Heading out or staying in this 5 November? Whatever your plan, here's everything you need on your mobile for a cracking bonfire night 2016...


Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Why? Because fireworks! Yep, it’s time to don your coats, scarves and gloves, stare up at the sky and let out your best ooohs and aaaahs; Bonfire Night is upon us once again.

But what if you’re more interested in keeping your eyes locked firmly on your phone screen? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered no matter what you get up to this 5 November. Here’s everything you need to watch, listen to and download…


Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Netflix is making some great documentaries right now, and this one, about master pyrotechnics artist Cai Guo-Qiang, is no exception. It follows Cai as he endeavours to design the most incredible show of his career – just don’t be upset if your local bonfire night can’t compete

The Best Fireworks Displays in the World 2016

If you’d rather stay in on November 5, we won’t judge. And anyway: you needn’t miss out on the fireworks just because you’re indoors. Just head into the YouTube app and catch this 18-minute supercut of the best displays from around the globe, all filmed on New Year’s Eve last year.

Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey

Catherine Wheels, Rockets and Firecrackers are all well and good, but they can’t hold a candle to the universe’s biggest firework displays. This big-budget, beautifully-made reboot of the late Carl Sagan’s Cosmos follows Neil deGrasse Tyson on a journey around our galaxy and beyond, uncovering the cosmic explosions and spacetime whizzbangs that shape everything in existence.

Sherlock, ‘The Empty Hearse’

You can now catch three seasons of Sherlock on Netflix, but for Bonfire Night we think you should settle in and catch the awesome season 3 opener. That’s thanks in part to its bamboozlingly brilliant red herring explanations for Sherlock’s apparent resurrection, but mostly because its plot (without giving too much away) pays homage to the reason we celebrate bonfire night in the first place…

The Gunpowder Plot
How much do you really know about 1605’s whole gunpowder, treason and plot fiasco? School up on the salient details ahead of the big night with this great timeline of events from the BBC, which runs alongside documentary video clips and scenes from the BBC 2 drama Gunpowder 5/11: The Greatest Terror Plot.


Fireworks by Spotify

Heading out to catch a fireworks display near you? Or putting one on yourself? Get in the mood for a good time with Spotify’s official Fireworks playlist. It’s rammed full of exactly the kind of catchy, happy tunes that you’d find pumping out of the speakers near the candyfloss stall at your local show.

History Extra (podcast)

Fancy learning some history while you’re on the go? This episode of the always excellent History Extra podcast devotes half of its runtime to the Guy Fawkes plot, explaining what happened before and after the foiled Parliament bombing, as well as how we got to where we are now with our modern November 5 celebrations.

Fireworks with Crowd sounds

If you don’t want your dog or cat to go mad with fear once the fireworks kick off, why not try using this recording of a real life display to ease them into it? The Calm Pet album is chocked full of stressful soundscapes that you can use to help desensitise your furry friend by introducing them ‘gradually over time.’


Fireworks Arcade | iOS, Android | Free
If you see yourself as a budding fireworks artiste like Cai Guo-Qiang, put your skills to the test in this simple, fun and free fireworks simulator. Just swipe and tap to light up the virtual skies with a variety of rockets and colours. Properly hypnotic stuff.

Fireworks 2016 | Android | Free
Want to ensure that your back garden fireworks display goes off with a bang, and smokes the competition? This app will hook you up with every major UK fireworks distributor, letting you collate an arsenal of the best pyromantic tech around. One for the serious firework aficionado.

V for Vendetta (eBook) | Google Books £8.54, iBooks £8.99
The now infamous Guy Fawkes mask may currently be the face of hacker group Anonymous, but prior to that it was synonymous with V, the charismatic lead character in Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s stunning, dark and ahead-of-its-time 1988 graphic novel, V for Vendetta. Grab it on your phone or tablet for a true tale of modern-day, Fawkes-inspired dystopia.

More top entertainment… Click here to check out our guide to this month’s best TV, movies, music and sporting highlights.