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Game of… Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones… If you haven’t started singing the words of HBO’s fantasy epic to its theme tune again yet, you soon will, because it’s only a matter of days until the show returns for its seventh, penultimate season.
While winter is coming this July with a vengeance, though, the month has more than enough to keep you entertained between every week’s instalment, as sci-fi hit Colony returns for a second season, presposterous thriller Zoo is back for Season 3, Viola Davis is back to show us How To Get Away With Murder, and Ray Donovan’s first four seasons arrive on-demand for you to catch up before August’s Season 5. Most exciting of all, though, is The Leftovers, the final season of which begins on 4th July – and ends whenever you want, as all episodes land on-demand on the same day.
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.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is getting into the summer blockbuster spirit with Doctor Strange, but has enough for the whole family to enjoy, from kid-friendly The Secret Life of Pets and Moana to award-worthy gems Nocturnal Animals and American Honey, with a side helping of horror in the form of The Girl with All the Gifts and I Am Not a Serial Killer. In the words of Pixar’s delightful animation, you’re welcome.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW TV, for £9.99 a month. For more information on that, click here.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky in July 2017:
The Leftovers: Season 3 (10pm, Sky Atlantic) – 4th July
One of the most inventive and unpredictable series on television comes to a close as the third and final season of the critically acclaimed drama The Leftovers begins. It’s been four years since the events at Miracle, and the world is still struggling to come to terms with The Departure – the unexplainable global event that saw two percent of the population suddenly vanish. Never seen The Leftovers? Season 1 and 2 are on Sky Box Sets and on-demand through NOW TV, so there’s no excuse for getting left behind. Even better news? Every episode of Season 3 will be available on-demand from Tuesday 4th July, so you won’t need to wait to reach the thrilling climax.
Colony: Season 2 (9pm, Sky 1) – 5th July
When an alien force occupies LA, a former FBI agent and his wife are forced to make tough decisions in this gripping futuristic thriller. In the wake of the invasion, Season 2 sees the family fight to stay together in a new world…
Zoo: Season 3 (9pm, Sky 1) – 7th July
Everyone’s favourite implausible thriller about an animal uprising returns, promising more of the same unique blend of duff dialogue, cheesy action, creepy horror and did we mention the animal uprising?
Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Season 6 (9pm, Sky 1) – 9th July
The BAFTA-winning documentary maker and the Extreme World team return with unparalleled access to more people caught up in some of the most pressing issues of our time. This time around, the former EastEnders hard man investigates The Philippines’ ruthless war on drugs and heads deep into Madagascar’s bandit lands. He also gets to the heart of the drug epidemic tearing through the West Bank and speaks to those caught up in the bloody street war that has claimed more than 4,000 lives in Naples.
Chicago Fire: Season 5 (9pm, Sky Living) – 11th July
The men and women of the Chicago Fire Department battle with heat in both their professional and personal lives as they keep their city safe in this smoking drama.
How To Get Away With Murder: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Living) – 13th July
The hit drama from Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes brings its irresistible brand of intrigue to Sky Living, as Season 3 makes its UK TV debut. Viola Davis is on Emmy-winning form as Annalise Keating, an attorney and law professor who hires her five best students as interns and ends up having to give them some all too practical lessons in how to get away with murder. Season 3 begins with her charges entering their second year of law school as they struggle to move on following Season 2’s murder. Meanwhile, Annalise sets up a criminal law clinic where the students will get the chance to compete for their own cases.
Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family – Man’s Best Friend (9pm, Sky 1) – 13th July
Patrick Aryee embarks on an endearing journey through the canine family tree as he reveals the surprising history of dogs and our pets’ weird and wonderful relatives.
Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 17th July
The end is approaching. War is coming. And for those who can’t wait, episodes will be simulcast each Monday at 2am and then available on-demand immediately after, so you can watch it whenever you like legally in the UK following the US broadcast. Season 1 to 6 are already available on-demand.
Ballers: Season 3 (10pm, Sky Atlantic) – 27th July
The Rock, The Rock’s muscles and The Rock’s eyebrows all return for Season 3 of his HBO sporting PR drama about an NFL player-turned-money man.
Workaholics: Seasons 1 to 6 (Box Set) – 1st July
Co-created by its stars Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect), Blake Anderson (Parks and Recreation) and Anders Holm (Sausage Party), this Emmy-nominated comedy follows three college graduates as they enter the workforce together. But making the transition from slacker students to prompt professional telemarketers isn’t easy and they quickly find themselves spending their days avoiding doing any real work before letting loose in the evenings.
Insecure (Box Set) – 10th July
On the back of her 2015 New York Times bestseller The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and her popular award-winning web series Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae lays bare the excruciating experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African American woman in this critically acclaimed comedy. Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey one foot-in-mouth moment at a time.
Ray Donovan: Seasons 1 to 4 (Box Set) – 17th July
Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA’s power players. Returning to Sky Atlantic for a fifth season this August, this top-quality series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Liev Schreiber as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.
The Girl with All the Gifts – 9th July
Following a deadly fungal outbreak, survivors live in secure military bases while the infected roam outside as mindless, flesh-eating ‘hungries’. But children born to hungries are different – they can think. Although treated like dangerous animals, symptomatic youngsters like Melanie (newcomer Sennia Nanua) are key to any cure. So when the base is breached, Melanie finds herself accompanying her kindly teacher Helen (Gemma Arterton), chief scientist Caldwell (Glenn Close) and skeptical soldier Parks (Paddy Considine) on the ultimate survival mission. Eerie, intelligent, moving horror.
Pet – 13th July
Dominic Monaghan is on disturbing form in this psychological thriller about animal shelter worker Seth, who meets his unrequited high school crush Holly (Ksenia Solo) on a bus and tries to make his feelings known. When she politely turns him down, the obsessed Seth takes drastic action by kidnapping her and holding her in a cage beneath his rescue centre.
Nocturnal Animals – 16th July
Icy LA gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams) receives the manuscript of an unpublished novel from her ex-husband Tony (Jake Gyllenhaal), the man whose heart she broke two decades before. She reads the novel, which tells the terrifying story a family terrorised by a wild gang on a remote stretch of desert road. Then she realises that Tony may be trying to tell her something… Michael Shannon and a menacing Aaron Taylor-Johnson lend mesmerising support to writer-director Tom Ford’s chilling and compellingly layered tale of revenge.
I Am Not A Serial Killer – 20th July
I am not a serial killer. That’s what teenager John Cleaver (Max Records) tells himself every day – and after a few minutes in his company, it’s easy to see why.
A borderline sociopath with homicidal tendencies, he shows all the signs of growing up to become the local town’s next mass murderer. The problem? Someone’s already beaten him to it, with gruesome bodies turning up all over the neighbourhood. For John, a boy who works in his family’s morgue and has an obsession with serial killers, it’s a dream come true – and his fascination soon turns to investigating the spate of gooey corpses. A macabre little gem.
The Secret Life of Pets – 22nd July
In his Manhattan apartment block, terrier Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) is used to being top dog… until his kind-hearted owner brings home the lumbering mongrel Duke (Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet) from the pound. But when their rivalry leaves them adrift in the big, bad city, the mismatched mutts must pull together to escape the clutches of both animal control and an underground army of abandoned pets led by a barmy bunny called Snowball (Kevin Hart). Animated family fun from the director of Despicable Me.
Doctor Strange – 28th July
Marvel’s latest super-romp sees Benedict Cumberbatch step into the shoes of Dr Stephen Strange, a self-obsessed neurosurgeon with a drawer full of expensive watches and a garage full of supercars. When a road accident robs him of his glittering career and identity, fate takes him to Nepal where a secret order of galaxy-protecting monks help him to lose his ego and reinvent himself. After a stuttering start, Doctor Strange proves a dab hand at the mystic arts, coming to the aid of Tilda Swinton’s sorcerer supreme when one of her former pupils (Mads Mikkelsen) goes rogue. The story may feel familiar, but the stunning, original visuals are anything but.
Moana – 29th July
This uplifting tale of a young woman writing her own life story is brimming with music and imagination.
American Honey – 30th July
Andrea Arnold again confirms herself as one of Britain’s most interesting directors with this epic trip across America. Sasha Lane stars as Star, a girl who finds herself tagging along with a bunch of teen magazine sellers to escape her day-to-day life. Led by Riley Keough’s Krystal and Shia LaBeouf’s Jake, they’re a ragtag group who have no homes or money and are happy to live one door knock at a time. Rolling across the country over two hours, Arnold’s panoramic vista of society makes for an intoxicating road movie that makes you fall in and out of love with the road over and over again.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in July 2017:
The Call Up
The Measure of a Man
Dog Eat Dog
Frankie & Alice
I’ll See You in My Dreams
The Here After
Popstar: Never Stop Popping
A Street Cat Named Bob
ID2: Shadwell Army
My Internship In Canada
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
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