It’s Friday and time to take a look at what’s new on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland. There are plenty of new options to watch today including new National Geographic and ESPN documentaries, plus some new library content including some surprising new additions.
Here’s the rundown:
Derek Delgaudio’s In & Of Itself
Magician Derek DelGaudio wows audiences with his mesmerizing tricks and autobiographical storytelling
The Simpsons X Bad Bunny
Te Deseo Lo Mejor – Bad Bunny counsels Homer and Marge in the new music video.
Surviving the Mount St Helens Disaster
Eyewitness accounts and rare images chart the violent 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
A Hidden Life (2019)
Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.
A young bear who can walk and talk travels to London from the jungles of Peru. There, he is adopted by the Brown family and goes through many adventures in the big city.
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington takes up a job to accumulate enough money to buy the perfect gift for his aunt on her 100th birthday, but it gets stolen.
Nick Dunne discovers that the entire media focus has shifted on him when his wife, Amy Dunne, mysteriously disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.
Unhappy with his capitalistic lifestyle, a white-collared insomniac forms an underground fight club with Tyler, a careless soap salesman. Soon, their venture spirals down into something sinister.
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
On Valentine’s Day 1993, 17-year old Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton,Virginia, when an argument erupted into a brawl, pitting Iverson’s African-American friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and subsequent trial sharply divided the city along racial lines.
The Best That Never Was
In 1981, Marcus Dupree was the most sought-after high school senior in the country, but his short college football career was littered with oversized expectations, controversy, injury and conflict.
Run Ricky Run
Take an intimate look at Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, one of football’s most fascinating athletes and misunderstood persons.
Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL
In 1983 the upstart United States Football League (USFL) had the audacity to challenge the almighty NFL. The new league did the unthinkable by playing in the spring and plucked three straight Heisman Trophy winners away from the NFL.
The Band That Wouldn’t Die
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson, himself a long-standing Baltimore Colts fanatic, will probe that question in light of the changing relationship of sports to community.
Slaying The Badger
Before Lance Armstrong, there was Greg LeMond, who is now the first and only American to win the Tour de France. In this engrossing documentary, LeMond looks back at the pivotal 1986 Tour and his increasingly vicious rivalry with friend, teammate and mentor Bernard Hinault. The reigning Tour champion and brutal competitor known as “The Badger,” Hinault “promised” to help LeMond to his first victory, in return for LeMond supporting him in the previous year. But in a sport that purports to reward teamwork, it’s really every man for himself.
In 1965, a truck driver and exotic pet dealer from New Jersey decided that he could join an elite group of men who had been to the final frontier — space. With no formal training, no college degree, and barely enough money to support his wife and three young children, he set out to take a balloon to the edge of space and jump out. If he succeeded, he’d set a world record in a free fall back to earth for nearly 17 minutes.
At the height of the space race, Nick Piantanida would launch the first civilian space program. His young wife, Janice, would stand by him as he risked his life and their livelihood to achieve a dream that had become an obsession. A force of nature, Nick’s willpower, charisma and delusions of grandeur would get him into space, make him a true American hero … and lead him to a tragic end. This is the story of a man who fell madly in love with space — and the woman who fell madly in love with him.
According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature can carry them to victory on the field and ruin off it.
What are you looking forward to watching on Disney+ this weekend?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.