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What to watch in UHD this August

What to watch in UHD this August


Feast your eyes on top movies, dramas, documentaries and more on Virgin TV’s dedicated 4K Ultra HD entertainment channel

By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer

This August there are plenty of treats coming to the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel (CH 228/999), from exhilarating action-packed adventures to stories that you know and love. There’s no better place to enjoy these fantastic shows than the UK’s first and only ultra-HD channel.


Here you can get the absolute best picture quality of any TV channel in the UK, where you can watch superb drama series, films, documentaries and more in stunning, pixel-perfect ultra-high definition.


With Virgin TV 360, you can enjoy Virgin TV Ultra HD around the home thanks to our incredible multiroom experience. Ready for a month of great telly like you’ve never seen before? Then read on to discover some of the highlights coming up on Virgin TV Ultra HD.

Bluewater Safari

Series 1 available weeknights, 8.10pm, from Monday 1 August and series 2 available weeknights, 8.10pm, from Monday 15 August, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

Underwater cinematographer and explorer Dean Cropp follows in the footsteps of his father Ben, who made more than 150 nature/adventure documentaries. Fifty years on, Dean travels to many of the same locations his father visited on an expedition to the breath-taking Coral Sea off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Field Of Dreams

Saturday 6 August, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

“If you build it, he will come” is the classic line from this beloved film. Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears those words in his cornfield one night, and he gets to work building a baseball diamond. The ghosts of great players then start to arrive, led by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta). This movie is always a delight to revisit, so let’s play ball!  

The Kingdom

Saturday 13 August, 9.30pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

Federal agent Ron Fleury (Jamie Foxx) is given one week to gather a team to infiltrate and destroy a terrorist cell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The plot is based on the 1996 bombing of the Khobar housing complex, the two 2003 bombings of compounds in Riyadh and the 2004 Khobar massacre.

David Attenborough’s Light On Earth

Tuesday 16 August, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

Whether it’s the aurora borealis or fireflies, we’re always fascinated by things that glow. Join David Attenborough as he examines luminous living beings, including creatures with their own internal light, glow-worms and plankton. His journey leads him to the depths of the ocean, which is home to obscure and fascinating creatures that hunt, mate and even hide using light.


Schindler’s List

Saturday 20 August, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

Featuring standout performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is a masterpiece. It’s based on the 1982 non-fiction novel Schindler’s Ark and follows German Oskar Schindler (played by Neeson). He saved more than 1,000 mainly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during the Second World War.

Sneaky Pete

Season 2 available Wednesdays, 9pm, from Wednesday 24 August, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

When con man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi, Friends) is released from prison, he soon discovers life on the outside is far from safe for a crook like him – so what better way to avoid attention than to assume the identity of his cellmate Pete? Now all he has to do is convince Pete’s family that their little boy has come home. Can he pull off the ultimate con? If he doesn’t, his brother’s going to pay…


Fun fact: this series was co-created by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who also guest-stars as terrifying gangster Vince Lonigan.

Mr Mercedes

Season 3 available from Thursday 25 August, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

Police officer Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges) is tempted out of retirement when a psychopathic killer drives a stolen Mercedes into a crowd. Hodges receives a letter from someone claiming to be the culprit and he will stop at nothing to make sure he doesn’t strike again. The plot for this gripping cat-and-mouse thriller comes from none other than the genius that is Stephen King.

Green Zone

Saturday 27 August, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

If you’re a fan of Matt Damon and the Bourne series, Green Zone will be right up your street. It’s even directed by Paul Greengrass, who directed three of the Bourne films, so you know it’s a winning combo.


The story is based on a non-fiction book written by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran about life within the Green Zone in Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Damon plays US Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, who is searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.  

Hans Zimmer: Live In Prague

Monday 29 August, 6:35pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 228/999)

What film score has Hans Zimmer not composed? It’s easier to name what he has done than what he hasn’t – Inception, The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Gladiator, True Romance, Dune and many, MANY more. In this concert, the multiple Academy Award and Grammy-winning Zimmer performs his greatest hits from the movies that have made him a household name.


How to access the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel

You’ll find all the details explaining what you need here. Then simply press the up button on the EPG to easily 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. Lucky you!

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Virgin TV UHD channel: Available to Maxit/Full House TV customers only. Primetime only – see channel for programming schedule each day. 4K enabled TV/device and V6 box required to watch content in UHD. Quality assumes your equipment is working at optimum standard.

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