What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW in December 2021?
James R | On 29, Nov 2021
With Christmas only weeks away, Sky is unwrapping multiple treats, from the return of Sex and the City and a new drama starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis to a host of Christmas family offerings – and the weekly rollout Succession, Dexter: New Blood and Grey’s Anatomy.
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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 the biggest films of the past year, including Godzilla vs Kong, In the Heights, The Suicide Squad and Another Round. 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 December 2021. (Bookmark this page as we continue to confirm release dates with Sky.)
Positive (9pm, Sky Documentaries) – 1st December
Premiering on World AIDS Day, Positive is a three-part series that uses intimate testimony from some of the earliest HIV patients and real-life heroes to tell the tragedies and triumphs of Britain’s 40-year battle with HIV.
Christmas Crackers (Sky Kids) – 1st December
This compilation, aimed at older kids, features Tom Gates, Draw With Will, MC Grammar “Sing Merry Christmas”, and a cut down of the best songs from A Merry KIDZBOP Christmas. All packaged together with some very special animated fun idents featuring cute Christmas characters including Reindeer, Santa, Elves and Robins.
Dettori: Show Me How Good You Are (9pm, Sky Documentaries) – 4th December
Frankie Dettori is the rock-star of horseracing and one of the most decorated sportsmen of all time. Winner of over 3000 races, and fondly seen as the happiest man on the circuit, Dettori has led a seemingly charmed life. But his true story is one of titanic struggle, transformation and renewal that has seen Dettori emerge with his inimitable charisma, determination and trademark mega-watt smile.
A Merry Kidzbop Christmas (Sky Kids) – 5th December
It’s time to get the Christmas party started! Join special guests MC Grammar from Wonder Raps and Will Sliney from Draw With Will and members Sadie, Toby, Tafari and Chanel along with all your favourites for a special Christmas edition packed with family friendly versions of the latest and greatest smash hits. Turn up the volume and get ready to sing and dance along to some Christmas bangers.
Yellowjackets: Season 1 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 2nd December
Melanie Lynskey and Christina Ricci star in Showtime’s drama about a team of talented high-school girls soccer players who survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness.
Chucky: Season 1 (9pm, Sky Max) – 3rd December
NBC brings the Chucky franchise to the small screen with this new series based around the familiar premise of a childhood doll with a killer side.
Landscapers (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 7th December
An exhilarating and darkly funny exploration of love and fantasy starring Olivia Colman and David Thewlis. Mild-mannered husband and wife Susan (Colman) and Christopher Edwards (Thewlis) have been on the run from reality for over 15 years. When Christopher makes a startling call home to his stepmother, their role in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade begins to emerge into the light.
And Just Like That: Season 1 – 9th December
The new chapter of the iconic series, from executive producer Michael Patrick King, will run for 10 episodes and follow Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.
Gomorrah: Season 5 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 18th December
The stage is set for the grand finale for one of Italy’s most acclaimed and celebrated dramas ever. The clash between the Levantes and Patrizia has left Naples in a pile of rubble, forcing Genny to give up his dream of normality and to return to action. But with the police hot on his heels, he is forced into hiding. Now his only ally is ‘O Maestrale, the mysterious crime boss of Ponticelli, an eastern district of Naples. War is imminent, and his enemies are fierce. But Genny is about to make a sensational discovery: Ciro Di Marzio is alive. And for Genny nothing will ever be the same again.
A League of Their Own Christmas Party (9pm, Sky Max) – 13th December
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the A League Of Their Own boys getting together for some festive fun.
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special (9pm, Sky Max) – 15th December
Is that sweet singing in the choir we hear? No, it’s the raucous cacophony of the Buzzcocks team murdering another classic in the Intros Round.
There’s Something About Christmas Movies (8pm, Sky Max) – 16th December
Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Die Hard… What’s better than a Christmas movie? How about Alan Carr directing a panel of famous faces to recreate them? Poorly. That’s right, the movie-based panel show is back for a festive special full of fascinating film trivia and hilarious spoofs with team captains Michael Sheen, Jennifer Saunders and series regular Tom Allen joined by guests James Acaster, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Susan Wokoma.
The Russell Howard Hour Christmas Special (11.30pm, Sky Max) – 22nd December
Russell Howard presents a special Christmas edition of his topical comedy show. Along with some very special guests, Russell takes a look back at the year that tried to out-crazy the madness that was 2020.
After Ever After: Hansel & Gretel (8pm, Sky Max) – 23rd December
David Walliams presents the third of his festive fairy tale specials, this time continuing the Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel. Walliams, along with Sheridan Smith and Mark Addy pick up the story after the eponymous siblings have escaped the witch’s gingerbread house – only to be dismayed to learn that their village – their family included – is being enchanted by a mysterious stranger plying them with sweet treats. But didn’t the witch get roasted at 180°C for twenty minutes per pound? Determined to set things right, it’s up to Hansel and Gretel to face their worst fears and return to the witch’s house for a final showdown.
The Amazing Mr Blunden (7pm, Sky Max) – 24th December
Christmas adventure arrives for London teenagers Jamie and Lucy Allen in the form of a mysterious old man, Mr Blunden (played by Simon Callow), who offers their mum the opportunity to become the caretaker of a ruined country house – one that’s said to be haunted. Within its neglected, overgrown grounds, Jamie and Lucy have an encounter with what appears to be a pair of ghost children. But these spooky kids, Sara and Georgie, aren’t actually ghosts. They’ve travelled forwards in time to seek help, believing they’re going to be murdered by the wicked Mr and Mrs Wickens (Mark Gatiss and Tamsin Grieg) and Lucy and Jamie’s strange visitor seems to be the key to it all. With his help, they must travel back to 1821 to save Sara and Georgie and redeem their remorseful new friend – the Amazing Mr Blunden.
Rob & Romesh Vs Xmas Special (1am/8.30pm, Sky Max) – 25th December
Best friends Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan take another dive into the unknown in this festive edition of their fantastic non-scripted comedy series.
Dating No Filter Christmas Special (10pm, Sky Max) – 21st December
We all know Christmas is a time for sharing. But would you share every awkward moment of a first date with a selection of Britain’s sharpest comics? Enter a new collection of brave young singletons as they step precariously into the minefield that is a blind date, while a panel of comedians provide the play-by-play.
Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye (8pm, Sky Max) – 21st December
The stylish village sleuth makes her return for a special Christmas mystery. During the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by two things – the looming festivities, and her ex, James Lacey. In order to drive the latter from her thoughts, Agatha concentrates on planning the perfect Christmas for her friends. But when there’s a poisoning in the village, it’s down to Agatha to solve the case before the 25th rolls around.
Rumpelstilzchen (9pm, Sky Arts) – Date TBC
A Sky Original from BalletBoyz, directed and produced by International Emmy® Award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt with theatre and opera director Richard Jones. The fable is brought to life for the screen with an all-star cast including Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous) in the title role, alongside Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education) and John Marquez (Doc Martin).
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Sky Documentaries) – Date TBC
Filmmaker Oliver Stone takes viewers on a journey though recently declassified evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy – the most consequential American murder mystery of the twentieth century.
The Sleepwalker (Sky Crime) – Date TBC
In a new spin on the true-crime genre, Sky Original series The Sleepwalker flips the traditional thriller narrative to explore a deeper and more troubling mystery – did a remorseful Randy Herman Jr. really commit a brutal murder in his sleep, or was it a convenient cover story?
Harry Potter – 1st December
Don’t miss the chance to binge your way through the whole franchise.
Godzilla vs Kong – 3rd December
The epic next chapter in the cinematic monster-verse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong, with the fate of humanity at stake.
8-Bit Christmas – 4th December
It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle wants for Christmas is a Nintendo Entertainment System. But when a hyperactive Shih Tzu is accidentally crushed to death by a 42-inch television set and every parent in town blames Nintendo, it’s up to Jake to take matters into his own hands.
A Christmas Number One – 10th December
Fresh from a breakup with the world’s hottest popstar, music manager Meg Rai (Frieda Pinto) leaves New York for London to manage a boyband, Five Together, who are desperate for a Christmas hit after their latest self-written album flopped. Meanwhile, Blake Cutter (Iwan Rheon), persuaded by his Christmas obsessive and terminally ill niece, Nina Cutter (Helena Zengel), puts his thrash metal band, Scurve, to one side to write Nina the ultimate Christmas song. When Meg discovers the hit in the making, will this be the Christmas number one the boy band desperately needs or will Blake, the song, and Nina show Meg what truly matters?
Another Round – 12th December
There is an obscure philosophical theory that humans should have been born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood; that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing problems and increasing creativity. Intrigued, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on a risky experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. Initial results are positive, but as the units are knocked back and stakes are raised, it becomes increasingly clear that some bold acts carry severe consequences.
In the Heights – 17th December
The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians unite for a feel-good musical extravaganza, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big. In Washington Heights the scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. Fusing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling this is a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.
Last Train to Christmas – 18th December
Starring Michael Sheen (Good Omens, The Queen, Quiz) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Fast & Furious 7), this Sky Original film follows Tony Towers (Michael Sheen) as he takes a trip of a lifetime. It’s 1985 and he’s a successful nightclub manager, a local celebrity and engaged to a much younger woman, Sue (Nathalie Emmanuel). Things are going great. But when Tony, Sue and his brother Roger (Cary Elwes) – with whom he enjoys a strained relationship – embark upon the 3:17 to Nottingham for a Christmas family reunion, things get a little strange. Moving up a carriage to the buffet car lands him in 1995, where he finds his clubs have failed and his life has fallen apart. Tony discovers that by moving up and down this fateful train, he can transport himself forward and backward to various stages of his life. Not only that, but the actions he takes in one carriage directly affect his life in the next. The question is, can Tony change his life – and the lives of the people he loves – for the better, or will he just make things worse?
Fatman – 24th December
To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.
Peter Rabbit 2 – 25th December
With their past animosity behind them, Bea and Thomas are now married and living in harmony with the rabbits as a makeshift family. But despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
The Suicide Squad – 26th December
If a job needs doing, don’t send in the best… Send in the baddest. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn presents an adventure in anarchy as some of the DC Universe’s most violent and unpredictable anti-heroes assemble to take on a near-impossible mission. The rag tag team of expendable cons, including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), and everyone’s favourite psycho, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are dropped (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese on a lethal search and destroy mission.
Other films coming soon to Sky Cinema in December
Sound of Violence
Christmas at Cattle Hill
No Man of God
The Champion of Auschwitz
The Stand In
Hide and Seek
The Obscure Life of the Grand Old Duke of Corsica
Think Like a Dog
Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal