March surely means one thing for Sky customers: The Walking Dead. Yes, AMC’s zombie smash hit shuffled onto FOX UK at the very end of last month for the second part of its eight season – and with all of the previous seasons available on-demand until 27th March, there’s never been a better chance to catch yourself up.
Speaking of catching up, this is the month when DC’s superhero series finally return to our screens, from Supergirl Season 3 to Arrow Season 6, joining the already-premiered Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash. Other notable shows include Nashville’s sixth season, the debut of SMILF, Idris Elba’s new series, In the Long Run, a third season of Billions, plus everything from Westworld to The Sopranos on Sky Box Sets.
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 hosting the Oscars once again, with the only live stream worth streaming from Hollywood all night on Sunday 4th March. Sky’s also using the weekend to launch its first original film, Monster Family, but there’s much more to catch the eye, from excellent Brit drama The Levelling to Edgar Wright’s toe-tapping Baby Driver. There’s also horror fun to be found in Cult of Chucky and It Comes At Night. But the biggest star of the month is Wonder Woman, who powers her way onto the service, fittingly enough, on International Womens Day.
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 your guide to what’s coming soon in March 2018:
Arrow: Season 6 Part 2 (8pm, Sky1) – 1st March
Oliver Queen and the gang are back for more vigilante crime-fighting. Need to catch up? The first half of Season 6 is still available on-demand.
Scandal: Season 7 Part 2 (10pm, Sky Living) – 1st March
Kerry Washington stars in the hit US drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Need to catch up? The first half of Season 7 is available on-demand until 12th May 2018.
The Good Doctor: Season 1 Part 2 (9pm, Sky Living) – 2nd March
Freddie Highmore stars in a top-drawer medical drama as an autistic surgeon facing the challenge of defying his colleagues’ expectations at a prestigious hospital’s surgery unit. Need to catch up? The first half of Season 7 is available on-demand until 29th April 2018.
Nashville: Season 6 (10pm, Sky Living) – 9th March
Take a toe-tapping trip to America’s Deep South with this compelling country music drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton and Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere.
Picasso Love from the Tate Modern (Sky Arts, 10pm) – Sunday 11th March
Sky Arts is giving viewers a front-row seat at the most exciting exhibition of the year, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, from London’s Tate Modern. The show will broadcast live from the Tate on that day and will be presented by broadcaster and curator Kate Bryan, who Sky Arts viewers will know from Portrait Artist of the Year. The programme will feature an impressive list of names, including Picasso fan and painter Vic Reeves, photographer David Bailey and portraitist Jonathan Yeo, as well as interviews with Picasso family members such as Diana Widmaier Picasso and Bernard Picasso.
Chicago Fire: Season 6, Part 2 (9pm, Sky Living) – 13th March
This red-hot US drama from the creators of The Wire and Law & Order follows the gutsy crew of Chicago Firehouse 51.
SMILF: Season 1 (10pm, Sky Atlantic) – 14th March
Frankie Shaw’s semi-autobiographical comedy-drama takes a raw and honest look at a 20-something from South Boston whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood.
SEAL Team: Season 1 (9pm, Sky 1) – 22nd March
David Boreanaz stars in this new US drama about a SEAL team.
Supergirl: Season 3 Part 2 (8pm, Sky 1) – 26th March
Melissa Benoist flies back onto our screens as Superman’s cousin, Kara.
Billions: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 29th March
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti go head to head once again as a hot shot investor and the US Attorney determined to bring his dodgy dealings down.
In the Long Run (Sky 1) – Date TBC
Check out this new comedy created by and featuring Idris Elba. Loosely based on his childhood, it’s set amid the tower blocks (and shell-suits) of 1980s London. There, life is ticking along nicely for factory worker Walter (Elba), his wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah) an their 13-year-old son Kobna (Sammy Kamara). But all is about to change when Walter’s freewheeling brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) crashes into their quiet lives… with laughter and chaos in tow. Bill Bailey also stars.
Nashville: Seasons 1 to 5 (Box Set) – 1st March
With Season 6 starting on Sky Living, seasons one to five of the critically acclaimed US drama are available with Sky Box Sets and NOW TV. Set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene, Nashville follows country music legend Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and rising star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) as they compete with each other for the spotlight.
Broad City: Seasons 1 to 4 (Box Set) – 1st March
Created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and produced by Amy Poehler, this hit American comedy follows two best friends navigating their 20s in New York City. They may be broke and flawed, but they never shy away from the absurd situations and awkward encounters the Big Apple throws at them. Rife with sexual oversharing and drug-hazed high jinks, all four seasons of Broad City become available with Sky Box Sets.
Silicon Valley: Seasons 1 to 4 (Box Set) – 2nd March
With season five of the award-winning comedy set to premiere on Sky Atlantic in April, viewers are able to catch up on every episode so far with Sky Box Sets and NOW TV. From the creator of Beavis and Butt-head, the show follows a group of entrepreneurs (Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani) as they found a start-up company called Pied Piper. But their journey to becoming Silicon Valley’s latest millionaires is strewn with squabbles, vulgar smart fridges, exploding mobile phones, runaway driverless cars and wallet-emptying lawsuits.
Westworld: Season 1 (Box Set) – 9th March
In a futuristic theme park staffed by artificial beings, guests can live out their wildest fantasies. However, when the ‘hosts’ begin to run amok, the guests find
themselves in a world where anything can happen. With Westworld set to return for Season 2 later this year, every episode so far becomes available with Sky Box Sets. From JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton, this visually stunning blend of drama, sci-fi and western takes an unsettling look at human nature and the morality, and dangers, of artificial intelligence.
Outcast: Seasons 1 to 2 (Box Set) – 16th March
Created by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman, Outcast follows Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit, Gone Girl), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister, Life on Mars), a local preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers in the hope of leading a normal life. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate, and the fate of the world, forever.
Trollied: Seasons 1 to 7 (Box Set) – 20th March
See all seven series of Sky One’s popular comedy. Boasting a stellar cast that includes Jane Horrocks, Mark Addy, Sarah Parish, Stephen Tompkinson and Rufus Hound, it follows the hapless staff of fictional supermarket of Valco, from bored checkout staff and delusional pharmacists to lazy security guards and ineffectual managers, as they deal with the everyday problems of running a value store, not to mention the customers, who range from the irate to the bizarre.
The Sopranos: Seasons 1 to 6 (Box Set) – 23rd March
Every episode of the multi-award-winning mob drama – named the best-written television show in history by the Writers Guild of America – returns to Sky Box Sets. Over the course of six seasons, James Gandolfini and a superb ensemble cast, including Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli, deal with myriad personal and professional problems, from power struggles and affairs, to violence and the threat of exposure and betrayal. Hailed as a masterpiece by critics, The Sopranos is one not to miss.
The 2018 Oscars (Sky Cinema Oscars, 1.30am) – 4th March
The 90th Academy Awards streaming live from Hollywood, only available exclusively on Sky Cinema in the UK. For more information, click here.
Monster Family – 2nd March
The bickering Wishbone family get monstered when mom Emma (Emily Watson) falls foul of an evil witch. Dad (Nick Frost) becomes a flatulent Frankenstein, daughter Fay (Jessica Brown Findlay) mutates into a mummy, son Max (Ethan Rouse) is bitten by a werewolf bug while Emma is transformed into a vampire.To reverse the curse and return to human form they must show they can happily get along…but Dracula (Jason Isaacs) has other ideas. Crazy animated family fun.
Baby Driver – 3rd March
Youthful getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) is obsessed with music… when he isn’t providing the wheels for robbery gang Buddy (Jon Hamm), Griff (Jon Bernthal) and Darling (Eiza González). When he falls in love with waitress Deborah (Lily James), he’s just got one last job to do for a slimy crime boss.
The Levelling – 5th March
Student vet Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) returns to the family farm in Somerset for the funeral of her beloved brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore). The ordeal is worsened by the fact she has to face her father Aubrey (David Troughton), who she hasn’t spoken to for years. She arrives to find the farm a flood-wrecked mess…and the suspicion that Charlie’s death wasn’t as simple as it’s been made out.
In This Corner of the World – 7th March
Aspiring young artist Suzu is married and living in the naval port city of Kure not far from Hiroshima. When World War II starts her peaceful existence is threatened as food grows scarce and men close to her are wounded working for the Imperial Japanese Army. When the USAF launches a vicious bombing campaign, things turn for the worse…and then grimmer still as the world enters the nuclear age.
Wonder Woman – 8th March
When an American pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands on her island paradise of Themyscira, supernaturally-gifted Amazonian princess Diana (Gal Gadot) learns that a massive conflict – World War One – is raging in the outside world. She immediately opts to join him and travels to London to contribute her skills to the fight.
City of Tiny Lights – 10th March
Raymond Chandler comes to West London when hard-drinking gumshoe Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) investigates the disappearance of a young prostitute. A series of clues leads him to a hotel where he finds her prospective client – a prominent Pakistani businessman – dead on the bed. Further probing takes Tommy to an Islamic Youth group and things are complicated further still with the arrival of an old flame (Billie Piper). Noirish Brit thriller from director Pete Travis (Dredd).
Cult of Chucky – 11th March
Thirty years on from his first twisted appearance, the diminutive, red-haired devil doll is back out to play. Nica (Fiona Dourif), scarred by her encounter with Chucky that left her family dead, is in a mental asylum where she’s been led to believe that she, not the demonic doll, was responsible for the deaths. Her treatment takes a turn for the worse when her doctor (Michael Therriault) makes a Good Guy Chucky doll the focus of group therapy. Cue Chucky’s chums coming out to play.
It Comes At Night – 17th March
In the aftermath of a deadly plague, a wary couple (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo) and their teenage son (Kelvin Harrison Jr) catch fellow survivor Will (Christopher Abbott) breaking into their house in the woods. In the interests of all, they allow Will and his young family to share their home. But there’s no escape from the fear of what’s outside… and what might already be within. Suspicion and paranoia ooze from every pore of this apocalyptic tale of survival.
Eat Locals – 20th March
In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain’s vampires gather for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. They’re joined by unwitting Essex boy Sebastian Crockett (Billy Cook) who thinks he’s on a promise with Vanessa (Eve Myles). Plus, there’s also a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers who have bitten off more than they can chew. Comedy-horror from actor-director Jason Flemyng.
Despicable Me 3 – 24th March
Reformed baddie Gru (Steve Carell) is back with family in mind and chaos in store in his third madcap, minion-infested misadventure.
The Beguiled – 25th March
Although a world away from Dirty Harry, Thomas Cullinan’s novel about a wounded Civil War soldier who’s taken in by the ladies of a rural Mississippi boarding school was first made in the same year (1971) by the same director (Don Siegel) and star (Clint Eastwood). Shrouded in Sofia Coppola’s trademark gauze, this remake casts Colin Farrell as John McBurney, the Union casualty who finds himself recuperating in the bosom of a Seminary for Young Ladies run by the estimable Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman). Naturally, McBurney’s arrival arouses much interest, especially from teacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and student Carol (Elle Fanning).
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in March 2018:
Transformers: The Last Knight
My Feral Heart
Going In Style
Gadget Gang in Outer Space