June means the World Cup for many, but while the summer of sport may be kicking off in dramatic style, there’s still more than enough drama to enjoy in Sky’s box set collection alone. The catch? There’s not enough time to enjoy it all in, as gems such as Billions, Big Little Lies and Agent Carter are all given the red card this month.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is waving goodbye to a diverse array of movies, from Star Trek Beyond and Desierto to Love Actually.
Not a Sky customer? You can get access to both Sky Box Sets and Sky Cinema through contract-free streaming service NOW TV, which costs £7.99 a month (for an Entertainment Pass, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, SYFY, FOX UK and more), or £9.99 a month for the whole Sky Cinema catalogue.
Whichever you subscribe to, this coming month is your last chance to stream the following:
Big Little Lies: Season 1 – 24th June
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon star in HBO’s excellent miniseries about three mothers whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Written by David E. Kelley and directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée, this is a gripping showcase for four complex female characters.
Wolf Creek: Season 1 – 28th June
Based on the hit film series, murdering psychopath Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) returns to wreak havoc in Wolf Creek – except this time things are different: this time the victim fights back. Mick chooses a family on vacation in Northern Australia to terrorize and destroy, but that is merely the inciting incident to a much larger story.
Arrow: Season 6 – 30th June
Don’t miss your chance to catch up with the latest escapades of Oliver Queen, as he brings justice to the streets of Star City.
Urban Myths: Season 2 – 30th June
Sky’s original comedy anthology takes tall true tales and dramatises them with a wry sense of humour. Where else can you see Gemma Arterton as Marilyn Monroe, David Suchet as Salvador Dali or Noel Fielding as Alice Cooper?
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1 and 2 – 2nd July
Catch up with one of Marvel’s best small-screen outings with this Captain American spin-off that sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter.
High Maintenance: Season 1 – 4th July
High Maintenance, the wonderful web series about a pot dealer on his rounds, gets six full half-hour episodes courtesy of HBO, continuing to portray a compelling tableau of human lives in Brooklyn.
Girls: Season 1 to 6 – 5th July
Lena Dunham’s funny, insightful drama follows the attempts of twenty-somethings Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa to make sense of life. And eat lots of food.
Patrick Melrose: Season 1 – 10th July
Benedict Cumberbatch is on superb form in this moving funny, disturbing drama based on the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, as we chart a lifetime of trauma, addiction and abuse in all its forms.
Barry: Season 1 – 13th July
Ever get tired of doing the same thing, day in, day out? Do you dream of giving it all up to start anew? If so, you’re in the same boat as Barry. But you might not want to be, given that he’s a hitman. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) stars in this dark comedy as the man turning numb from the repetitive nature of whacking marks. But after he pursues one target into a theatre class in LA, Barry gets the acting bug. Can he really cut his criminal ties and pursue this exciting new opportunity? Or perhaps he can meet both halfway?
Billions: Season 1 – 14th July
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. That’s all you need to know about Showtime’s superb thriller, which is set in the ego-driven world of New York high finance. Lewis plays billionaire hedge fund kingpin Bobby Axe Axelrod, alongside Giamatti who plays Chuck Rhoades, the tenacious U.S attorney who tries to take him down. The gripping drama sparks to life as the two actors go head-to-head, setting up a thrilling game of cat and mouse.
Futurama: Season 1 and 2 – 14th July
“Welcome… to the world of tomorrow!”
Silicon Valley: Season 5 – 22nd July
Don’t miss your chance to catch up with the latest season in Mike Judge’s topical, amusing Silicon Valley sitcom.
Supergirl: Season 3 – 27th July
The CW’s third run for Superman’s cousin soars to fantastic heights, as Kara-El finds a true match in a powerful new foe.
Other TV shows leaving in June / July 2018:
Vinyl: Season 1
Invisible Killers: Season 1
Revolution: Season 1
Bullseye: Season 3 to 5
Blindspot: Season 3
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks: Season 2
Deep State: Extras: Season 1
Your Face or Mine: Season 3
Elementary: Season 1 to 5
The Blacklist: Season 5
The Young Ones: Season 2
The Flash: Season 4
Discovering: Robert Duvall: Season 8
Animals: Season 2
Criminal Minds: Season 1 to 12
Street Outlaws: Memphis: Season 1
Grey’s Anatomy: Season 14
Occupied: Season 2
Big Bad World: Season 1
Art of Survival: Season 1
Buster Keaton In…: Season 1
Crashing: Season 1
Criminal Minds: Killer Women: Season 1 to 12
Discovering: Maureen O’Hara: Season 4
South Park: Season 14 and 15
Tesla’s Death Ray: A Murder Declass: Season 1
The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season 1
Grouchy Young Men: Season 1 and 2
Hard: Season 3
Harrow: A Very British School: Season 1
Parkinson: Masterclass: Season 2
Southern Rites: Season 1
I Live With Models: Season 1 and 2
Brotherhood: Season 1
Comedy Central At The Comedy Store: Season 3 to 4
Awkward: Season 5
Russell Howard & Mum: Season 1
Seann Walsh World: Season 1
South Park: Season 13
Six Feet Under: Season 1 to 5
Threesome: Season 2
Treasure Houses Of Britain: Season 1
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 to 4
Inside the Vatican’s Vault: Season 1
Twin Turbos: Season 1
Madam Secretary: Season 4
Beckham vs Bale: Head to Head: Season 1
Football Godfathers: Season 1
Inside the Aryan Brotherhood: Season 1
Bob’s Burgers: Season 8
Carnage: Season 1
MacGyver: Season 2
TripTank: Season 2
Trollied: Season 1
High Maintenance: Season 2
Devonport: Inside The Royal Navy: Season 1
Cooks To Market: Season 1
Star Trek Beyond – 20th June
Funny, fast and fondly old-fashioned, Beyond feels more like an episode of Star Trek than a blockbuster – and it’s all the better for it.
The Shallows – 29th June
Jaume Collet-Serra’s movie about Blake Lively battling becoming a giant, angry shark’s next meal is a surprisingly effective survival horror.
Desierto – 30th June
After co-writing Gravity, Jonas Cuaron brings us back down to Earth with a loud bump with Desierto, a thriller film about Mexicans trying to survive being hunted down on the US border. A pro-imigration anti-western, it’s viscerally exciting and pulsatingly political.
Iona – 30th June
Ruth Negga is on fine form in this stark, yet nuanced drama about a girl’s homecoming on the titular island.
The Hustler – 30th June
Small-time pool hustler Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) ends up broke following a marathon game against the great Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Picked up by a cut-throat manager (Geroge C Scott), Eddie faces losing his soul… and his girlfriend (Piper Laurie). A thrilling examination of the self-destructive world of sportsmen with a stunning performance by Newman.
Love Actually – 3rd July
No, you’re crying while watching Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy for the 20th time.
Things to Come – 6th July
After a streak of films (Eden and Goodbye First Love) largely concerned with the notion of faded youth and lost loves, Things to Come sees French director Mia Hansen-Løve take a noticeable shift, as we see Isabelle Huppert play a philosophy teacher trying to assess where her life goes in the future, after the sudden departure of her husband of 25 years.
Pete’s Dragon (2016) – 4th July
Old wood carver Mr Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these are just stories until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. Charming family entertainment.
Other titles leaving Sky Cinema and NOW TV in June / July 2018:
Valley of Love
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
The Conjuring 2
An Eskimo Tale
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut
Central Intelligence – Extended Edition
The Brand New Testament
An Affair To Remember
Anna And The King Of Siam
Behind Enemy Lines
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Breaking The Bank
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Frankie & Alice
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Great Expectations (1998)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
How Green Was My Valley
How to Marry a Millionaire
I’ll See You in My Dreams
ID2: Shadwell Army
Kill Zone 2
Laid In America
Let’s Be Evil
License to Drive
Me and Kaminski
Michael Jackson’s This Is It
One Hour Photo
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
St. Elmo’s Fire
The Atticus Institute
The Dead Pool
The Grapes Of Wrath
The Hollow Point
The Last Dance
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Legend Of Bagger Vance
The Longest Day
The Remains Of The Day
The Stanford Prison Experiment
The War Of The Roses
White Men Can’t Jump
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Zorba The Greek