What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW in August 2021?
James R | On 30, Jul 2021
With summer in full swing, Sky is doing its best to keeping people thinking about staying indoors. That means the return of Don Cheadle in Black Monday, the arrival of Queen Latifah in a reboot of The Equalizer and the premiere of darkly funny satire The White Lotus – plus a third outing for the bonkers historical Britannia. For more information on the latest Sky TV packages and pricing, click here.
Don’t have Sky? You can also stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £9.99 a month for an Entertainment Membership.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, serves up some big movies from the past year, including Wonder Woman 1984, Willy’s Wonderland, Tom & Jerry: The Movie, Synchronic, The Kid Detective and Sky original family film Extinct. For more information on getting Sky Cinema, click here.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can also stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW, for £11.99 a month.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky and NOW in August 2021. (Bookmark this page as we continue to confirm release dates with Sky.)
Kipchoge: The Last Milestone (9pm, Sky Documentaries – 1st August
On a misty morning in Vienna in October 2019, Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge struck down the finishing tape as well as “the last barrier of modern athletics” by running a marathon in under two hours. Upending the barriers of human endurance, Kipchoge made history that day. With unprecedented access to Kipchoge himself and those closest to him, Kipchoge: The Last Milestone follows his record-shattering feat to become the first person in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon and his eventual Olympic gold medal triumph.
David Attenborough’s Global Adventure: Part 3 (8pm, Sky Nature) – 1st August
When David Attenborough was in his mid-eighties, many thought he had retired. Instead, over the next seven years he embarked on a new era of natural history film making, re-visiting iconic locations and using advanced technologies to share a new perspective on the natural world. In David Attenborough’s Global Adventure, we travel with Attenborough on a global journey across rainforests, deserts, and oceans, exploring how the animal kingdom has taken advantage of the perfect conditions on our home planet – a place like no other in the universe. From the explosion of first life on ancient sea beds hundreds of millions of years ago, to the giants of the ocean and human dominance and exploration, we witness Attenborough’s personal aspirations from boyhood fossil hunter to modern day explorer.
Obki (Sky Kids) – 2nd August
Meet Obki, an alien who has come to Earth to learn about how small changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving the planet.
The Equalizer: Season 1 (9pm, Sky Witness) – 3rd August
Queen Latifah stars in this reboot of the classic 1980s crime drama of the same name. Latifah plays Robyn McCall, an enigmatic former CIA operative who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall comes across to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is “The Equalizer” – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.As McCall acclimates to civilian life, she is compelled to use her considerable resources to help Jewel, a teenager accused of murder and on the run from the criminals who framed her for the crime. Episodes arrive weekly.
Black Monday: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 3rd August
With the financial world in their cocaine covered rearview mirror, everyone’s favourite do-badders face an existential question – what’s a player to do when their balls have been taken away? The answer… change the game. And while there may be dark clouds on the horizon, this posse always comes to reign.
Alone (10pm, Sky History) – 5th August
In a bold test of endurance, ten survivalists will enter the wilderness with only a small backpack and one mission that unites them all – to stay alive for as long as they can.
Southern Journey (Revisited) (9pm, Sky Arts) – 7th August
Exploring the truths behind the stereotypes of the Southern USA, Southern Journey (Revisited) is both a music documentary and a road movie. Set against the incendiary backdrop of the 2018 mid-term elections, and accompanied by a glorious soundtrack of blues and bluegrass, hollers and spirituals, the film retraces the route of an iconic song collecting trip from the late 1950s – Alan Lomax’s so-called “Southern Journey”.
Dragons: Rescue Riders (Sky Kids) – 7th August
Follow twins Dak and Layla, who were raised by dragons, in this animated spin-off from How to Train Your Dragon.
The Disappearance of the Millbrook Twins (9pm, Sky Crime) – 8th August
In 1990, twin sisters Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook disappeared in a small town in Georgia when they were fifteen years old. At the time, law enforcement dismissed the girls as runaways and their case was subsequently closed in 1991. Thirty years later, former prosecutor Laura Coates and retired detective Page Reynolds examine the case in the search for justice.
Baboons: Rules of the Troop (8pm, Sky Nature) – 8th August
Across Africa, we follow four families of four different species of Baboons who have conquered deserts, coasts, savannah and mountains, adapting to meet the challenges of their environment along the way.
Britain’s Most Evil Killers: Season 6 (9pm, Sky Crime) – 10th August
Britain’s Most Evil Killers returns to burrow deep into the real-life stories behind Britain’s most shocking and terrifying killers. In the first of the new series, we examine the abduction and murder of 15-year-old Essex schoolgirl, Danielle Jones, which left the nation shocked in 2001.
Killer In My Village (9pm, Sky Crime) – 11th August
Killer In My Village returns for a fifth series, shedding light on the despicable crimes that have taken place in Britain’s towns and villages.
Curse of Skinwalker Ranch (9pm, Sky History) – 11th August
Dr Travis Taylor will join real estate tycoon and ranch owner Brandon Fugal, along with his team of scientists and researchers on Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch to unlock the world’s most notorious centre for so-called High Strangeness Phenomena.
Flatbush Misdemeanours: Season 1 (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 12th August
Rising comedians Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso star fictionalised versions of themselves in this new comedy series set in Flatbush, Brooklyn, as neighbourhood best friends and urban millennials hilariously climbing the ladder to nowhere, but still finding little wins through tackling hipsters, race, mental health issues, and the rising tide of gentrification. Albeit in a laid back sort of way.
The Murder of Halee Rathgeber (9pm, Sky Crime) – 13th August
In a quiet town on the outskirts of Indiana, the body of 20-year-old nursing student Halee Rathgeber was dumped in gravel by the local football grounds. She had been shot in the head and investigators worked quickly and tirelessly to find her killer Isaiah Hagan just days later. With unprecedented access to Halee’s mother, we unravel Halee’s sickening murder from the moment she went missing to Isaiah’s conviction.
Suggs: My Life Story (9pm, Sky Arts) – 14th August
Is it a Drama? A Comedy? Or Music Hall dream? Director Julien Temple (The Great Rock n Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners) takes a stage show, adds some drama, archive, animation and music, then shakes it all up for this hilarious, yet moving, look back at the life of Madness frontman Suggs in music and words.
The Clown & The Candyman (9pm, Sky Crime) – 15th August
When Dean Corll is shot dead by one of his teen accomplices, a dark secret world begins to unravel which leads Houston police to uncover the bodies of 28 boys in three mass graves.
The White Lotus (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 16th August
With an ensemble cast including Murray Barlett (Looking), Connie Britton, (Nashville), Jennifer Coolidge (2 Broke Girls), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Steve Zahn (Treme), The White Lotus is social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort. The six-part series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s cheerful employees, and the idyllic locale itself.
A League Of Their Own: Season 16 (9pm, Sky One) – 19th August
The gang is back to celebrate this huge year for sport, with Jamie Redknapp, Freddy Flintoff and new host Romesh Ranganathan joined by a bevy of special guests from the world of sport, comedy and television, including Jamie Vardy, Denise Lewis and Micah Richards.
The Story of Late Night (9pm, Sky Documentaries) – 19th August
Carson, Leno, Letterman – legendary hosts that have revolutionised late-night television. Through turbulence and turmoil, they’ve kept America laughing. But it hasn’t all been so jolly. From secret deals to broken promises – over six parts we’ll see that some of the most dramatic stories were the ones that didn’t play out in front of the cameras.
Eric Clapton: Live in San Diego (9pm, Sky Arts) – 20th August
On March 15, 2007, Eric Clapton’s world tour stopped at San Diego’s iPayOne Center. The band line-up for the tour continues to be a firm fan-favourite, with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on keyboards, Willie Weeks on bass, Steve Jordan on drums and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.
The Disappearance of Katherine Heckel (9pm, Sky Crime) – 20th August
In the summer of 1991, Katherine Heckel, a mother of two in Pennsylvania, disappeared and it would take 23 years for her killer to be charged.
The Wimbledon Kidnapping (Sky Documentaries) – 21st August
Britain’s first kidnap and ransom case galvanised the nation in 1969. For the first time, one of the men convicted in this astonishing crime story tells their account. In leafy, suburban Wimbledon Muriel McKay was kidnapped by mistake, the real target being the wife of media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch. In an era that signalled the phenomenon of tabloid press, McKay’s mysterious disappearance confounded the police, Fleet Street and hundreds of clairvoyants in their search for the respectable 55-year-old housewife. Taking place in the last days of the 1960s – a decade defined by the potency of tabloid press, the arrival of the Windrush generation and challenges to the established social order – two Indo-Trinidadian brothers were convicted of Muriel McKay’s murder. Fifty years on, the search for the truth continues and we examine an extraordinary case that permeated the foundations of change in British society.
Britannia: Season 3 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 24th August
In a world of mythic Celtic tribes, psychedelic druids and terrifying Romans, a young girl builds a rebel alliance with a group of misfits in the third series of Jez Butterworth’s anarchic drama. There’s a radical transformation in Cait’s journey as the Chosen One, with a decision that will tie her to the future of her war-torn people and their ravaged land. Roman General Aulus comes under pressure from a new and dark force – otherwise known as his wife, whilst Cantii Queen Amena finds herself in a lethal ménage à trois with both of them. The druid Divis gets a new job which he despises, and Veran goes to the underworld and sees the future. All eight episodes arrive at once.
Escobar by Escobar (9pm, Sky Documentaries) – 6th August
On 2nd December 1993, the story of Pablo Escobar ended. For his son Juan Pablo Escobar, it just started. In merely a few seconds, the sole heir to the biggest drug dealer in history became the next man to kill. On everyone’s hit list, Juan Pablo inherited thirty billion dollars from his father. Shedding light on the aftermath of Escobar’s death and the consequences on the lives of his close ones, Escobar by Escobar takes a look at the legacy of the cursed Escobar empire.
The Disappearance of William Tyrrell (Sky Documentaries) – Date TBC
In September 2014, Frank Abbott heard a boy’s scream coming from an area of bushland in Australia’s New South Wales. The scream was believed to be from three-year-old William Tyrrell who vanished from his foster grandparents’ home whilst out playing on the September morning in 2014. Since then, no trace of him has ever been found and no person has ever been charged. We unravel William Tyrrell’s case and unpack an investigation that remains one of the most extensive and exhaustive by the New South Wales Police Force to date.
Great White – 1st August
A blissful tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface.
Paddington – 6th August
A charming, funny film that embraces everyone in the audience, regardless of age or origin.
The Dry – 6th August
Eric Bana stars in this adaptation of Jane Harper’s 2016 international bestseller. Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon.
The Last Shift – 8th August
Stanley (Richard Jenkins), is an aging fast-food worker who plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar’s Chicken and Fish. His last weekend takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. As the long overnight shift progresses, a flicker of comradery sparks between them.
The Kid Detective – 13th August
A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. But a naive client brings him a chance for redemption in his first adult case – to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.
Synchronic – 14th August
From breakout genre filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless) comes a mind-bending, haunting sci-fi starring Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades of Grey franchise) and Anthony Mackie (The Avengers franchise, Detroit). When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve and Dennis are called to a series of bizarre and gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to a mysterious new drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’ oldest daughter disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality.
Extinct – 20th August
Get ready for a hole new adventure. Meet chalk and cheese siblings Op (Rachel Bloom) and Ed (Adam Devine). These little critters are Flummels – cute, furry donut-shaped animals who live on an island in the Galapagos in 1835. Ed, a grumpy pessimist, desperately wants to fit in with the community while Op, overly exuberant, constantly creates havoc that makes them outsiders. When they accidentally time travel to modern day Shanhai, they discover traffic, trans fats, and worst of all, that flummels are now extinct. It’s up to this bumbling pair to save themselves and their species… and, just maybe, change the course of history.
Wonder Woman 1984 – 27th August
Gal Gadot returns as DC’s legendary hero in this vibrant super sequel.
Tom & Jerry: The Movie (2021) – 28th August
Michael Pena and Chloe Grace Moretz star in this adaptation of the hit cartoon, mixing live action with iconic animation to explore the cat and mouse’s origins.
Dreamland – 29th August
Eugene Evans (Finn Cole) dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers a wounded, fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Margot Robbie) hiding closer than he could ever imagine. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, nothing is as it seems, and Eugene must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of everyone he’s ever loved.
Other films coming soon to Sky Cinema in August 2021
The Winter Lake
Two by Two: Overboard
Two by Two Overboard
We Still Say Grace
The Short History of the Long Road
Me, You, Madness
Run Hide Fight
Space Dogs: Return to Earth
The Craft: Legacy
The True Adventures of Wolfboy
Once Upon a River
The Eight Hundred
Norm of the North: Family Vacation
Me, Myself and Di