Recommended streaming for good quality family downtime

Here are our top streaming services which features our recommended picks of their movies, shows and documentaries (for all ages).

BT TV Kids


If you’ve got the BT TV Kids add-on, the whole family can enjoy the best shows from channels including Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

  • DuckTales – A reboot of the late-’80s animated series.
  • Peppa Pig – A popular show that features Peppa, an outgoing preschool pig that participates in many energetic activities.
  • The Adventures of Paddington – Animated TV series based on the Paddington Bear franchise.
  • Paw Patrol – Six brave puppies, captained by a tech-savvy ten-year-old boy, Ryder.
  • Bluey – Follows the adventure of a puppy called Bluey, who lives with her mum, dad, and sister.
  • Thomas & Friends – Based on a series of children’s books, “Thomas & Friends” features Thomas the Tank Engine going on adventures.

Now TV Kids

  • SpongeBob Square Pants – He lives in a pineapple under the sea. A great strange and silly cartoon.
  • Horrid Henry – A boy called Henry who is a naughty prankster who has issues with authority is faced with a problem.
  • Adventure Time – Finn and a shape-shifting dog called Jake live together in a tree-house and go through journeys of adventure.
  • Mr Bean – The animated series has greatly been adapted for easy viewing for children.
  • In The Night Garden – An interpretation of a nursery rhyme picture book.
  • Dora The Explorer – Dora the Explorer not only speaks English and Spanish but can also talk to animals.
  • How To Train Your Dragon -An computer-animated action-fantasy film loosely based on the 2003 book.

BBC iPlayer

  • ​Horrible Histories – Fun, educational history series. Series 6-8 is available.
  • The Greatest Dancer – Current series available.
  • Seven Worlds, One Planet – Nature series.
  • Natural World – Nature series.
  • Blue Planet – Nature series.
  • Frozen Planet – Nature series.
  • Life on Earth – Nature series.
  • Planet Earth – Nature series.
  • The Wonder of Animals – Nature series

Netflix

  • Nailed It – A baking show.
  • Sugar Rush​ – A baking show.
  • Hotel Transylvania* – Series based on the animated movies.
  • Horrible Histories* – Fun, educational history series. Series 1-5 is available.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events* – Series based on Lemony Snicket children’s books.
  • Shaun the Sheep* – Series based on an animated sheep called Shaun.
  • Brainchild* – Science explained to kids.
  • The Investigators – Four school kids start their own detective agency and vlog about it.
  • You vs Wild* – Interactive series with Bear Grylls where you make key decisions to help Bear complete his missions.
  • The Who Was Show* – Series where famous names in history come to life, based on the bestselling series of books.
  • ​American Idol

*Popular on Netflix

Amazon Prime Video

  • Hugo – An adventure film about a boy who lives alone in a train station.
  • Zathura: A Space Adventure – A science fiction adventure film adapted from the 2002 children’s book Zathura.
  • Wonder Park – Focuses on a young creative girl who has a natural engineering talent.
  • Charlotte’s Web (1973) – An E.B White classic children’s story.
  • FairyTale: A true story – A fantasy drama about two young girls and fairies.
  • Stuart Little (1999) – An adventure of a mouse named Stuart, loosely based on E.B White’s 1945 novel.

4od

  • ​The Greatest Celebrity Bake Off  – For Stand Up 2 Cancer.
  • The Great British Bake Off – The last three series are available to watch.
  • ​Junior Bake Off – Currently one series from last year.
  • Lego Masters – Pairs of Lego enthusiasts team up to compete for the title of Lego Master – last two series available to watch.
  • The Goldberg’s – US sitcom of a family in the 80s.
  • The Crystal Maze – Six series and celebrity episodes currently available.

Disney Plus

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  • Elephant – A documentary series about an African elephant narrated by Meghan Markle.
  • Toy Story – An overall good movie with three other sequels about toys that come to life.
  • Mary Poppins (1964) – A catchy movie classic starring Julie Andrews.
  • Finding Nemo – A good all-rounder family movie about a lost fish called Nemo.
  • Inside Out – An animated movie about how a young girl deals with her varying emotions.
  • The Incredibles 2 – Based on a superhero family.
  • Moana – A family-friendly adventure for all ages.
  • Frozen – One of if not the most popular films released. Frozen 2 is now available.
  • Aladdin (1992) – A poor boy called Aladdin finds a lamp with a genie inside who makes all his wishes come true.
  • Ratatouille – A rat named Remy has dreams of becoming a great chef.
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