If you ever needed a reason to get Sky, February 2017 is about as good as it gets. Sky Cinema’s line-up might not be very impressive, but the coming 30 days see the TV broadcaster throw everything at the screen but Game of Thrones (that returns in the summer) to keep viewers entertained.
First up is Sky 1’s quartet of DC Comics shows, returning in a new double-bill format on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as the return of The Walking Dead on FOX UK. X-Men fans, meanwhile, will be raring to tune in to new series Legion. For non-sci-fi lovers, Sky Atlantic’s Billions Season 2 will be top of the binge-watch list. And, of course, there’s the small matter of 24: Legacy (on FOX again) introducing us to the new Jack Bauer. John Oliver delivering a weekly burst of much-needed satire in Last Week Tonight? That’s the icing on an already big cake.
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 £6.99 a month. For more information, click here.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in February 2017:
Supergirl / The Flash (8pm/9pm, Sky 1) – 31st January
Now airing in a double-bill on Tuesdays, Supergirl Season 2 Part 2 and The Flash Season 3 Part 2 will return at the very end of January, before continuing their run throughout February, offering back-to-back superhero action – all building up to their musical crossover in March.
Legends of Tomorrow / Arrow (8pm/9pm, Sky 1) – 2nd February
Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow continue Sky’s new two-for-one format, with Legends’ Season 2 Part 2 and Arrow Season 5 Part 2 airing on Thursdays, beginning on 2nd February, just one week behind their US premiere.
Scandal: Season 6 (10pm, Sky Living) – 2nd February
Olivia Pope and her gladiators in suits return for another season of gossip and fixes.
MacGyver: Season 1 (8pm, Sky 1) – 8th February
CBS’ reboot of the 1980s series has been snapped up in the UK by Sky, with Lucas Till in the lead role.
The Blacklist: Season 4 Part 2 (9pm, Sky 1) – 8th February
James Spader returns as master criminal-turned FBI informant Raymond Reddington, as the fourth season of this action-packed conspiracy drama concludes – now in its new UK home of Sky 1.
Legion (9pm, FOX UK) – 9th February
David Haller, a.k.a. Legion, is a haunted man with power beyond comprehension. His power does not come free, but at the steep cost of David’s mind. Plagued by numerous split personalities – each commanding a different aspect of his power – David is trying to find his way back to sanity. But he’s getting tired and about to give up, until he meets the girl of his dreams…
Girls: Season 6 (Sky Atlantic) – 13th February
Lena Dunham’s Golden Globe-winning comedy about an aspiring writer and her three friends as they struggle to navigate the choppy waters of twenty-something life returns for a sixth and final series.
The Walking Dead: Season 7 Part 2 (9pm, FOX UK) – 13th February
What will Negan do next – or, more accurately, what will Rick do to stop him? The Walking Dead Season 7 returns for what promises to be an even more gruelling, brutal and shocking second half. (Need to catch up? All 91 previous episodes are available already on-demand.)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Season 4 (Sky Atlantic) – 13th February
Welcome back, John Oliver. The world needs you.
24: Legacy (9pm, FOX UK) – 15th February
Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins picks up the baton from Jack Bauer in this new instalment in FOX’s real-time franchise. He plays Eric, a military hero who returns to the US with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
Madam Secretary: Season 3 (10pm, Sky Living) – 15th February
Tea Leoni returns as everyone’s favourite Secretary of State, real or fictional.
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 13 (10pm, Sky Living) – 16th February
The latest season of the famous medical drama finally lands in the UK.
Billions: Season 2 – 21st February
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis return for another season of CBS’ bold drama set in the ego-driven world of New York high finance. It was created, written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman & David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders) and Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big To Fail). But really, all you need to know are the two names in front of the camera – judging by Season 1, this will be electric stuff. (Need to catch up? Season 1 is already available on-demand.)
Lucky Man: Season 2 (9pm, Sky 1) – 24th February
James Nesbitt returns in Sky’s original series, created by Stan Lee. He plays Harry Clayton, a London-based cop struggling to come to terms with his gambling addiction when he reluctantly ends up wearing a bracelet that seems to give him endless luck. With the help of his partner, DS Suri Chohan (Amara Karan), Harry’s job is to solve particularly puzzling murder cases – while refusing to use his new-found ‘power’ to assist him in any way. As for the mystery of the bracelet, that’s only set to get more intriguing in Season 2… (Need to catch up? Season 1 is already available on-demand.)
Our Little Sister – 8th February
Hirokazu Koreeda’s family drama follows three sisters who attend the funeral of their father, only to meet their half-sister, Suzu (Suzu Hirose), for the first time. She is invited by the eldest, Sachi (Haruka Ayase), to live with them. There are no soap opera shouting matches to be found here, though: Koreeda is a master of the everyday, of capturing complex relationships through the minutest shifts in behaviour.
Men & Chicken – 22nd February
Mads Mikkelsen leads the cast in this offbeat Danish comedy about two outcast brothers who find themselves getting to know the rest of their estranged family.
The Greasy Strangler – 23rd February
This seriously deranged black comedy is repulsive, disturbing and worryingly funny. Read our full review.
I Saw the Light – 26th February
Tom Hiddleston is on stellar form in this biopic of folk-singing legend Hank Williams.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in February 2017:
The Asian Connection
The Angry Birds Movie
Miracles from Heaven
Anything for Love
Up for Love
Bad Neighbours 2
Fathers & Daughters
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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