August welcomes one of the best TV shows of 2018 back to our screens, as Succession returns for Season 2 on Sky Atlantic. It’s joined by The Affair’s fifth season, plus the first season of new Sky One comedy Brassic, co-created by star Joe Gilgun. And, for those who prefer to binge rather than weekly releases, the month brings box sets ranging from Silicon Valley and GameFace to Year of the Rabbit and Catch-22.
Don’t have Sky? You can stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW TV, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £7.99 a month for an Entertainment Pass. For more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is serving up a whole range of movies to suit all tastes, from Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to Sorry to Bother You and The Hate U Give, not to mention Shoplifters and Aquaman.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW TV, for £11.99 a month. For more information on that, click here. For sports, you can also sign up to NOW TV’s Sky Sports Pass on a contract-free basis. For more information, click here.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in August 2019:
Million Dollar Listing: NY: Season 8 (E!, Time TBC) – 2nd August
Relentless, ruthless and really, really arrogant, Manhattan’s toughest brokers battle to hold on to their corner of Manhattan’s multi-million-dollar property market.
Temptation Island (E!, 9pm) – 4th August
Temptation Island, hosted by Mark Wahlberg, is the ultimate test of faithfulness, following four couples at a pivotal time in their relationships where they must decide if they’re ready to commit to each other for the rest of their lives – or go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, where they join 24 sexy, eligible singletons and revisit the single life. Are the relationships strong enough to weather this tropical storm of seduction or will someone new catch their eye?
Euphoria: Season 1 (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) – 6th August
Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media, the series is executive produced by Drake, along with manager Future the Prince. The ensemble cast includes actor and singer Zendaya, Maude Apatow (Girls), Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney (Sharp Objects).
FBI: Season 1 (Sky Witness, 9pm) – 8th August
From the team behind the Law and Order franchise comes a fast-paced drama following the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Special Agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan work alongside a tenacious team to investigate cases of tremendous magnitude including terrorism, organised crime and counterintelligence
Succession: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic, 2am/9pm) – 12th August
Created by Jesse Armstrong and starring Brian Cox, Succession is a bitingly funny drama following a family dynasty’s disintegration when the Roy family, owners of a global media empire, fight for control of the company through uncertainty over the health of their father.
A League of Their Own: Season 14 (Sky One, 9pm) – 15th August
James Corden referees as two teams compete against each other in this riotous comedy and entertainment show.
Brassic: Season 1 (Sky One, 10pm) – 22nd August
Hold on to your (miniature) horses. Brassic, the hotly anticipated comedy starring This is England’s Joe Gilgun, Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan and Being Human’s Damien Molony arrives on NOW TV in August. The edgy new British comedy series is co-created by Joe Gilgun and BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst.
The Affair: Season 5 (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) – 27th August
Golden Globe-winning drama about an extramarital relationship between a New York schoolteacher (Dominic West) and a waitress (Ruth Wilson) returns for a 5th season.
Silicon Valley: Season 1 to 5 – 2nd August
Mike Judge’s Emmy-winning comedy charts the (mostly) rising fortunes of a socially awkward computer programmer.
Leaving Neverland – 5th August
Channel 4’s documentary about two boys allegedly abused by Michael Jackson is alarming, upsetting and important viewing.
Fresh Meat: Season 1 to 4 – 5th August
From Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, Channel 4’s comedy drama follows a bunch of universally challenged students.
Blue Bloods: Season 1 to 8 – 9th August
Blue Bloods is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York.
Project Blue Book – 12th August
Aidan Gillen stars in History’s drama based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969.
Siesta Key: Season 1 to 2 – 12th August
MTV’s docuseries follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, class and looming adulthood.
GameFace – 17th August
Roisin Conaty creates and stars in this entertainingly frank comedy about Marcella, a 30-something woman trying to navigate her way through life with the help of her best friend, her therapist, and her driving instructor.
Year of the Rabbit – 20th August
Matt Berry stars in this new Channel 4 comedy about a police detective in Victorian London.
The Good Doctor: Season 1 to 2 – 24th August
From David Shore (creator of House) and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0), this US medical drama stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) as Dr Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. It follows Shaun, as he relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the scepticism of his colleagues.
Catch-22 – 26th August
Hugh Laurie, George Clooney and Kyle Chandler star in Hulu’s adaptation of Joseph Heller’s seminal novel. It follows artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a sinister bureaucratic rule that specifies a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Midnight Texas: Season 1 to 2 – 27th August
NBC’s now-cancelled drama, based on Charlaine Harris’ book, introduces us to a safe haven for vampires, witches, psychics, hit men, and more – but with the presence of outsiders, the residents band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
Magnum P.I.: Season 1 – 29th August
Jay Hernandez stars in this reboot of the iconic series about the former Navy SEAL who now works as a security consultant and private detective.
The Darkest Minds – 2nd August
Sci-fi thriller set in a world where the few surviving teens have developed powerful abilities, causing adult society to turn against them. With Mandy Moore and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – 9th August
Eye-catching superhero animation introducing Brooklyn teen Miles Morales and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse – where more than one can wear the mask. With the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali and Jake Johnson.
Shoplifters – 14th August
Winner of the Cannes Palme D’Or, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest tells the story of a family of rogues who take in a homeless girl they find in the cold. Teaching her their way of getting by, they live a threadbare, but happy family existence until life throws up an unexpected swerve.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – 16th August
After the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escapes from custody, Newt Scamander is called upon by Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore once again. Facing unforeseen dangers, Newt must find a way to stop Grindelwald, whose plan for pure-blood wizards to rule over non-magical beings threatens to divide the entire wizarding world.
Sorry to Bother You – 18th August
Ambitious, scathing and original; documentary maker Boots Riley’s debut fictional film hits it out of the park.
Aquaman – 23rd August
Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
The Hate U Give – 25th August
Tough YA drama starring Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) as a teenager left reeling after the fatal police shooting of her childhood best friend. With Regina Hall.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema in August 2019:
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Drunk on Love
The Adventures of Jurassic Pet
Escape from Sobibor
Age of Summer
A Stork’s Journey
Girls of the Sun
An Elephant’s Journey
A Very Bad Day
Under the Tree
Bad Times At the El Royale
Asterix and the Secret of the Magic Potion
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