With the World Cup and Wimbledon in the rear view mirror, the summer of sport may be over, but the arrival of August spells the start of another, equally important contest: the race to watching all the TV shows and movies before they disappear off your favourite subscription streaming service.
Sky’s box set collection is bidding farewell to Legion Season 2, The Gifted Season 1 and True Detective: Season 2. Catching up with Atlanta? You’ve only got a matter of weeks to see Season 1 before it departs too.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is waving goodbye to a diverse array of movies, from Keanu and Queen of Earth to Iron Man 3, Bridesmaids and Kubo and the Two Strings.
Whichever you subscribe to, this coming month is your last chance to stream the following:
Legion: Season 2 – 26th July
Noah Hawley’s X-Men series returns for a mind-bending second season, as we continue to follow David Haller (Dan Stevens), a haunted man with power beyond comprehension. His power does not come free, but at the steep cost of David’s mind. Plagued by numerous split personalities – each commanding a different aspect of his power – David is trying to find his way back to sanity. He was getting tired and about to give up, until he met the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller) in Season 1…
The Gifted: Season 1 – 26th July
A new series set in the X-Men universe, The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
Nathan For You – 29th July
One of the best TV shows you haven’t heard of, this US docu-reality comedy sees comedian Nathan Fielder use his business degree and life experiences to help actual small businesses turn a profit. A sharp-edged satire of commercialism, stuffed with amusingly over-the-top marketing ideas.
Bright Lights – 30th July
This intimate, eye-opening documentary about Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, is a bittersweet tribute to a bittersweet bond between stars that shined brightly until the end.
Inside Amy Schumer: Season 1 to 4 – 31st July
If you’ve never seen Amy Schumer at work, don’t miss your chance to see this comic at the top of her game.
True Detective: Season 2 – 3rd August
Underwhelming or underrated? However you felt about the second season of Nic Pizzolato’s crime anthology, starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, this is your chance to go back and reassess.
Scrubs: Season 1 to 9 – 11th August
Check into the surreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, where the staff and patients are hilarious and bizarre in equal measure This award-winning comedy follows the outlandish, and often touching, journey of medical intern Zach Braff and his fellow doctors, played by Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison and John C McGinley, who attempt to prove that laughter is the best medicine alongside a host of notable guest stars, including Michael J Fox, Tara Reid, Mandy Moore, Courteney Cox, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman and many more.
Atlanta: Season 1 – 12th August
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. Season 2 episodes are also being removed every week, following their broadcast.
Other TV shows leaving in July / August 2018:
The Orville: Season 1
Tom Cruise – Mission: Possible
Big Beasts: Last Of The Giants: Season 1
Million Dollar Baby: Season 1
The Pizza Show: Season 2
Animals: Season 1
Animals: Season 2
American Ninja Warrior: Season 7
A Touch Of Cloth: Season 3
Aquarius: Season 1
The Chase UK: Season 6
Matrioshki: Season 2
The Art Of The Portrait: Season 1
Bottom: Season 3
Game On: Season 1
Dimension 404: Season 1
Eureka Seven: Season 1
Takeshi’s Castle: Season 3
MTV #YouGotGot: Season 1
Tales Of The Unexpected: Season 1 to 9
Corporate: Season 1
Tokyo Ghoul: Season 3
The Making Of The Mob: Season 1
Jersey Shore Family Vacation: Season 1
Wheeler Dealers: Season 14
Gold Divers Special: Season 7
The Good Life: Season 2
Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant: Season 1
Bitten: Season 1
Most Ridiculous: Season 2
The Good Life: Season 3
The Office: Season 2
American Chopper: Season 10
The Armando Iannucci Shows: Season 1
Master Of Photography: Season 3
The Week That Wasn’t: Season 1
Keanu – 27th July
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele head from sketches to feature film with this comedy about two middle-class cousins who impersonate gangsters so they can rescue a kitten.
Queen of Earth – 29th July
Elisabeth Moss is incredible in Alex Ross Perry’s absorbing study of friendship, melancholy and madness.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 31st July
Oh you, pretty Chitty Bang Bang…
Iron Man 3 – 31st July
Marvel’s best film to date proves that superhero blockbusters can still be character-driven dramas – and funny to boot. A witty script, Robert Downey Jr. in full motormouth mode and events taking place at Christmas? It’s no surprise that this is a Shane Black movie.
Jason Bourne – 31st July
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass reunite for another entry in the hard-hitting action franchise.
Bridesmaids – 13th August
Kristen Wiig is the beleaguered head bridesmaid as bedlam breaks out in the run-up to her best friend’s wedding.
Kubo and the Two Strings – 15th August
A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in Kubo and the Two Strings, a moving, visually stunning animation from LAIKA.
Other titles leaving Sky Cinema and NOW TV in July / August 2018:
50 First Dates
A Fistful Of Dollars
Any Which Way You Can
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Hang ‘Em High
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Kill Me Three Times
Kill The King
Last Cab To Darwin
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Sadie’s Last Days On Earth
Ten Thousand Saints
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Tell Me How I Die
Keeping Up with the Joneses
The Book Of Love
The Call Up
The Tiger Hunter