As the new year begins, it’s important to get your new TV box sets lined up – and Sky and NOW TV are on hand to help.
Fortitude Season 2 is January’s big premiere on Sky Atlantic, taking us back to the remote Arctic town for some supernatural murder mystery thrills. But if the rest of the month is light on the ground, there are box sets aplenty to count down until February’s premiere of The Walking Dead Season 7 Part 2, from ITV’s Victoria and Girls Season 1 to 5 and the whole of The Walking Dead. For non-Sky customers, all those are available on NOW TV, as part of a monthly £6.99 Entertainment Pass subscription.
Sky Cinema customers (£9.99 a month on NOW TV), meanwhile, have a lot to look forward to, from 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Witch to Monster Monster and, for those who missed them in the cinema, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in January 2017:
Fortitude: Season 2 – 26th January
Dennis Quaid and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Resurrection) joins Sky’s thriller, which sees the titular Arctic town face a spooky blend of murder, corruption and something more paranormal. After Season 1, the tight-knit community of Fortitude will be rocked again, as a fresh murder plunges the residents into turmoil. At the start, Quaid’s character discovers Fairley’s character collapsed in the snow and refuses to accept medical help for a mystery condition – but how will they intersect with the other cast members, including additional newcomers Parminder Nagra, Ken Stott and Robert Sheehan. Season 1 is available as a box set.
Hawaii Five-0: Season 7 (9pm, Sky1) – 1st January
The hit cop drama returns as a vigilante begins murdering serial killers and leaving their bodies on Five-0 property.
NCIS: Season 14 (9pm, FOX UK) – 6th January
The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Blue Bloods: Season 7 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 11th January
Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg star in the brand new seventh series of this top US cop drama.
Bull: Season 1 (10pm, FOX UK) – 13th January
Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of TV shrink Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time.
Bones: The Final Chapter (9pm, Sky Living) – 20th January
Fox’s long-running series returns for one last time, as David Boreanaz plays FBI Special Agent Booth in a 12th season of crime-solving.
Girls: Season 1 to 5 (Box Set) – 3rd January
Before Season 6 arrives in February, catch up with the first five seasons of Lena Dunham’s comedy.
Victoria: Season 1 (Box Set) – 3rd January
Jenna Coleman is magnificent in ITV’s royal drama. Missed it when it was on Freeview? It’s coming to ITV Encore this month, so make it your new year’s resolution to binge the whole thing.
The Whispers: Season 1 (Box Set)– 13th January
Exec produced by Steven Spielberg, ABC’s The Whispers only lasted one season, but if you’re looking for supernatural chills this winter, this box set – which follows a string of accidents around children, who all communicate with the same invisible and seemingly imaginary friend called Drill – may be for you. Milos Ventimiglia of Heroes stars.
The Walking Dead: Season 1 to 7 (Box Set) – 30th January
Before Season 7 returns in February, catch up with all six seasons and the first half of the latest run.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – 1st January
Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight goes toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill’s Man Of Steel in Zack Snyder’s gargantuan blockbuster. Batman believes Superman isn’t using his powers to save humanity, while Superman thinks Batman is a dangerous vigilante. Their rivalry presents Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) with a fresh chance at world domination…
Kill Command – 5th January
This slick indie sci-fi takes its cue from Aliens, as we fly into a training exercise with a group of humans – and Mills, an enhanced trooper, who is there to observe and report… and what else?
10 Cloverfield Lane – 6th January
Dan Trachtenberg knocks this sequel out of the park, as Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground shelter built by Howard (John Goodman). He says there’s an alien attack outside that means she can’t leave. Is he telling the truth? This nerve-jangling psychological thriller deliberately keeps you guessing right up until its superb finale.
The Witch – 8th January
A Christian family head into the forest to live a more devout life in 17th century New England. Alas, God, or another power, seems to have other plans and, sure enough, things take a turn for the dark. Robert Eggers’ genuinely creepy horror slips under your skin and leaves you squirming in discomfort.
A Tale of Love and Darkness – 11th January
Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut and stars in this adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s autobiographical account of his relationship with his doting, long-suffering mother Fania (played by Portman).
Alice Through The Looking Glass – 20th January
Muppets director James Bobin follows Tim Burton down the rabbit hole, as Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland to help the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) discover the fate of his long-lost family.
Money Monster – 27th January
Jodie Foster directs this thriller, which sees an angry investor break into the studio of financial TV show and threaten the host live with a gun and a bomb. (George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell star.)
Other new movies arriving on Sky Cinema and NOW TV in January 2017:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Me Him Her
Our Brand Is Crisis
All Roads Lead to Rome
Jamie Marks Is Dead
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
5 to 7
Rise of the Footsoldier II
Cabin Fever (2016)
Kids in Love
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
The Other Side of the Door
Still The Water
The Man Who Knew Infinity