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BPS Recommends: Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Friday, 09 February


Lunar New Year

We're celebrating the year of the dragon this lunar new year by sharing a fantastic line-up of films, television shows and books featuring dragons! From animation, drama, documentary and thriller, there's something for everyone. So, what are we waiting for? Check out our recommendations here!

Raya and The Last Dragon (2021)

6+ | Animation | 1 Hour 55 Mins

In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon. 

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.


Mulan (1998)

6+ | Animation | 1 Hour 36 Mins

Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan bravely takes her father's place and goes off to war with the help of her trusted dragon, Mushu.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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The Hobbit (2012 - 2014)

12 | Fantasy | Film Trilogy 

Based on J.R.R Tolkien's book series. A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Spirited Away (2003)

PG | Anime | 2 Hours 5 Mins

The fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro, who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted creatures and a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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The Witcher (2019 - present)

15 | Series | 60 Mins episodes

Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the series.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

18 | Thriller | 2 Hours 38 Mins

A hacker with a grim past finds an unexpected companion in a disgraced reporter as the two of them investigate a twisted serial killer.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

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Merlin (2008 -2012)

PG | Fantasy | 5 Series

Merlin faces his toughest challenge yet when Morgana's blinkered determination threatens not only Arthur's future, but the very balance of the world. With her magic stronger than ever, the sorceress summons the mighty Callieach to tear open the veil between the worlds.

Watch the series.

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Attenborough and the Sea Dragon (2018)

PG | Documentary | 59 Mins

Following David Attenborough as he attempts to animate the life of the ichthyosaur whose 200-million-year-old fossil remains were found on Britain's Jurassic coast. 

Watch the documentary.

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Harry Potter (2001 - 2011)

Based on J.K Rowling's world famous book series. A young wizard heads to Hogwarts to learn all about the art of magic and with the help of his friends, save the world from a dark wizard.

Check out the fourth instalment of the film series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire for dragons!

Watch the films.

Read the books (available at all good book stores and online)

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Fancy something different...

The Farewell (2019)

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Watch the trailer.

Watch the film.

Please note: this film is a rental and will come at a cost.

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A Wizard of Earthsea (2016)

The first book of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin is a tale of wizards, dragons and terrifying shadows.

The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest - and surely the greatest voyager - is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him...

Buy the book.

Listen to the audiobook.

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Start Watching/Listening...

With so many great recommendations, it’s about time we start watching and listening, if we want to get through the list. Follow Live & Local on Facebook, X, Instagram and Threads for regular film recommendations and more.

Streaming Films Online

Many of the films on BBC iPlayer, ITVX and All4 offer subtitles and audio description.
For a handy guide on getting setting up and using BBC iPlayer on your smart TV click here.

A guide to film certificate age ratings can be found here.

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