New releases on Netflix and Amazon Prime in May

Flinch

Netflix, May 4

Take a large dollop of Jackass, sprinkle it with some Bushtucker Challenge vibes from I’m A Celebrity, and mix it all up in a huge barn in Co Antrim. 

Basically, that’s what we’ll get in this new comedy game-show presented by Seann Walsh. 

Contestants must do their best not to ‘flinch’ in the face of rats, loud noises and other tests; otherwise they’ll

instantly be subjected to nasty punishments such as electric shocks or snapping mousetraps.

Derry Girls

Netflix, May 8

If you missed out on season one during its original run on Channel 4, this gives you a chance to belatedly join in those water-cooler conversations. 

As well as the excellent cast of school kids, you’ll spot comedy veterans Tommy Tiernan and Kevin McAleer. 

Worth it alone for the ‘How many bags of chips?’ scene.

Wine Country

Netflix, May 10

Amy Poehler makes her directorial debut by grabbing a bunch of her Saturday Night Live pals to star alongside her in the comedy film about a woman celebrating her 50th birthday in the Napa Valley.

ReMastered: The Lion's Share

Netflix, May 10

Fascinating documentary in the series that also gave us the tale of the massacre of the Miami Showband. 

This time around, the focus is on Solomon Linda, the writer of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, a hit in various decades for which the South African musician never got paid properly for. 

A reporter helps his family fight for compensation.

The Society

Netflix, May 10

The streaming channel hopes to repeat the success of Stranger Things with the ten-part series about a group of New England teenagers who suddenly find themselves in copy of their hometown without sign of their parents. 

A bit 21st century Lord Of The Flies, their freedom feels fun at first, but they have to organise themselves, and find a way of surviving.

What/If

Netflix, May 24

Renée Zellweger leads the cast in a 10-part series that has been produced by Robert Zemeckis. 

A pair of newlyweds accept a dodgy offer from a female benefactor in a thriller that Netflix describe as “steamy”.

Baby Driver

Netflix, May 27

Hugely enjoyable action film from 2017 starring Ansel Elgort as criminal getaway driver with a heart. 

Also stars Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

Good Omens

Amazon Prime Video, May 31

The eagerly-awaited adaptation of the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Michael Sheen's Angel, and the Demon played by David Tennant, set off on an adventure to find the Antichrist and save the world. The series will also become available on BBC Two.

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