Sky is pulling out all the stops for 2018, with its biggest original series to date: Britannia, a sweeping historical epic that has David Morrisey and Kelly Reilly in its cast and Game of Thrones firmly in its sights. Even better, the whole thing is released all-at-once as a box set, so you don’t have to wait for new episodes.
For US TV fans, though, there are lots of new arrivals each week to keep you occupied, from The Blacklist and Hawaii Five-0’s return to more from MacGuyer and How to Get Away with Murder. Box sets to dismiss the January blues are aplenty too, including Dexter, Six Foot Under, Agent Carter, Girls and Babylon Berlin.
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 more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is serving up a selection of 2017’s best films, from Logan, Christine and Raw to Kong: Skull Island and the phenomenal Get Out.
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.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in January 2018:
Harry Hill’s Tea Time: Season 2 (Sky 1, 8.30pm) – 2nd January
There’s chaos in the kitchen as Harry Hill serves up a hilarious second helping of calamitous culinary mayhem, part chat show, part spoof cookery show.
The Blacklist: Season 5 (Sky 1, 9pm) – 2nd January
Last season’s finale spilled the beans and answered the question fans of The Blacklist have been asking for years: who is Liz’s dad? But as season five begins, it’s clear it’s still not going to be plain sailing for Liz. Discovering who her father is hasn’t given Liz closure, but it has left her with some frightening things to work out…
Hawaii Five-0: Season 8 (Sky 1, 9pm) – 7th January
The taskforce gets a shake-up in season eight as two new recruits step into Kono and Chin’s shoes.
NCIS: Los Angeles – Party Crashers: Season 9 (Sky 1, 10pm) – 7th January
As the new season begins, Granger’s replacement, executive assistant director Shay Mosley (Nia Long), steps in and shakes up the team. Hetty hands in her retirement papers and mysteriously vanishes. Meanwhile, Sam urges Callen to find a new partner.
MacGyver – DIY or Die: Season 2 (Sky 1, 8pm) – 7th January
Nerdy hero MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his crack clandestine team return to fend off more baddies with ingenious methods. Season 2 begins in the Middle East, where Mac and the gang have found out that a Navy SEAL is alive and held in captivity. They try to track him down. And a football and a mobile phone come in mighty handy…
How to Get Away with Murder: Season 4 (Sky Living, 10pm) – 9th January
Murder, deception, fear and guilt have tied Middleton University professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to an inner circle of associates and students, once known as the Keating 5. But despite their best efforts to move on, their trials are not yet over…
Active Shooter: America under Fire: Season 1 (Sky Atlantic, 9pm – 15th January
A gripping new examination of active shooter incidents in the US, providing a thoughtful and comprehensive inspection of one of the biggest issues affecting the country today.
Britannia: Season 1 (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) – 18th January
In 55BC, Julius Caesar attempted to invade Britannia, seeking to exploit the island’s legendary tin deposits. What he found mad him turn his armies around and return straight home. Nine decades later, the Romans, led by General Aulus Plautius, return to Britannia’s shores to finish what Caesar started. From Jez Butterworth, the writer of blockbusters Spectre and Edge of Tomorrow and the multi-award-winning Jerusalem, Britannia is one of the most ambitious and epic Sky originals to date, starring David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Kelly Reilly (True Detective), Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and Mackenzie Crook (The Detectorists).
Gomorrah: Season 3 (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) – 31st January
The gritty Italian crime drama Gomorrah returns for a third run, following the members of various clans of the Camorra mafia of Naples, who this season are reeling following the death of a boss. With a power vacuum in play, accusations fly as to who was responsible for the murder, and the question remains as to who will step up as the new head of the family. Meanwhile, the death must also be avenged. Kicking off with a double-bill, two new episodes of the new season arrive every Wednesday.
Dexter: Seasons 1 to 8 (Box Set) – 1st January
By day, mild-mannered forensics expert Dexter Morgan (Michael C Hall) spends his days solving crimes for the Miami police. By night, he is a serial killer. But Dexter lives by a strict code of honour in that he only targets other murderers.
Six Feet Under: Seasons 1 to 5 (Box Set) – 2nd January
The Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama, created by Oscar®-winning writer Alan Ball (American Beauty), focuses on the cathartic journey of the Fisher family, whose personal trials and tribulations are played out against the reflective backdrop of an independent funeral home in LA.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Seasons 1 to 4 (Box Set) – 3rd January
Combat and espionage expert Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), pilot and martial artist Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), engineer Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) join Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) on a mission to investigate super-human individuals and unusual events across the globe in this action-packed US drama.
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1 and 2 (Box Set) – 3rd January
Hayley Atwell is on fantastic form in Agent Carter, the small screen’s long-awaited female-led spin-off from the Marvel universe.
Blood Drive: Season 1 (Box Set) – 4th January
Set in the dystopian “distant future” of 1999, this absurdly entertaining grindhouse-style series employs a delightful mash-up of horror and sci-fi tropes, from zombies and robots to thunderdomes and beyond, to tell the story of an honourable former cop and a dangerous femme fatale who are thrown together in death race in cars fuelled by human blood.
High Maintenance: Season 1 (Box Set) – 5th January
Based on the web series from Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, this comedy stars Sinclair as The Guy, a bikeriding, weed-delivery salesman with an eclectic variety of Brooklyn clients, from a jacked-up gym enthusiast and a medical student with a religious family to an aspiring writer and an eccentric string of regulars.
Girls: Seasons 1 to 6 (Box Set) – 6th January
All six seasons of Lena Dunham’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy arrive on Sky Box Sets and NOW TV. Inspired by some of Dunham’s real-life experiences, the show charts the misfortunes of four cash-strapped and confused Brooklyn 20-somethings who are fighting to find their feet in the world.
Living the Dream: Season 1 (Box Set) – 7th January
Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp star in this transatlantic comedy drama from the award-winning makers of Cold Feet.
Sick Note: Season 1 (Box Set) – 12th January
Rupert Grint and Nick Frost team up for this Sky Original Production – a dark comedy about a lie that spirals out of control.
Babylon Berlin: Season 1 (Box Set) – 18th January
One of the most ambitious high-end international dramas ever made, this ground-breaking Sky Original Production is based on the bestselling novels by German writer Volker Kutscher. The engrossing mystery follows police inspector Gereon Rath as he is sent to the glamorous, decadent world of pre-WWII Berlin to investigate a porn ring run by the city’s mafia.
Kong: Skull Island – 1st January
This vibrant, violent King Kong reboot mixes the thrill of monsters and the fun of world-building in one hairy package.
Logan – 5th January
This dark, grizzled thriller is a violent punch to the face of superhero movie convention – and a moving end to Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine.
Raw – 10th January
This genre-bending horror is a grisly and undefinable coming-of-age fable that needs to be seen to be believed – and before you find out anymore about it.
Get Out – 12th January
“I told you not to go in that house.” Those are the words of Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery), best friend of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), upon hearing that his trip to meet his girlfriend’s parents has gone awry. Why? Because Chris is black and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), is white. In 2017, you might not think that would be a problem, but Get Out is a biting commentary on racism in modern society, one that delivers its point with a whip-smart blend of thrilling horror and dark humour.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – 19th January
Johnny Depp buckles swashes for a fifth time as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time he’s the target of deadly ghost pirates who, led by his old nemesis, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea… including him.
A Cure for Wellness – 20th January
An ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” run by the sinister Dr Volmer (Jason Isaacs) at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. However, he soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.
Kicks – 22nd January
When local yobs make off with his prized Air Jordans, 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory) and his two buddies head off on a risky mission through Oakland’s San Francisco Bay area to get them back. Fleet-footed and full of flair, debut director Justin Tipping’s coming-of-age drama is a box-fresh slice of urban life.
Nina – 25th January
The roller coaster story of mercurial jazz singer and classical pianist Nina Simone is chronicled with Zoe Saldana as the erratic star. After her US career hits rock bottom, she recruits hospital nurse Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo) as her PA and heads to France. A series of vignettes relives 1960s memories: from hanging out backstage with Richard Pryor (Mike Epps) to improvising To Be Young, Gifted and Black with Lorraine Hansberry (Ella Thomas).
Ghost in the Shell – 26th January
Human-cyborg hybrid The Major (Scarlett Johansson) and her elite special ops team Section 9 are assigned to capture an elusive hacker known as the Puppet Master in this divisive live-action adaptation of the legendary manga.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in January 2018:
Rules Don’t Apply
President Under Siege
Wolves at the Door
The Book of Henry
This Is Your Death
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions
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