Last night the 2016 Emmy winners were announced and thanks to current global availability, they are all ones that us Brits will have watched too. But if you want to keep one or all of the winners for posterity, or just catch up on them again to remind yourself what all the fuss was about, here are the best places to watch if you’re in the UK…
Game of Thrones
The biggest TV programme of recent years, it came as no surprise that it took home a few of the top awards last night including Best Drama Series, Best Writing for a Drama Series and Best Directing for a Drama Series. Sky Atlantic is the broadcast home of Game of Thrones in the UK and you can catch up with episodes and boxsets using Sky Go on a number of different Sky packages (see Sky voucher codes for details and savings). If you aren’t a Sky customer, there are still a number of options available – you can purchase series or individual episodes online using iTunes, Amazon or Google Play to download to your devices, or use Amazon promo codes to pre-order series 6 on DVD (released 14th November).
Another show broadcast on Sky in the UK, Veep took home the award for Best Comedy Series as well as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Unlike Game of Thrones, you can watch Veep on the Sky streaming service, Now TV, and if you use Now TV discount vouchers, you can subscribe as well as taking advantage of other Sky deals. But don’t worry of you’d rather not take out anymore subscriptions but still want to watch, because you can buy individual episodes online through the usual channels (Amazon, iTunes and Google Play) as well as seasons 1-4 on DVD.
The People vs OJ Simpson
This acclaimed drama was the big Emmy winner for 2016, sweeping the board by taking away – wait for it – Best Limited Series, Best Actor in a Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, and Best Writing for a Limited Series. It was broadcast on the BBC earlier in the year, but if you didn’t get a chance to watch it then, you have a number of choices – if you’re a Netflix subscriber and are prepared to wait a few months then it’s due on the service in 2017, but if not, you can order the DVD or buy the episodes or full series online using Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
And now for some British success. Yes, one of last Christmas’s biggest, and perhaps most divisive TV events took home the Emmy for Best Television Movie and if you want another dose of Cumberbatch in full period gear, then you’ll be pleased to hear there is no shortage of viewing options for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. Surprisingly, one of the best value ways is to order a copy on DVD from Amazon as it is currently priced at just £4.99. Unfortunately, it’s not up on Netflix yet, but hopefully will be at some point in the future, but if you have to watch it right this moment, then thankfully you can always download it using Google Play, iTunes or Amazon.
Whatever your opinion on the later series of Downton Abbey, no one can argue that Maggie Smith was the best thing about it, so quite rightly, she received the 2016 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Downton Abbey in one of those classic British series that you simply have to have on DVD or Blu-Ray because for some reason downloading it feels far too modern a thing to do. There are many different DVD options available from Amazon including the Downton Abbey Series 1-6 Box Set, the Finale on Blu-Ray, or simply series 6 on DVD if you have the rest of the episodes already. But if you’d rather download then that’s available too, and if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can still access series 1-5 to stream. Fingers-crossed the final episodes get added soon…
It's practically possible to find most Emmy winners online in one form or another, but make sure you check any current streaming services you’re subscribed to before you make a purchase so you don’t waste money. And for those series that are absolute favourites, well, only DVD or Blu-Ray will do, right?
By Anna Scott, 19th September 2016