Hidden Gems - Digital Treasures, July 2016

These days we have access to so many amazing digital TV offerings, whether paid for like Netflix, Amazon Prime or NowTV; or free or advertising supported like BBC player, All 4 or the recently relaunched ITV Hub. With so much choice it can be hard to decide between all the offerings, there's sadly no cross-platform search or recommendation engine. So, here at The Digital Fix we've decided to unearth some of hidden gems of the streaming TV world, for your viewing pleasure. Every month we'll pick out the best, or most interesting, from what's new, old or obscure.

Amazon Instant


Bosch


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Starring Titus Welliver as the eponymous LA detective, this show is an adaptation of the books by Michael Connelly. Each of the two seasons takes inspiration from three of Connelly's novels, and apparently it'll be the same situation for the forthcoming third season. Even when the narrative doesn't especially surprise or excite, Welliver carries it with aplomb, making Bosch immensely watchable.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Season-1/dp/B00IG95UI4

Netflix


Scream


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We're all familiar with the series of movies, but the TV adaptation is surprisingly smart and modern. Now in its second season with the episodes filtering through on a week-by-week basis, this is definitely worth a watch. Meet some good looking teen Americans, watch them murdered, and try and figure out who the man in the mask is!
https://www.netflix.com/title/80053653

Happy Valley


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The BBC's crime drama was quite the success, especially after the second season. Sarah Lancashire stars in Sally Wainwright's creation about a strong-willed police sergeant in West Yorkshire, still coming to terms with the suicide of her daughter. The drama is powerful and the crime aspect compelling. Watch this before it's taken down!
https://www.netflix.com/title/80007225

BBC iPlayer


Glastonbury 2016


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This is where, ideally, I'd have been plugging the French crime thriller The Disappearance, which has been excellent. Sadly the first episodes have already disappeared off the service. However, there are 116 performances from Glastonbury on iPlayer, so you can immerse yourself in the festival spirit. Grab yourself some ciders, watch your favourite artists perform live, and enjoy the fact you don't have mud to deal with, and the loo and shower are easily accessible.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b007r6vx?suggid=b007r6vx