With Westworld, Patrick Melrose, Billions, Bulletproof and Legion still dropping new episodes weekly on Sky, June’s a quiet month for new TV shows, with only two big arrivals on the summer horizon: Get Shorty’s TV series, starring Chris O’Dowd, and the fourth season of The Affair. For those who are missing Glastonbury, though, there’s also a welcome musical fix from Sky Arts’ coverage of Download and the Isle of Wight Festival. But the star of the month is surely Game of Thrones, with HBO’s fantasy epic back in full on Sky Box Sets, just in case you’re getting withdrawal symptoms before the final season finally airs next year.
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Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is taking us back to some of the biggest hits of last year, with Blade Runner 2049 leading the month’s line-up, followed by smash horror remake It. There’s also Tom Cruise blockbuster American Made, Jon Hamm drama Marjorie Prime and Darren Aronofsky’s divisive Mother!.
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Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in June 2018:
Get Shorty: Season 1 (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) – 6th June
Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel and the hit movie of the same name, Get Shorty the TV series follows Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidently brings it with him to Los Angeles.
Download Festival (Sky Arts) – 8th to 10th June
Sky Arts brings viewers all the best action from this year’s Download Festival at Donington Park. This summer, the Leicestershire mecca of rock welcomes legendary American band Guns N’ Roses, Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson, Welsh heavy metal juggernauts Bullet for My Valentine and the one and only Ozzy Osbourne. Without a doubt, this boisterous weekend is one of the highlights in every rock, punk and metal fan’s calendar.
Atlanta: Season 2 – 17th June
Donald Glover’s series stars the Community veteran as Earnest Marks, who drops out of Princeton and returns to his hometown of Atlanta. There, he discovers that his cousin, Alfred, has become the city’s hottest new rap act. The show follows the two cousins as they work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Co-starring with Glover are Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz.
Isle of Wight Festival (Sky Arts) – 21st to 24th June
Live and in Ultra HD, Sky Arts presents the very best of this year’s star-studded Isle of Wight Festival. Brit Award winners Kasabian, electronic rockers Depeche Mode, rock’n’roll star Liam Gallagher and Las Vegas superstars The Killers headline the ever-electrifying event at Seaclose Park in what promises to be a top weekend for all music lovers. There will also be a special programme celebrating 50 years of the Isle of Wight Festival, featuring 20 of the best acts ever to grace the iconic stage.
The Affair: Season 4 – 26th June
Intimate, deeply observed and elusive. The provocative drama starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney returns for a fourth season. We now find Noah, Helen, Alison and Cole in their own orbits, alienated from each other and spinning further away from where it all began. With everyone involved in a new relationship, are they now prepared to leave the past behind? Or will they attempt to change the narrative?
Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 to 7 (Box Set) – 1st June
Sky Box Sets is giving you the chance to enjoy the record-breaking fantasy epic all over again – every episode becomes available to binge in Week 22.
The Night Of (Box Set) – Date TBC
With an impressive cast featuring British actors Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) and Amara Karan (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), as well as John Turturro (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), The Night Of revolves around a shocking New York City murder case. Over eight episodes, the series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.
American Made – 1st June
This breezy crime thriller – based on real-life events and directed by The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman – stars the evergreen Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a frustrated airline pilot whose thirst for adrenaline saw him quit the day job and get mixed up with the CIA. Initially he’s hired by shadowy G-man Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) to capture reconnaissance photos of Soviet-backed insurgents in South America. But soon enough he attracts the attention of Medellín drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Mother! – 3rd June
From writer-director Darren Aronofsky comes a paranoid,
blackly comic nightmare. Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence play an unnamed husband and wife living in an enormous, octagonal house smack bang in the middle of nowhere. Her days are consumed with the redecorating work needed after a terrible fire, while he – a celebrated author – struggles unsuccessfully to overcome a paralysing case of writer’s block. Then there’s a late-in-thenight knock at the door and a
mysterious stranger (Ed Harris) and his glamorous wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) usher in ever-escalating chaos…
It – 8th June
Stephen King’s 1986 novel – previously adapted into a TV miniseries starring the scenestealing Tim Curry – gets the big-screen treatment, with Mama director Andy Muschietti ably pulling the strings. Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) takes over from Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the malevolent, shape-shifting demon who drags little Georgie Denbrough into the sewers of Derry, Maine – an act which prompts guilt-ridden older brother Bill (Midnight Special’s Jaeden Lieberher) to go looking for answers.
Marjorie Prime – 10th June
Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated stage play, this exploration of family and memory sees the family of dementia sufferer Marjorie (Lois Smith) attempt to stimulate her mind with a holographic avatar of her late husband Walter. Played by Hamm, the ‘prime’ is a representation of Walter as a young man, engineered to steer Marjorie back through the key moments in her life. But everyone recalls events of the past differently, so is the prime helping or merely adding to Marjorie’s confusion?
Blade Runner 2049 – 15th June
Denis Villeneuve directs this staggering follow-up to Ridley
Scott’s sci-fi noir masterpiece. The setting is an eerie, futureworld LA 30 years after the events of the original, with Ryan Gosling following in the footsteps of Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard as Blade Runner K – tasked with hunting down and
“retiring” rogue first-gen androids known as replicants. It’s a job he’s dutifully performed for years, but after a bruising encounter with Dave Bautista’s Sapper Morton and the mention of some unseen miracle, doubts and anxieties begin to take root.
Victoria & Abdul – 22nd June
Judi Dench reprises the role of Queen Victoria which she first played opposite Billy Connolly’s Scottish servant John Brown in 1997’s Mrs Brown. This time she takes a shine to Indian clerk Abdul Karim, played by Ali Fazal, the Bollywood star who made his Hollywood name with the action thriller Furious 7. Based on the book by Shrabani Basu, its follows the friendship between the Queen and Karim – who Victoria referred to as “Munshi”, an Urdu word for teacher – and the discord in the palace when she insisted that he accompany her on her travels.
Marshall – 24th June
Chadwick Boseman comes down to Earth after his exploits as Marvel’s Black Panther to play Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. The movie focusses on the young attorney – partnered with a rookie Jewish insurance lawyer (Josh Gad) – defending a black chauffeur (Sterling K Brown) against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder in the early 1940s.
Other movies coming soon in June 2018:
The Pirates of Somalia
Most Beautiful Island
Brothers in Arms
My Blind Brother
Please Stand By
That’s Not Me
My Pet Dinosaur
The Night Watchmen
So B. It