November is a quieter month for Sky and NOW TV subscribers, after an October that saw The Walking Dead stumble dangerously back onto our screens, alongside Get Shorty and all of The CW’s DC superhero shows. But between the return of Russell Howard’s series and Sky One’s answer to Hunted lie several gems, including HBO’s first foreign-language series and Jim Carrey’s reunion with director Michel Gondry. Most timely of all, though, is a new Das Boot series, which arrives as Band of Brothers and The Pacific return as on-demand box sets.
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Sky Cinema, meanwhile, keeps Band of Brothers company with the debut of Darkest Hour, with other big screen treats including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Better Watch Out, Game Night and Mom and Dad.
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Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in November 2018:
The Russell Howard Hour: Season 2 (10pm, Sky One) – 8th November
Extra! Extra! Russell Howard brings his hit show back for a second sideways look at the news. Pull up a chair and join him as he heckles the headlines, mocks the madness of the past week and puts the world to rights with a celeb guest. Each week, he’ll welcome an upcoming star of the comedy scene, too.
The Heist (9pm, Sky One) – 9th November
Someone at Sky One has clearly been watching Channel 4’s Hunted, as 10 people team up to nab a life-changing stash of hard cash in this niftily conceived high-concept reality series. But the heist is just the beginning. They’ll then have to hide their share of the loot from a crack team of determined detectives. If they can hang on to it for two weeks, it’s theirs to keep. But have they got what it takes to beat the law? The chase is on in this Sky original production.
Blindspot: Season 4 (10pm, Sky Witness) – 12th November
Action-packed and filled with twists, Blindspot’s explosive fourth season hits Sky Witness. With the identity of Jane Doe again reset due to the effects of an amnesia-inducing drug, and a former ally now working for the enemy, the stage is set for another twisting season.
My Brilliant Friend (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 19th November
Based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name, HBO’s lushly produced first foreign language miniseries hits Sky Atlantic. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, the story follows the lives of two girls over six decades of their friendship. After receiving a phone call, Elena Greco discovers the most important and significant figure in her life, Raffaella “Lila” Cerullo, has gone missing. Knowing this disappearance has been a long time coming, Elena, now a writer, finally sits down to put the story of their intertwining lives on paper, starting from the 1950s where the two first met at school, in an attempt to describe the mystery of Lila – her brilliant friend, and in a way, worst enemy. The first two episodes air back-to-back on 19th and 20th November.
Das Boot (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 23rd November
A TV sequel to the classic war movie, one of the most acclaimed German films of all time Set in the autumn of 1942, the Allies have cracked the Enigma code, signalling the end of the U-boats’ dominance at sea, and increased levels of resistance in previous safe havens such as La Rochelle has made mainland Europe dangerous and unpredictable. Yet a young U-boat crew continues the war effort, even as the tide increasingly turns against the German war machine. The first two episodes air in a double-bill on 23rd November, with all episodes released at once on-demand.
Kidding (Time TBC, Sky Atlantic) – 29th November
In his first serialised role in over two decades, and his first collaboration with director Michel Gondry since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the inimitable Jim Carrey stars in a new comedy-drama as kids’ TV entertainer Mr Pickles (or Jeff, off screen). He’s an American icon, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to countless young people, and also the face of a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when Jeff’s family begins to implode, he finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope.
True Detective: Season 1 and 2 – 1st November
True Detective tells the stories of troubled cops and the investigations that drive them to the edge. Season one focuses on Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and brooding, Texas-born Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), homicide detectives in Louisiana who are forced to relive a macabre 1995 murder case 17 years later when new information comes to light. Season two introduces a new case and a new cast as a bizarre murder investigation brings together three law enforcement officers (played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn).
9-1-1: Season 1 – 1st November
Described as “adrenaline-rush TV” by New York Magazine, 9-1-1 is a fast-paced procedural drama from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck (Glee) and Tim Minear (American Horror
Story) that follows the high-pressure lives of first responders. Oscar® nominee Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It?) stars as LAPD officer Athena Grant, who, alongside firefighter Bobby Nash (Peter Kraus, Six Feet Under) and 911 operator Abby Clark (Connie Britton, Nashville), is thrust into unpredictable, intense and uplifting situations. It’s life-and-death drama at its most exciting.
Band of Brothers – 5th November
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s multi-award-winning war epic traces the fate of Easy Company across Europe during World War II, from the battle of Arnhem and the battle of the Bulge to the liberation of the death camps and the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideaway. Starring Damian Lewis (Billions), James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek Beyond), Band of Brothers is truly landmark TV that takes a sharply focused look at the terror, tension and tragedy of battle.
The Pacific: Season 1 – 5th November
Following the incredible success of Band of Brothers, producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman returned to action with The Pacific in 2010, tracking the
intertwined real-life stories of three US Marines across the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Over 10 engrossing episodes we follow these men and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, through the rainforests of Cape Gloucester and the strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima and through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.
Nashville: Seasons 1 to 6 – Date TBC
See every episode of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated US drama. Set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene, Nashville follows the rivalry between fading country music legend Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and rising star Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Aside from the pressures of the music business, Rayna’s marriage begins to suffer when her husband runs for mayor, while Juliette struggles to clean up her bad-girl image and deal with her drug addicted mother. It’s a lot to ask but they’re out to prove a country girl can survive.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 2nd November
Frances McDormand delivers an awards-sweeping tour-de-force as a grieving mother desperate to wrench justice out of a failing police force.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower – 3rd November
Bored youngster Mary (Ruby Barnhill) is staying with her great-aunt before starting school when she ventures into woods and discovers a mysterious, glowing blue flower and an old broomstick. She is suddenly whisked off to a city in the sky, where Madam Mumblechook (Kate Winslet) presides over the Endor College of Magic along with the mysterious Doctor Dee (Jim Broadbent). But are they are benign as they appear.
Darkest Hour – 9th November
An Oscar®-winning Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill, the cigar-chomping, whisky-swilling eccentric handed the poisoned chalice of power with Hitler on the march and Europe on the brink of collapse.
Better Watch Out – 10th November
Precocious 12-year-old Lukas (Levi Miller) is harbouring ludicrously high expectations of an evening in the care of teenage babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). After sneaking some fizz, he launches his seduction…and her shocked reaction is exactly what you might expect. However, the subsequent awkward standoff is interrupted by mystery phone calls, signs of disturbance and a clear threat of menace.
Game Night – 16th November
The laughs come thick and fast in this playful black comedy. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (writers of Horrible Bosses and directors of Vacation) pull the strings, while Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams impress as ultra-competitive couple Max and Annie, whose weekly game night spirals dangerously out of control.
Mom and Dad – 17th November
Doting dad Brent Ryan (Nicolas Cage) and his wife Kendall (Selma Blair) become infanticidal predators when mass hysteria causes parents to turn on their own kids. Their targets are mobile phone-obsessed teenage daughter Carly (Anne Winters) and her brattish little brother Joshua (Zackary Arthur). Crank director Brian Taylor ramps up the black “parents do the craziest things” humour.
120 BPM – 28th November
In 1990s Paris, the direct action group Act Up embark on a more radical protest against the ineffectual response of Francois Mitterand’s government to the darkening Aids crisis. Also in their sights are the French drug companies who refused to expedite potential breakthrough treatments. Seen through the eyes of individual protesters, director Robin Campillo (The Class) packs a hefty punch.
Lady Bird – 30th November
Greta Gerwig finds profound universality in everyday specifics with this heartfelt coming-of-age gem starring Saoirse Ronan.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema and NOW TV in November 2018:
Honey: Rise Up and Dance
A Christmas Cruise
The Nile Hilton Incident
Waiting For You
A Bramble House Christmas
Let The Sunshine In
The Christmas Cottage
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games
Against The Wild: The Great Elephant Adventure
The Christmas Contract