An Amazon Prime membership’s benefits go way beyond giving you super-speedy deliveries for free – there’s also a fantastic streaming video service included, offering up loads of movies and TV shows for instant viewing.
Like Netflix, Amazon is constantly adding fresh eyeball fodder to its streaming library, so much so that it can be difficult to keep up with all the new stuff. So, as we do with Netflix each month, we’ve decided to dedicate a regularly-updated article to what’s new – as long as we deem it worth watching, of course.
Looking for the latest thing to stream? Read on, and allow us to guide you through all the best recent additions.
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Note: the newest stuff is at the top of the list, with material getting progressively older as you scroll down.
The Grand Tour (S2)
Clarkson and company’s Top Gear-beater is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of deal; if you’re an oily-fingered petrolhead, or simply into watching ageing boy-men on banter-fuelled road trips, you’re going to enjoy this jape-packed series a lot.
If you can’t stand this brand of overbearing laddishness, The Grand Tour - just into its second season, with a fresh episode available for streaming every week - isn’t going to transform you into a believer – but for anybody looking for some beautifully shot (4K! HDR!) mindless entertainment to grace that new Ultra HD telly, this impeccably-produced show fits the bill perfectly.
This modern day spin on A Christmas Carol is made all the more entertaining by the acerbic zaniness of Bill Murray's character Frank – an egotistical and sardonic television producer who thinks it a good idea to staple antlers to a mouse as a festive stunt.
Frank must go through his redemption with the crude, cigar-smoking Ghost of Christmas Past, the hyperactive, ball-busting ghost of Christmas Present and the ominously creepy Ghost of Christmas Future. Bobcat Goldthwait’s nutcase from Police Academy running around is the cherry on top of this well-iced Christmas cake.
Denzel Washington bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his blistering performance as crooked narcotics cop Alonzo Harris in this tense thriller, in which (the also Oscar-nominated) Ethan Hawke’s rookie detective Jake Hoyt must endure a fraught 24 hours under the veteran’s tutelage.
Harris’ policing methods, naturally, won’t be found in any dusty old rulebook, and Jake quickly finds himself dragged not only into LA’s drug gang underworld but a deeply disturbing conspiracy among the cops entrusted with keeping the city safe.
If blood, sweat and beards is what you want to see, then Vikings should be high on your to-watch list, being that it contains some of the best gore-spattered scraps you’ll find on telly.
The series follows the adventures of legendary raider Ragnar Lothbrok, who starts out as a mere farmer - albeit one who claims to be a descendant of the Norse god Odin. He rises to become a respected Earl of his settlement Kattegat, whilst enforcing his reputation as a fierce warrior. With plenty of action, deceit, atrocious hairstyles, scenery-chewing performances and almost educational story lines, Vikings is an always enjoyable watch.
The fifth season of the show – which turns its focus to Ragnar's almost-as-legendary sons - is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime, with a new episode being added every week.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Forget the somewhat disappointing sequel: the first Anchorman is a brilliant big budget comedy that perfectly showcases the prodigious talents of Will Ferrell.
Ron Burgundy has life nailed. He’s got it all: great friends, great hair and a great job as anchorman for a local San Diego television network. But when a woman walks into the newsroom with designs on becoming his on-air partner (it’s the 1970s, so workplace sexism isn’t even disguised) things become complicated, with Ron’s jealousy and insecurities coming to the fore in hilarious fashion.
Yes, the humour never strays far from the infantile, but it’s really, really funny, and packed with great characters – which is just about as much as you can ask for from a comedy film.
One of those finding-your-true-self-at-Christmastime absurdities – but with a violently green, Will Ferrell-shaped twist. And in spite of Ferrell's propensity to irritate, the PG-rated humour and the sickeningly festive subject matter, you'll find yourself guiltily giggling, if not snorting into your Baileys.
When Ferrell’s elf – one of Santa’s not-so-little helpers – discovers he’s actually human, he decides to travel to New York to find his biological father. Christmassy chaos ensues as he endeavours to bring festive cheer to all he encounters – whether they want it or not.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (S1)
Missing Mad Men? Hankering for something else in the mid-century Manhattan milieu? The Marvelous Mrs Maisel might be the new series for you.
House of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan stars as Midge Maisel, a vivacious, fast-talking housewife living what she thought was the perfect 1950s New York lifestyle: husband, kids, beautiful Upper West Side apartment, the works. When sudden upheaval flips it all upside down, she decides to pursue a career in standup comedy – and discovers she has something of a talent for not only making people laugh but hitting upon life’s truths and enigmas while doing it.
The Fall (S3)
The third (and possibly final) series of the BBC’s chilling psychological crime drama has just popped up on Prime, so if you missed it when it was first aired, here’s your chance to wrap up the story of icily intelligent DCI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan).
The Fall is no whodunit – it makes no attempt to mask the identity of its villain – but instead a whydunit, intent on delving into Spector’s twisted mind to uncover his motivations and drives. With subplots concerning the Troubles (it’s set in Belfast) and a creepy tone throughout, it’s a treat for anyone who likes to get lost in gripping grimness.
The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt stars in and co-writes this quirksome indie flick about a washed-up TV actor persuaded into returning to his most (and only) successful character – a bionic 1980s Isle of Man detective named Bruce Mindhorn.
It’s not for the purposes of a reunion show however, but to help the police catch a deranged killer who, believing that Mindhorn is a real person, refuses to talk to anyone but him. As our hero begins to revisit his old haunts and reopen old wounds, he uncovers a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of Manx power.
If you’re a fan of embarrassingly deluded but ultimately likeable British comedy characters in the vein of Alan Partridge and David Brent, you’ll find plenty to get your teeth into here.
The movie that made an entire generation afraid to take a paddle at the beach, Jaws remains one of the most important and one of the most beloved films of all time.
Even if you haven’t experienced its dread-filled joys before, you surely know the simple premise – when a small New Jersey seaside resort is terrorised by a giant killer Great White shark, the local police chief decides to hunt it down – but it’s this film’s presentation, script, direction and, yes, its iconic score, that make it such a winner.
Director Stephen Spielberg cranks up the tension through his use of perspective and sound, leaving the audience constantly on edge, but Jaws isn’t afraid to season its scares with moments of levity and comedy. It’s still a fantastic watch, 42 years after its release (but trust us: avoid the sequels).