Cheap Night In w/c 12th May

Staying in at all this week? Here are the picks to keep you entertained at home without breaking the bank.

Stream About Time for free


About Time
Short Term 12
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

The best of recent releases in this Monday’s Blinkbox 99p films are Richard Curtis’s latest Brit rom-com About Time and indie flick Short Term 12 which popped up in a fair few end of 2013 best of lists. Well review in the US, 42 tells the story of a the first major league black baseball player. It didn’t fare so well here. Cartoon of the week is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. I’ve not seen the first one but it was meant to be fun.

You can only rent them at this price on Monday, but you have 30 days to actually watch. Click through to the Blinkbox Movie Mondays page, select the film you want to watch (SD only) and enter the code MONDAYS118 at checkout to rent for that price.

For more on Blinkbox and how to get £6 credit for just £1 when you sign up – basically getting this film and more for free – see our Clever Site guide.


Modern Family Monday 8.30pm, Sky One/NOW TV
Game Of Thrones, Monday 9pm, Sky Atlantic/NOW TV
24: Live Another Day, Tuesday 1am, Sky One/NOW TV
Mad Men, Wednesday 10pm, Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

That you can watch all of these and other Sky shows for £4.99 a month without a Sky dish, with the first month free, means it’s our on-demand pick once more. First you need to sign up for a free 30 day trial for Sky’s NOW TV Entertainment package (it’s their iPlayer) and then sign up for a further month at just £4.99 (They’ve cancelled a planned price increase!). The selection, as well as access to previous series box sets, makes it the best value streaming services at the moment.

To watch you can either connect a laptop to your TV, watch on a tablet or computer, or buy a heavily subsidised NOW TV box for £9.99 (this also lets you watch iPlayer and 4OD on your TV). Make sure that your broadband contract has a decent data limit, as going over can cost. Click here to get your free trial. You can also buy a six month package for £34.99 including the box.
How much does It cost to be Don Draper. Man Men infographic


Blondie Live At Maida Vale, BBC Red Button, Tues to Fri 8pm to 12am

Performing greatest hits and new material, you can catch this concert performance this week only.


24 Hours To Go Broke, Tuesday 10pm, Dave

I’ve always been a big fan of Richard Herring since Fist Of Fun in the 90s. He teams up in this new comedy series with David Baddiel to spend £8,000 in 24 hours. They’re intelligent comics I’ve high hopes for this.

17 Again, Tuesday 8pm, E4

Every generation has it’s body swap comedy. For current tweens this one starred Matthew Perry and Zac Effron. It’s fun.

Fargo, Sunday 9pm, Channel4

Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman star in this TV remake of the Coen Brother’s 90s classic.


Homeland, Netflix

Though the third series wasn’t great, the first is essential viewing and the second pretty good too. Currently only the first two series are available on Netflix, or the cheapest place to buy both on DVD is £18.99 from The Hut. The third season is available to download to keep on Blinkbox, iTunes and Amazon Prime but at a whopping £20.

You can get a free trial of Netflix for 30 days, then it’s £6.99 a month after that (it went up £1 last week). Read our guide to make sure you get the best value when streaming film and tv.


Charles Hazelwood’s Musical Exploriums, 6Music Catch Up

Conductor Charles Hazelwood show us the connections that show no music is truly original, with the help of members of Portishead and Goldfrapp. It was on Sunday so you’ll have to listen again here on the 6Music site or via the Radio Player app.


The cheapest MP3 and CD prices for the biggest new releases this week:

Michael Jackson: Xscape – MP3 £4.99 Google Play / CD £7.99 WOW HD
Black Keys: Turn Blue – MP3 £4.99 Google Play / CD £7.99 WOW HD
Blondie: Greatest Hits/Ghosts Of Download – MP3 £9.99 Sainsbury’s Entertainment / CD £8.99 WOW HD
Foxes: Glorious – MP3 £4.99 Google Play / CD £7.99 or £7 Amazon but free delivery only on orders over £10
Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldine – MP3 £4.99 Google Play / CD £7.99 WOW HD
Chromeo: White Women – MP3 £8.99 Amazon / CD £8.99


12 Years A Slave £10 DVD & £11 BLU-RAY, both Amazon
The Trip To Italy £12.99 DVD Zavvi plus possible extra 10% with 10SOON code
Veronica Mars £10 DVD Amazon

The Trip To Italy infographic


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