Game of Thrones. Those are the three words on everyone’s lips, as April arrives. Sky’s VOD service comes into its own when George RR Martin’s series returns to TV screens, allowing people in the UK to watch the show online legally without having to pay up for a full 12-month contract. Even HBO are at it now with their own cord-cutting streaming service for Americans.
But that would be overlooking the return of another, equally exciting series: Penny Dreadful, whose second season begins on 28th April. Add to that the final season of Mad Men, six seasons of Castle and the first season of Silicon Valley and £6.99 for an Entertainment Pass – which gives you live and on-demand access to Sky’s TV channels – is a debt that not only a Lannister would pay.
For Movie Pass subscribers (£9.99 a month), the NOW TV line-up is an impressively diverse bunch, from the blockbusting Transformers 4 and X-Men: Days of Future Past to Belle, Night Moves and Jersey Boys.
Whether you go for films or fantasy epics, here are the top 16 new TV shows and movies coming soon to NOW TV in April 2015. And you thought it was just about dragons.
Modern Family Seasons 1 to 5 – Wednesday 1st April
Everyone thinks their family’s chaotic, but some are definitely worse than others.
Castle Seasons 1 to 6 – Wednesday 1st April
If you’ve been missing Captain Reynolds since Firefly finished, you’ve probably already discovered Castle. ABC’s crime drama follows Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a best-selling novelist, who solves unusual crimes in New York alongside NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Away from the TV screen, a number of books have also appeared “written by” Castle, featuring his fictional protagonist, Nikki Heat.
Sensitive Skin – Wednesday 1st April (Sky Arts)
Kim Cattrall stars as a former model and actress in the midst of a middle-age crisis in this black comedy series.
Relatively Clever – Friday 3rd April (Sky 1)
Join The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc as she sets out to find the nation’s smartest family. Teams of mums, dads, children and grandparents go head-to-head in this new quiz show designed to test general knowledge and intelligence.
Mad Men Final Season – Thursday 9th April 2015
Mad Men’s final season consists of 14 episodes, with the first seven (The Beginning) broadcast in the UK last year. (Read our review of those episodes here.) Now, though, get ready to bid farewell to Don Draper and co. with seven more hours.
Game of Thrones Season 5 – Monday 13th April (Sky Atlantic)
Game of Thrones. Season 5. Enough said.
Mistresses Seasons 1 to 5 – Wednesday 15th April
Alyssa Milano is up to no good in this drama about infidelity.
Silicon Valley Season 1 – Monday 20th April
Enter the heady world of app development with HBO’s slick comedy.
Penny Dreadful – Tuesday 28th April (Sky Atlantic)
John Logan’s second batch of scares will see Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own… Here’s a trailer.
Transformers: Age of Extinction – Friday 3rd April
Set four years after Dark of the Moon, the fourth instalment in the heavy metal franchise sees Mark Wahlberg take starring duties from Shia LaBeouf as a single dad and inventor who makes a discovery that brings the Transformers clanking into his manor.
Jersey Boys – Friday 3rd April
Director Clint Eastwood takes a rare step into musical territory with this adaptation of the stage smash charting the rise and fall of 60s pop sensations The Four Seasons.
Seve: The Movie – Friday 10th April
Docu-drama tracing the life of Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros from his humble roots to his world-conquering fame.
Night Moves – Friday 10th April
Radical environmentalists Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and Dena (Dakota Fanning) decide to step up from working on agricultural communes in Oregon to something more headline-grabbing – blowing up a hydroelectric dam.
A Million Ways to Die in the West – Friday 10th April
Writer-director Seth MacFarlane plays a yellow-bellied rancher who falls for the newest and purrtiest lady in town (Charlize Theron) only to discover that she not only has a husband (Liam Neeson), but he’s the meanest gunslinger in Arizona.
The Inbetweeners 2 – Friday 17th April
Ambitiously unambitious, this teen sequel catches up with Will (Simon Bird), Neil (Blake Harrison), Jay (James Buckley), and Simon (Joe Thomas, only to find they still haven’t grown up – which is exactly what they’re good at.
Belle – Friday 17th April
The captivating true story of Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a British Navy officer who found herself entangled in the social mores of 18th century Britain.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Friday 24th April
Bryan Singer’s prequel, sequel and reboot all in one is a mind-bending piece of sci-fi that manages to give every X-fan the ending – or beginning – they deserve.
Other movies coming soon to Sky
Friday 3rd April
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Friday 10th April
Friday 17th April
Rob the Mob
Friday 24th April
You’re Not You
By the Gun
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