows Halo and Quantum Leap land on Paramount+.

 

In reality TV, there’s a new potential favourite in the form of Prime Video’s Married To The Game and the return of an old fave with series 18 (!!) of The Apprentice. And as it’s February, there’s love in the air too, with a Blind Dates special on Channel 4 and romcom Five Blind Dates on Prime.

 

All this and much more! Check out the best streaming shows for the month ahead in our February watchlist.

 

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.

 

Mr & Mrs Smith

Find season 1 in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 2 February

The 2005 film of the same name is getting a modern serialised reimaging from creative powerhouses Francesca Sloane and Donald Glover, who worked together on the superlative weirdcom Atlanta. Glover stars alongside Maya Erskine (PEN15) as the titular couple, two spies who have been paired to pose as a married couple while completing a series of deadly missions. What could possibly go wrong? 

 

Hot Mess Summer

Find season 1 in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Wednesday 7 February

Love Island meets Geordie Shore in this bingeable reality TV series hosted by Rylan Clark. A group of young, party-loving Brits think they’re off for the fun summer of a lifetime in Greece. The catch? Upon their arrival, they discover that instead they’re going to run a bar in one of Zante’s busiest party spots. Expect drama, dirty toilets and sparks to fly – on and off the clock.

 

Upgraded

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 9 February

Camila Mendes (Riverdale) brings a new meaning to “fake it until you make it” as Ana, an ambitious intern who wants to succeed in the art world. After a misunderstanding leads her to a first-class seat on a flight to London, she meets handsome stranger Will (Archie Renaux, Shadow And Bone) who mistakes her for a hot shot and so her glamorous new life begins. But only time will tell how long she’ll be able to keep up the charade from Will as well as her demanding boss Claire (Marisa Tomei, Spider-Man: No Way Home).

 

Five Blind Dates

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Tuesday 13 February

A brand new romcom to get you into the Valentine’s spirit? Yes please. When twenty-something Lia (Shuang Hu, All Summers End) is given a prophecy that promises to change her life forever, she thinks she’s found the answers to all her problems. The catch? She must date five different suitors, all chosen for her by family and friends, to unlock the secret that will save her beloved tea shop from closure.

 

The Grand Tour

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 16 February

With filming having wrapped in Zimbabwe for The Grand Tour’s final special (scheduled to air later this year), fans are preparing to be bereft – but fortunately there’s this new episode to keep them going. Join Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for a four-wheeled adventure in Mauritania, jam-packed with hilarious hijinks and motoring madness.

 

This Is Me... Now: A Love Story

Find it in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 16 February

Multi-award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Lopez returning to screens with a movie to boggle the eyes, mind, heart and possibly other organs. In this all-singing, all-dancing, genre-bending extravaganza, Lopez creatively details her journey to finding true love through her own eyes. Keep your eyes peeled for star-studded cameos among the breathtaking choreography and costumes, including Post Malone, Sofía Vergara, Keke Palmer and J-Lo’s husband Ben Affleck.

 

Married To The Game

Find series 1 in Apps & Games > Prime Video from Friday 23 February

Step into the glittering world of Premier League WAGs in this fly-on-the-wall docuseries. Cameras follow the footballers’ partners Sara Arfaoui (wife of İlkay Gündoğan), Natalia Leteri (Jorginho), Samantha John Stone (James Tarkowski), Ashley Herron (Matt Turner) and Taylor Ward (Riyad Mahrez), who share everything from their luxurious lifestyles to the stresses of relocating during the summer transfer window.

 

Gladiators

Stream series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer now

Contenders, ready! Gladiators, ready! If you haven’t been tuning into the revival of this iconic series already (have you been living under a rock?) then it needs to be at the top of your watch list. Every episode sees four contenders complete challenges across speed and strength categories, before going head-to-head in the nail-biting Eliminator course. All while avoiding the clutches of the super-strength gladiators, of course. 

 

The Apprentice

Stream series 18 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer from Thursday 1 February. Series 17 available now

Business tycoon Alan Sugar returns to the boardroom with his trusted advisors Karren Brady and Tim Campbell to face 18 new candidates ready to strut their stuff. The hopefuls will be using all their smarts to battle it out for the opportunity of a lifetime – a £250,000 investment and Sugar’s mentorship. And with their initial challenge involving pulling off a high-end away day for corporate clients, which team will keep their cool and which will fall at the first hurdle? 

 

Nightsleeper

Stream series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer from Monday 12 February

Travellers on the overnight rail service will be wishing that their train was cancelled in this twisty, real-time thriller. Set on a sleeper train from Glasgow to London, the six-part drama follows the rapidly escalating events on board that place the passengers’ lives in danger. Two strangers – off-duty police officer Joe (Joe Cole, Gangs Of London) and National Cyber Security director Abby (Alexandra Roach, The Light In The Hall) – must work together to avert disaster.

 

Bad Education

Stream series 5 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer from Monday 19 February. Series 1-4 available now

School is back in session at Abbey Grove after Bad Education’s toe-tapping Christmas extravaganza. Following Layton Williams’ successful stint on Strictly, he returns as drama teacher Stephen along with the new generation of Class K for a new term of classroom chaos. Charlie Wernham (EastEnders), Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey) and Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On) also star.

 

The Way

Stream series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer this month

This new political drama brings home the realities that many families face when fleeing violence in their own countries. Created by James Graham (Quiz, Sherwood), idiosyncratic documentarian Adam Curtis and actor Michael Sheen, the series follows the Driscoll family who must decide whether to stay or escape their small town after a civil uprising changes their lives forever. Sheen (Good Omens), Steffan Rhodri (Gavin & Stacey), Sophie Melville (The Pact), Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin) and Luke Evans (Good Grief) star.

 

First Dates Valentine’s Special

Find it in Apps & Games > Channel 4 from Tuesday 13 February

It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a loved-up offering from our favourite dating show. As always, maître d’ Fred Sirieix will be playing matchmaker as hopeful singles brave the bar stool, waiting for the partner of their dreams. And what will be on the menu? We’re hoping for Marry-me chicken (it’s a thing, we promise… Google it!), heart-shaped chocolate fondants (perfect for strawberry dipping) and some serious flirting.

 

Alice And Jack

Find series 1 in Apps & Games > Channel 4 from Wednesday 14 February

When Alice (Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie) meets Jack (Domhnall Gleeson, Brooklyn), their attraction is instant. But will their powerful connection stand the test of time or will life and all its complications get in the way? This honest, intimate and beautifully told tale from award-winning writer and director Victor Levin (Mad Men) is a love story for all ages. Heartfelt and funny, it’ll have you laughing through your tears.

 

Perfect Pub Walks With Bill Bailey

Find series 1 in in Apps & Games > Channel 4 from Sunday 25 February

What could be better than a pub walk? A pub walk with funny man Bill Bailey, that’s what. In this new four-parter, the nation’s comedy treasure takes celebrity guests on rambles around the Peak District, Somerset, Dorset and Suffolk in search of the UK’s most spectacular inns. Cue lovely countryside, well-deserved pints and some candid and personal chat. Like Gone Fishing without the hooks, lines and baits, it’s a must-watch from us. 

 

Married At First Sight UK: Reunion Special

Find it in in Apps & Games > Channel 4 from Sunday 25 February

Want to know whether love has lasted or languished for 2023’s MAFS couples? Then don’t miss the big reunion that will reveal what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling. Are Paul and Tasha still together? Have Laura and Arthur decided to try again? You’ll have to watch to find out! And if you’re still after your MAFS fix post-reunion, an all-new series of Married At First Sight Australia begins on Monday 26 February. Score!

 

The Murder Retrial

Find series 1 in in Apps & Games > Channel 4 from Sunday 25 February

How objective can a jury really be? Can you trust your average Joe or Jean to make complex legal judgements? Does trial by our peers really deliver justice? These are the important questions this groundbreaking investigative show is trying to address. Recreating a real murder trial in front of two randomly selected juries, the series will explore how a jury works and whether its verdicts are as reliable as we think.

 

Agatha Raisin

Find series 1-4 in On Demand now

Ashley Jensen (Shetland) first portrayed life Agatha Raisin, the PR exec turned detective from MC Beaton’s popular novels, in 2014 and now you can gorge on all 20 episodes of the delightfully fluffy murder mysteries, starting with “The Quiche Of Death”. Play fun games of spot the victim and the murderer with guest stars including Patsy Kensit (Holby City), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out) and Phil Daniels (Boat Story).

 

Barry

Find seasons 1-4 in On Demand now

Bill Hader’s Emmy-winning black comedy about a hitman taking acting classes, one of the most acclaimed series of recent years, is now available to watch as a complete Box Set. As Barry Berkman (Hader) tries, and usually fails, to channel his violent urges into performance rather than murder, it’ll take you to some dark places, but the superb cast – including Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler – handle the clash of intense drama and twisted humour with aplomb. An essential watch.

 

Sort Of

Find season 3 in On Demand from Thursday 1 February. Seasons 1-2 available now

Bilal Baig co-created and stars in this comedy series – based on their play Acha Bacha, which was in turn based on Baig’s life – about a young Pakistani-Canadian trying to balance work, religion and family responsibilities with their non-conforming gender identity. Tender, heartfelt and sensitive, it never lets the social issues it showcases get in the way of big laughs. The first two seasons won a whopping 10 Canadian Screen Awards, and the third and final series is in On Demand this February.

 

The Fix

Find it in On Demand from Thursday 1 February

Prosecutor Maya Travis (Robin Tunney, The Craft) was forced to resign in disgrace after failing to convict movie star Sevvy Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, His Dark Materials) of murder. Eight years later, she’s handed the chance to redeem herself when he’s suspected of murder again. But the case is more complicated than it seems at first – and Travis also has to negotiate the vicious politics of the LA District Attorney’s office… All 10 episodes of this fast-moving US legal drama are available to binge this month.

 

Fantasy Football League

Find series 2 in On Demand from Friday 2 February. Series 1 available now

As the race for the Premier League hots up, the Fantasy League battle gets serious too, so it’s the perfect time for Matt Lucas, Elis James and Andrew Mensah to return with another series of the irreverent fantasy-based comedy show. Along with a host of special guests – including football legends Jack Wilshere, Wes Morgan and Emile Heskey and more – the trio will take a sideways glance at the week’s footy news, share hilarious anecdotes and recreate famous moments from the beautiful game.

 

Tell Them You Love Me

Find it in On Demand from Saturday 3 February

This fascinating documentary film challenges our perceptions about disability, consent, power and morality. Professor Anna Stubblefield helped Derrick Johnson, a non-verbal man with cerebral palsy, to communicate via a keyboard using an innovative but contentious technique. Johnson’s family were delighted – until Stubblefield revealed she had also begun a sexual relationship with him. The result was an extraordinary and complex criminal case. Using footage and extensive interviews, director Nick August-Perna and executive producer Louis Theroux weave a riveting and endlessly nuanced story.

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Find season 12 in On Demand from Monday 5 February. Seasons 1-11 available now

One of the most influential, beloved and riotously funny shows in TV history comes to an end this year with the 12th and final season of Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. And we’re sure that in these episodes, Larry will finally straighten out his social anxieties, find his place in the world and achieve contentment… Wow, can you imagine?! Expect the usual absurd adventures in cringe and pettiness from Larry and co right till the end. The silver lining? The show went on a six-year hiatus before and returned, so we’re not counting it out just yet.

 

Miss Scarlett And The Duke

Find series 4 in On Demand from Wednesday 7 February. Series 1-3 available now

After three series, the swashbuckling adventures of Victorian detectives Eliza Scarlett (Kate Phillips, Peaky Blinders) and William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin, Jamestown) show no sign of letting up or slowing down. Eliza has taken over the agency of rival detective Patrick Nash (Felix Scott, Grantchester), much to the chagrin of his employees – but before she can address her staffing problems, there’s another case to solve. Fans will be keen to find out how much longer our dashing duo can keep up their will-they-won’t-they shenanigans…

 

Billy Connolly Does…  

Find series 3 in On Demand from Thursday 8 February. Series 1-2 available now

This series is doing a great job of bringing us the comic utterances of one of the greatest ever stand-ups, despite his mobility problems that mean he’s no longer able to take to the stage. In the new series, The Big Yin regales viewers with his thoughts on Scottish pride, food, unhealthy habits, the battle for social equality, the space race and more. Want to know how he fell in the Clyde or why he once had a chat with a wasp? The answers are here.

 

Ted

Find season 1 in On Demand from Friday 9 February

In the huge hit comedy film Ted, we saw how a magically-brought-to-life teddy bear caused trouble for his adult best friend’s romantic adventures – but what about those awkward teenage years? In this prequel series set in 1993, Ted is both a bad influence and a loyal best friend who’ll go the extra mile for his pal John. But in high school, the consequences can be brutal… Seth McFarlane returns to voice the cynical toy, reuniting with Max Burkholder (who provided various Family Guy voices) as John as well as his The Orville co-star Scott Grimes, who plays John’s short-tempered dad.

 

Rob & Romesh Vs F1 

Find it in On Demand from Thursday 16 February. Series 1-5 and specials available now

After taking on football, basketball, golf and more sports in their previous ventures, this time Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan are feeling the need for speed. In this two-part special, they meet star F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at the ultra-glamorous Monaco Grand Prix, and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolf puts them through their paces to see if they can handle the demands of high-speed racing. But will they get a chance to roar around the track in a car worth £12 million? Almost certainly not.

 

Into Alaska With Sue Perkins

Find it in On Demand this month

Comedian, presenter and former Bake Off host/chief innuendo-ist Sue Perkins heads for North America’s final frontier, a land of extremes – from the weather to the wilderness to the way of life. She comes face to face with Alaskan wildlife, feeding a baby moose and learning how to protect herself from bears, as well as meeting native people and other remote communities and discovering how life works on the edge of civilisation. We had you at baby moose, right?

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Find it on Paramount+ from Thursday 1 February

The third reboot of the Ninja Turtles movies is a blast for kids and adults alike. Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) weave a fresh and funny spin on the story, in which the world’s most famous mutagenic turtles search the streets of New York City for pizza and heroic acts. But when the Turtle bros stumble across a fellow mutant who plans to take over the world, their quest to be seen as normal teens is soon thwarted.

 

A Bloody Lucky Day

Find season 1 on Paramount+ from Thursday 1 February

Think you’ve ever had a nightmare day at work? We can guarantee it’ll be nothing compared to that of Oh Taek (Lee Sung-min) in this twisty Korean drama. When the down-on-his-luck taxi driver picks up a mysterious man (Yoo Yeon-Seok) in exchange for a huge fee, he thinks his fortunes may finally be improving. However, that’s before his passenger confesses that he’s a deadly serial killer on the hunt for his next victim. Yikes!

 

The Tiger’s Apprentice

Find it on Paramount+ from Saturday 3 February

Hollywood heavyweights Michelle Yeoh, Sandra Oh, Lucy Liu and Henry Golding lend their vocal talents to this animated adventure, based on Laurence Yep’s popular novel. Tom Lee (voiced by Brandon Soo Hoo, Mech Cadets) is just another ordinary teen until he discovers he’s part of an ancient lineage of magical protectors known as the Guardians. And to have a chance of fighting against a growing evil, he’s tasked with reuniting all 12 zodiac animal warriors.

 

Halo

Find season 2 on Paramount+ from Thursday 8 February. Season 1 available now

Get ready for another out-of-this-world adventure as Master Chief John-117 aka Spartan-117 (Pablo Schreiber, Skyscraper) is back. Inspired by the gaming franchise of the same name, Halo continues to expand its cosmic world as Spartan-117 leads his army into battle against the Covenant, a deadly alien threat. As the galaxy comes closer to the brink of destruction, Spartan-117 must embark on a mission to find the Halo. 

 

The Family Stallone

Find season 2 on Paramount+ from Thursday 22 February. Season 1 available now

The man who created Rocky Balboa brought viewers into his home life with this Kardashian-style reality series in 2023. Now, the famous family has a big surprise in store. After nearly 40 years of calling Los Angeles home, the Stallones are moving to pastures new and putting down roots on the US’s east coast. While daughters Sophia and Sistine move to New York City and Scarlet navigates college in Miami, Jennifer and Sly start a new chapter as empty nesters in Palm Beach.

 

Quantum Leap

Find season 2 volume 1 on Paramount+ from Thursday 29 February. Season 1 available now

Ready to travel back in time? After physicist Dr Ben Song (Raymond Lee) restarted the Quantum Leap project to understand the mysteries behind this machine, he made an unauthorised leap into 1985 while leaving his team to figure out how to bring him home. In season 2, Ben continues his mission to leap from life to life, correcting all the wrongs of the past, while his colleagues are working against the clock to solve the mystery of his leap or risk losing him forever.

 

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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Image credit: Nightsleeper © Euston Films / Sam Taylor

The Way © BBC / Red Seam