Summer is peak time for Sky this year, as both Game of Thrones and Twin Peaks continue to arrive every week – not to mention new seasons of Ballers, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Leftovers. August, then, is light on the ground for new TV premieres, with only Insecure’s second season and Ray Donovan’s fifth season on the way. Instead, Sky is delving into its archive of box sets for some binge-watching treats, including the return of Westworld and The Wire.
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Sky Cinema, though, is embracing blockbuster season more than ever, as Rogue One blasts its way onto our screens – just in time for getting your Star Wars fix ahead of Episode VIII this December.
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Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky in August 2017:
Insecure: Season 2 – 3rd August (10.35pm, Sky Atlantic)
Season 1 of Issa Rae’s comedic look at the black female experience as one of the finest comedies of last year, and in August it’s back for its second season.
Ray Donovan: Season 5 – 16th August (9pm, Sky Atlantic)
Ray, Mickey and the rest of television’s toughest family return for a fifth season of the crime drama, starring Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan and Jon Voight. With the Russian mob seemingly off Ray’s back once and for all, secrets out in the open, and the dysfunctional family united against all threats, the Donovan tribe appears untouchable. Can they maintain this front when other elements of the Los Angeles underworld come calling? Or will this be the year the law finally catches up with Ray?
Secrets & Lies: Season 1 and 2 (Box Set) – 1st August
Sky Box Sets presents every episode of the American mystery drama starring Juliette Lewis as the unflappable and formidable detective Andrea Cornell. Season 1 tells the story of Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillipe), a regular guy who goes from good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbour’s son in the woods. Season 2 presents a new case involving a newly married man named Eric Warner (Michael Ealy), who comes under suspicion when his wife Kate (Jordana Brewster) is murdered.
Vice Principals: Season 1 (Box Set) – 7th August
Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) star as scheming administrators who become embroiled in an epic power struggle for the school’s top job in this comedy.
Westworld: Season 1 (Box Set) – 14th August
In a futuristic theme park staffed by artificial beings, guests can live out their wildest fantasies. However, when the ‘hosts’ begin to run amok, the guests find themselves in a world where anything can happen. Adapted from the Michael Crichton film by a team including JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton, if you missed HBO’s sci-fi series last year, this is your chance to catch up before Season 2 next year.
The Wire: Seasons 1 to 5 (Box Set) – Date TBC
David Simon’s Emmy® Award-winning drama stars Dominic West (The Affair) as Detective Jimmy McNulty, who along with his fellow investigators attempts to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by the elusive Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell (Idris Elba).
Divorce: Season 1 (Box Set) – Date TBC
This caustic comedy written by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) stars Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) as Frances, a New York woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.
Salt and Fire – 7th August
Michael Shannon plays the enigmatic villain of this eco-thriller from maverick director Werner Herzog, which went straight to DVD in the UK.
Rogue One – 11th August
Felicity Jones shines as fugitive Jyn Erso in this Stars Wars prequel, which tells the story of how the Death Star plans were stolen before Episode IV. Ben Mendelsohn is having fun as the villainous Krennic, while Mads Mikkelsen brings emotional weight as Jyn’s father. The star of the show, though, is the action, which erupts in the final act to turn sci-fi into war movie, as director Gareth Edwards combines Saving Private Ryan and George Lucas’ universe to visceral effect.
Don Verdean – 13th August
Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell all star in this comedy about a small-town pastor who hires a archaeologist to find sacred relics – only for the cover-up of his failure to fuel a comic conspiracy.
Army of One – 15th August
Nic Cage’s latest straight-to-VOD offering sees him play a patriotic construction worker who goes on a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. Based on a true story.
Kubo and the Two Strings – 19th August
Thriving on tales of heroes but respectful of his mother’s wish to keep him close, young storyteller Kubo (Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson) suddenly finds himself on a magical quest to save them both from the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Accompanied by a no-nonsense monkey (Charlize Theron) and a fearless samurai beetle (Matthew McConaughey), Kubo discovers secrets about his family that will steer him towards his own heroic destiny. The stop-motion wizards behind Coraline and The Boxtrolls score another fantastical hit with this triumphant blend of epic storytelling and spellbinding adventure.
Trolls – 26th August
Twenty years after escaping the terrible fate of being eaten by the nasty Bergens at the annual Trollstice, the Trolls enjoy a colourful life of singing, dancing and lots of hugging. After the evil exiled Chef spoils their ongoing party and kidnaps the majority of the village in order to find favour with the new King, two trolls – survivalist Branch (Justin Timberlake) and giddy Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) – must embark on a dangerous quest to save their friends from becoming a Bergen’s dinner. Cheery family fun, based on the ever-popular pencil-toppers.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in August 2017:
What We Become
Super Furry Animals
10 Thousand Saints
Keeping up with the Joneses
Kill Me Three Times
Ouija: Origin of Evil