June in two words? True Detective. Not just Season 2, but Season 1, both of which are available to stream on NOW TV with an Entertainment Pass.
The first 10 episodes are available to catch up on now, before Season 2 premieres. The same is true of Hannibal, with Season 3 also making its debut. Combined with the ongoing Game of Thrones Season 5 and Penny Dreadful Season 2, who needs daylight for the next four weeks?
For Movie Pass subscribers, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Boyhood brings a sunny spell to the streaming service, alongside Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Lucy and Brad Pitt war flick Fury. That costs £9.99 a month.
Whichever subscription package you go for, here are the top new TV shows and films coming to NOW TV in June.
Doll & Em: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic) – Wednesday 3rd June
Best friends Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer return for a second season of their self-penned comedy series, which sees them try to get their Broadway play off the ground.
Banshee: Season 3 (Sky Atlantic) – Thursday 4th June
Exec-produced by Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball, Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Philadelphia, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
Birthday (Sky Arts) – Tuesday 9th June
Get right into the delivery room to witness the spectacle of a heavily pregnant Stephen Mangan in all his hormonal, bloated, mammary-swollen glory in Sky’s new comedy drama, based on Joe Penhall’s sell-out 2012 Royal Court play (and directed by Notting Hill’s Roger Michell.
Hannibal: Season 3 (Sky Living) – Wednesday 10th June
The world’s best-dressed sociopath is on the run in Europe, as we rejoin Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) for a third season of Bryan Fuller’s stylish, slick psychological thriller.
True Detective: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic) – Monday 22nd June
Nic Pizzolatto’s drama returns for a second season, starring Colin Farrell as Detective Ray Velcoro, Taylor Kitsch as Officer Paul Woodrugh, and Rachel McAdams as Detective Ani Bezzerides. It follows the corruption in the Californian police force; a change in subject as well as cast from the first season, which saw Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey pursuing a serial killer in Louisiana. That’s available on NOW TV too.
The Brink (Sky Atlantic) – Monday 22nd June
Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber play three disparate, desperate Americans, upon whose shoulders the fate of the world rests after a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal.
Grand Piano – Friday 5th June
Elijah Wood is held hostage by a sniper while playing the piano at a concert in this absurdly tense thriller.
Lucy – Friday 12th June/h3>
After an experimental drug enters her bloodstream, Lucy finds herself able to use 100% of her brain. As she discovers new powers and senses, she finds herself head-to-head with the dealers who manufactured the pill. Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller, though, doesn’t stop there, leaping into the unknown to answers questions about philosophy and our own existence. Scarlett Johansson is synoptic.
Boyhood – Friday 19th June
Richard Linklater’s masterpiece follows the same characters, played by the same actors, across 12 years of their lives. The result is not just a technical marvel, but a universal coming-of-age drama that moves and astounds in equal measure.
Into the Storm – Friday 19th June
Richard Armitage plays a head teacher, who finds himself and his sons facing a severe hurricane in this disaster movie. Did we mention Richard Armitage?
Fury – Friday 26th June
Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf star in David Ayer’s war movie, which puts you head-first into the claustrophobic environment of a tank – a confined space that forces men to bond, as they all undergo the same adrenaline-fuelled urge to survive.
Friday 5th June
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
The Purge: Anarchy
Friday 12th June
As Above, So Below
Playing It Cool
Three Night Stand
Friday 19th June
De@th on Live
Friday 26th June
Curse of Chucky
If I Stay
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