Another week, another glut of great entertainment downloads to choose from. So to help you make the right choices, here’s a few top picks from The Lowdown team.
From the creator of acclaimed biographies Senna and Amy comes Ronaldo – an insight into the personal life of one of the world’s greatest footballers.
Recorded over 14 months and with unprecedented access to the footballer’s inner circle, Ronaldo shows you the sacrifice and dedication it takes to reach the pinnacle of competitive sport and, more importantly, remain there. There’s also a range previously unseen footage from Ronaldo’s youth, as well as throughout his illustrious career.
With lashings of ego, unparalleled levels of self-belief and obsessive attention to detail, this documentary lets you peer inside the rarefied world of a genuine footballing superstar.
Download now from iTunes or Google Play Store.
25 by Adele
25 is by far the biggest album release of the year, so we really couldn’t ignore this one. In fact, Colombia Records predicts they’ll shift 3.6 million albums in the US in the first week alone, meaning 25 will be the largest selling new-release of the past decade.
The first single, signature power ballad Hello, hinted the album would be every bit an equal to its astronomically successful predecessor, 21. Having now had a listen to the album in its entirety, we can say with confidence that you won’t be disappointed – with When We Were Young a particular highlight.
Download from iTunes and Google Play Store.
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
For Ian Rankin fans autumn is the best season of the year, as they can get their hands on the crime writer’s latest release. Even Dogs in the Wild sees John Rebus come out of retirement (again) to act as a consulting detective in the murder of a senior lawyer – on whose body is found a threatening note. The plot thickens even further when old time foe Big Ger Cafferty is sent the same note.
Even Dogs in the Wild has everything that makes an Ian Rankin novel special – winding plot twists, a dark Edinburgh setting and inventive dialogue. Ranking’s other fictional detective, Malcolm Fox, is also brought in to the story.
If you’re a fan of crime novels, few come better than Rankin.
Have a read yourself by downloading from iTunes or Kindle.
The Last Kingdom
Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have all been outrageously popular over the past decade, showing the sheer popularity of the historical fantasy genre. Now the BBC has got in on the act with their new offering The Last Kingdom. And it’s great.
The story follows a young Saxon named Uhtred, heir to the throne of Bebbanburg. His father is killed in battle against Viking invaders and Uhtred is taken as a slave, losing his lands in the process. Over time however, he is adopted as a son by the fierce warrior (yet slight softy) Lord Ragnar the fearless, and is brought up as a Dane. So we don’t give too much away, we’ll leave it there.
The Last Kingdom works on so many levels. It’s exciting, fast-paced but has depth and humour. Not only are you following an exciting story of warfare and conquest, but the action is set against the real backdrop of the formation of England as a country – overseen by the first monarch Alfred the Great (who is portrayed superbly by David Dawson).
The series has attracted rave reviews so far, and the first five episodes are available on BBC iPlayer now. Trust us, if you love Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings, you’ll love this, too.
Watch Episode 1 on BBC iPlayer.