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Westworld continues its weekly ride across the TV plains this May, giving you more than enough reason to stay close to your Sky box. If that and new episodes of Legion, Billions, Silicon Valley and Deep State aren’t enough, though, the coming month brings Sky’s next big original production: Patrick Melrose, a dark comedy starring Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s joined by Noel Clarke in new Sky 1 action-packed cop show Bulletproof and a Mad Max-style carmageddon contest, called Carnage.
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, has its own original content lined up, with the premiere of Clive Owen sci-fi Anon on the same day as it hits cinemas. More thrills can be found in the arrival of Atomic Blonde, while scares are provided by Annabelle: Creation. Nothing, though, can be as traumatically nail-biting as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, booming onto Sky’s film catalogue this weekend.
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 May 2018:
Slasher: Guilty Party (Pick, 10pm) – 1st May
A savage American horror story comes new to Pick with the UK premiere of Slasher: Guilty Party. Created by Aaron Martin, who guided Brit babe Katie McGrath (Supergirl) through a grisly vendettastrewn Waterbury in Slasher: The Executioner, the show sees six peppy summer camp counsellors reunite five years after they all did something terrible. Now that terrible thing is at risk of discovery unless they can (re) bury the evidence. Unfortunately for them, the camp is now home to a commune of oddballs who wouldn’t look out of place at a Wicker Man lock-in and it’s the middle of winter. Oh, and someone – or something – knows what they did and isn’t about to let them get away with it. Starring a who’s who of pretty Canadian actors – many of whom were in Degrassi: The Next Generation or Being Erica – Martin’s show is eight episodes of slash-and-run fun.
Mystery of the Lost Paintings (Sky Arts, 8pm) – 2nd May
This captivating documentary series tells the stories of a host of historic paintings that have been tragically lost, stolen or destroyed over the decades and centuries But now these masterpieces are being brought back to life by Factum Arte, an organisation with an international reputation for artistic innovation. Working both with digital and traditional mediums, their team of artists, technicians and conservators will use a wide range of skills to help remake these iconic and diverse canvases.
Siren: Season 1 (Syfy UK, 9pm) – 3rd May
Mermaid drama in which the arrival of a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) proves local folklore about the “mythical” sea people turns out to be all too true.
Carnage: Season 1 (Sky 1, Time TBC) – 6th May
Weaponised cars go bumper to bumper Mad Max-style in this high-octane new Sky original production. It’s all about the last car standing as teams of engineers, mechanics and drivers soup up ordinary cars for almighty duels. From flame-throwers to circular saws, nothing is off limits when it comes to weaponry. But their rivals aren’t their only problems. The three vast arenas in the desert sport a host of hidden perils that only the maddest and baddest will survive. Freddie Flintoff, Lethal Bizzle and Vick Hope host.
Corporate (Comedy Central UK, 10pm) – 9th May
A dark, edgy look at modern corporate life, this new Comedy Central series is created by Jake Weisman, Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop and stars Ingebretson and Weisman as junior executives Jake and Matt, two downtrodden employees who are given the task of firing the member of staff who posted an insensitive tweet.
Patrick Melrose: Season 1 (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) – 13th May
The Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this new Sky original production: a hilarious, and often harrowing, five-part drama based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St Aubyn and adapted by David Nicholls (One Day). The series tracks the life of Patrick Melrose, a privileged, narcissistic and damaged playboy, from his childhood in the south of France, through years of substance abuse in New York, to his ultimate return to Britain.
Bulletproof: Season 1 (Sky 1, 9pm) – 15th May
Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke buddy up as a streetwise cop duo in this blockbuster Sky original production created by Walters, Clarke and Nick Love (The Football Factory). From very different backgrounds, yet bound by the same moral code, Pike and Bishop have got each other’s backs as they chase down London’s bad guys. But their next case is about to change everything as things get personal for Pike and Bishop slams headfirst into a crisis. The action-packed drama also stars Clarke Peters (The Wire).
The Week That Wasn’t: Season 1 (Sky 1, 10pm) – 17th May
The UK’s best impressionists literally put words into the mouths of celebrities, seriously dubbing them up the wrong way. Famous faces find themselves thrown into an alternate week of events that may not have happened but probably should have. Master mimic Alistair McGowan is reunited with Ronni Ancona for the first time since their The Big Impression show. Together with a host of brilliant new impressionists, they mischievously re-voice existing footage.
Master of Photography: Season 3 (Sky Arts, Time TBC) – Date TBC
Master of Photography returns as Sky Arts launches a fresh search for Europe’s best photographer. This unique competition follows 12 people over eight weeks as they travel Europe, capturing the architecture, culture and natural beauty that make each location unique. Joining Oliviero Toscani on the judging panel are curator Mark Sealy MBE and Elisabeth Biondi, visuals editor of The New Yorker, each of whom will test the contestants’ versatility and skill in adapting to a variety of photographic styles.
Elementary: Season 6 (Sky Living, Time TBC) – Date TBC
Back to solve the unsolvable, Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu return as the world’s greatest detective duo in season six of the hit modern reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. We rejoin Sherlock recovering from the events of last season’s explosive finale, as he suffers from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. With both Jonny and Lucy taking turns in the director’s chair, this season will be unmissable for Elementary fans.
Shades of Blue: Season 3 (Sky Living, Time TBC) – Date TBC
Jennifer Lopez returns as the tough and resourceful Brooklyn cop Harlee Santos as the white-knuckle drama returns for a third season. When we last saw Harlee, months of conflict between loyalty to her crew and her own self-preservation finally caught up with her. With Woz’s life hanging in the balance, what will Harlee’s next move be?
Inside Amy Schumer: Seasons 1 to 4 – 1st May
Stand-up superstar Amy Schumer’s Emmy-winning series explores sex, relationships and the tribulations of everyday life with sketches, stand-up comedy and wildly inappropriate woman-on-the-street interviews.
House: Seasons 1 to 8 – 2nd May
At the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, prickly genius Dr Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) channels his inner Sherlock Holmes as he attempts to solve a host of complex medical mysteries, all the while playing mind games with colleagues.
Desperate Housewives: Seasons 1 to 8 – Date TBC
Mixing satire, comedy and mystery, this Emmy-winning drama explores the darker side of suburbia. Here, on Wisteria Lane, homemakers tend their husbands, children and flower beds, while barely suppressing the fears, secrets and anxieties that threaten to destroy their seemingly idyllic lives.
Dunkirk – 4th May
Christopher Nolan’s impeccably composed war film turns gung-ho conflict into survival horror, as British troops on the beach of Dunkirk struggle to stay alive long enough for an unprecedented rescue operation to get them home. Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh star alongside in a harrowing piece of cinema that still booms with dread, even on the small screen.
My Cousin Rachel – 6th May
Young Englishman Philip (Sam Calflin) plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Rachel Weisz), believing that she murdered his guardian. However, his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Anon – 11th May
From Gattaca and In Time director Andrew Niccol comes the latest Sky Cinema Original Film, a sci-fi thriller in a future where privacy and old-fashioned police work are things of the past. Instead, a state-of-the-art surveillance network – known as the Ether – ensures everything anyone says or does can be recalled and played back. Troubled detective Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) is investigating a series of seemingly connected murders when it emerges that the perp has somehow hacked the system and slipped through the cracks. Amanda Seyfried co-stars.
Annabelle: Creation – 12th May
The origins of the possessed doll from The Conjuring emerge in this spine-chilling prequel.
Walking Out – 17th May
City teenager David (Josh Wiggins) embarks on a bonding trip in the Montana wilderness with his estranged father Cal (Matt Bomer), a keen hunter and fan of the great outdoors. As they go further off the snowy grid, they struggle to communicate, until a brutal encounter forces them into a desperate struggle to survive.
Atomic Blonde – 18th May
Charlize Theron gets an attack of Aeon Reflux as MI6 super-spy Lorraine Broughton in this bone-jarring action caper set in 1989 Berlin. When a file exposing every secret agent in the West falls into Russian hands, lethal Lorraine is paired with maverick agent James Percival (James McAvoy) to get it back. But on top of the usual problems with murderous goons, sneaky bosses and double crosses, there are plenty more spanners in the works…
Jungle – 20th May
Daniel Radcliffe plays 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg who, together with two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale, sets off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what is supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon is Austrian expat Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claims to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turns into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men return,
War of the Planet of the Apes – 25th May
Andry Serkis reprises his remarkable motion capture performance as Caesar, as the rebooted Apes franchise returns for a rousing, moving, thrilling final chapter.
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