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What to watch in Ultra HD this June

What to watch in Ultra HD this June

   

On the hunt for some movies and shows that’ll look extra amazing in crystal-clear ultra-high definition? Here’s what will dazzle you on Virgin TV’s dedicated 4K Ultra HD entertainment channel this month

By Chris Miller, Feature Writer

The hunt is on in ultra HD this month. Whether it’s a lioness stalking her prey to feed the pride, a homeless knight seeking the Holy Grail, the survivors of a zombie apocalypse searching for safety or three glamorous crime-fighters tracking high-tech bad guys, they’re relentless and they’re bound to succeed. And you can watch these epic hunts in pixel-perfect, crystal-clear high definition this month on the Virgin Ultra HD.

 

Whether your preference is for horror comedy like Zombieland, riotous action like Charlie’s Angels, quirky drama like The Fisher King or fascinating nature documentaries like Malika: The Lion Queen, you’ll find all this and more in eye-boggling ultra HD on the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel (CH 175/999) throughout June. Here’s a look at this month’s highlights.

 

Every month Virgin TV Ultra HD brings you superb drama series, films, documentaries and more in stunning, pixel-perfect UHD. And with Virgin TV 360, you can enjoy Virgin TV Ultra HD around the home thanks to our incredible multiroom experience.

 

But that’s not where the UHD fun stops: there’s even more great 4K entertainment to watch with Virgin TV, including hundreds of new box sets and movies from Sky and crystal-clear sport on TNT Sports Ultimate and Sky Sports UHD.

 

If you’re not yet enjoying shows in UHD and you want to, you’ll need to be a Maxit or MegaTV customer with a compatible television and a Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®, a Virgin TV 360 box or Stream. Don’t have an Ultra HD or 4K telly? No problem. Virgin Maxit and MegaTV TV customers can still watch the channel through an HD set with a Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®, a Virgin TV 360 box or Stream. Simply go to CH 175 or CH 999 and start watching.

 

Ready for a month of great telly like you’ve never seen before? Then read on to discover some of the ultra HD highlights coming up on Virgin TV.

 

Charlie’s Angels

Saturday 1 June + Wednesday 5 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Eyebrows were raised when Drew Barrymore announced she was producing a movie version of flimsy 70s crime series Charlie’s Angels, but the result was a ridiculously entertaining action comedy with Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu on fine hick-kicking form as the Angels, plus delightfully idiosyncratic performances from Sam Rockwell and Crispin “George McFly” Glover. There’s a semblance of plot concerning an evil mastermind destroying privacy, but really this is all about capital-F Fun, and the colourful, fast-paced action looks even better with an ultra-HD update.

 

Pollock

Sunday 2 June + Friday 7 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Ed Harris is a character actor par excellence in the likes of The Truman Show, The Rock, Gone Baby Gone and Top Gun: Maverick, but he took the lead in this biopic of the abstract painter Jackson Pollock, as well as directing duties. It’s an eye-opening glimpse into the artist’s life, never shying away from his mental health issues and alcoholism, as well as detailing his relationship with fellow artist Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Oscar in the role). But the most fascinating scenes are of Pollock painting with his inimitable drip technique, where ultra HD makes the colour more vibrant and the artworks even more arresting.

 

The Fisher King

Saturday 8 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) is Jack, a nihilistic shock-jock who quit his job after his callous advice to a caller leads to tragedy. Years later, drunk and suicidal, he’s saved from a beating by a homeless man named Parry (Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting) – a man whose life, it turns out, Jack was responsible for shattering. He resolves to help Parry get back on his feet, but that might involve finding the literal Holy Grail… This is one of the strangest films to come out of mainstream Hollywood, but that’s what happens when you put Monty Python man Terry Gilliam in charge of your movie.

 

Malika: The Lion Queen

Sunday 9 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

It’s not unusual for nature documentary producers to recruit renowned actors to voice their films, but Malika: The Lion Queen takes an unorthodox approach. Rather than having Black Panther and American Horror Story star Angela Bassett narrate the film, they get her to actually voice the titular lioness, describing the tribulations she faces while attempting to keep the pride strong. It’s disorienting at first but gives uncommon insight into the lions’ everyday lives – and it’s backed up by jaw-dropping, sensational images of South Africa’s dramatic Kruger National Park.

 

Zombieland

Saturday 15 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Beware of bathrooms. Always carry a change of underwear. Cardio. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg, American Ultra) has created an extensive set of rules to follow if he’s to survive the zombie apocalypse and find his parents. But when he crosses paths with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), he’s got to learn to go with the flow. A comedy horror thriller with bite – and in ultra HD you can almost feel the blood spatter.

 

Secrets Of The Universe

Wednesdays from 19 June, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

These incredible tales of discovery, illustrated with stunning imagery, reveal the wonders of the universe as never before. From chasing terrifying black holes to hunting for Earth’s twin and exploring how the universe began, each episode tells the story of ambitious, risky missions that have taken decades to plan and execute. Behind the hi-tech tales of space exploration lie powerful human stories featuring the world’s top space scientists, who reveal not just wondrous far-off vistas and amazing science but also the dedication needed to explore the universe.

 

Return Of The Vultures

Monday 24 June, 8.10pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Shot in stunning 5K, this film encourages viewers to reconsider the bird of prey’s reputation as dirty scavengers and omens of bad luck. Return Of The Vultures uses breathtaking cinematic footage along with a dash of humour to reframe the vulture and convey an essential environmental message: that these endangered species are essential for our ecosystems. Their diet makes them an irreplaceable link in the food chain, delivering invaluable ecological benefits.

 

Money Monster

Sunday 30 June, 9pm, Virgin TV Ultra HD (CH 175/999)

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the slick presenter of finance TV show Money Monster, who is shaken out of his complacency when the programme is hijacked by an armed and desperate man (Jack O’Connell) demanding to know what happened to his investment. This sends Gates down a horrifying rabbit hole that exposes the injustices of the economic establishment and the emptiness of get-rich promises. Jodie Foster’s film conveys the anger and helplessness of those let down by a system they believed in. Julia Roberts and Dominic West also star.

 

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. Lucky you!

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