What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW in October 2021?
James R | On 01, Oct 2021
October means one thing for many TV fans: the return of Succession, with Season 3 finally making its debut on Sky Atlantic. It’s joined by a host of star-studded US shows, including Scenes from a Marriage, Insecure and Curb Your Enthusiasm, not to mention the return of SNL, but Sky’s got an equally impressive line-up of homegrown telly on offer, from the return of Brassic and Temple to the political disaster thriller Cobra.
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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 one of the highest profile movies of the past year, including Judas and the Black Messiah, Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move and The Little Things. 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 October 2021. (Bookmark this page as we continue to confirm release dates with Sky.)
Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (Sky Documentaries, 9pm) – 1st October
Over three parts, Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama and forms a portrait of America under its first Black president.
Saturday Night Live: Season 47 (Sky Comedy, 9pm) – 3rd October
The Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, enters its 47th season for another year of laughs, surprises and great performances. In the UK, episodes arrive weekly on Sunday nights.
The Bambers: Murder at the Farm: Part 2 (Sky Crime, 9pm) – 3rd October
The trial of Jeremy Bamber is the biggest Essex has ever seen. Jeremy’s defence is that his sister, Sheila, had a history of severe mental health problems and that she was more than capable of killing her family. With no forensic evidence pinning Jeremy to the crime, much of the trial attempts to establish whether Sheila was physically capable of carrying out the killings herself, with a silencer found at the scene a crucial piece of evidence suggesting Sheila could not have done it. But with doubt around the credibility of the silencer evidence, Julie Mugford’s testimony soon grows in significance. Part 3 and 4 follow on Sunday 10th October.
Miracle Workers: Season 3 (Sky Comedy, 9pm) – 4th October
Adventure! Romance! No GPS! The comedy anthology series starring Daniel Radcliffe and
Steve Buscemi returns to follow the pioneers of the American West circa 1844. Reverend Ezekiel Brown (Radcliffe) leads his dying, famine-stricken town to head for a better life on the Oregon Trail, taking in notorious outlaw Benny the Teen (Buscemi) as trailmaster. All episodes available at once on-demand.
Impossible Animals (Sky Kids) – 4th October
How does a sperm whale hunt using sound alone? How do elephants hear through their feet? Join biologist Patrick Aryee as he exposes the mysteries behind the world’s weirdest animals.
Brassic: Season 3 (Sky Max, 10pm) – 6th October
Bigger, bolder and more bonkers than ever. The gang are back in a brand new series of misadventures, specially extended to eight episodes. Facing pressure from both the law and crime boss Mr McCann, Vinnie and the gang enter back into a world of bulls, snakes, kidnappings, betrayal and, this time, a full-sized horse. All episodes available at once on-demand.
A Crime on the Bayou (Sky Documentaries, 9pm) – 9th October
Inspired by Matthew Van Meter’s nonfiction novel ‘Deep Delta Justice’, A Crime on the Bayou is the story of Gary Duncan – a Black teenager from a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans who went on to embark on a ground-breaking battle for Civil Rights in the South.
Black Art: In the Absence of Light (Sky Documentaries, 9pm) – 9th October
Drawing on the late David Driskell’s seismic 1976 exhibition ‘Two Centuries of Black American Art’, Black Art: In the Absence of Light spotlights some of the foremost Black visual artists today.
Scenes from a Marriage (Sky Atlantic, 11th October
Adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish classic and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage reexamines the original’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple. All episodes are available at once on-demand.
MC Grammar’s Wonder Wraps (Sky Kids) – 11th October
Stop! It’s Grammar Time! Say hello to MC Grammar, aka Jacob Mitchell, a teacher who uses rap to teach kids cool facts about the world. Tailored to Key Stage 2 learning and covering a wide range of educational topics from volcanoes and saving the planet, to human digestion and football.
Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 (Sky Arts, 7pm) – 13th October
Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell host a brand new season of Portrait Artist of the Year from Battersea Arts Centre.
Cobra: Season 2 (Sky Max, 9pm) – 15th October
Robert Carlyle is back as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland in the second season of the taught, suspenseful drama. In the aftermath of both the solar and political storm for Season 1, democracy is under threat from cyber attacks on critical infrastructures and subversive fake news movements. It’s up to Sutherland and his ever-dependable Chief of Staff Anna Marshhall (Victoria Hamilton) to steer the country on a more even course. All episodes available at once on-demand.
Michael X – Hustler, Revolutionary, Outlaw (Sky Documentaries, 9pm) – 16th October
This is the untold story of the rise and fall of Michael X – otherwise known as Michael De Freitas or Michael Abdul Malik – who was once heralded as the UK’s answer to Malcolm X.
The Deirdre O’Kane Show (Sky Max, 10pm) – 17th October
Irish comedian Deirdre O’Kane fronts a new stand-up comedy show filming as live from Dublin. A mix of big name comedians along with up-and-coming talent will be joining Deirdre on stage in a fresh take on the classic stand-up TV show format, with some musical surprise s thrown in along the way.
Succession: Season 3 (Sky Atlantic, 2am/9pm) – 18th October
Logan Roy begins Season 3 in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. Episodes arrive weekly and are simulcast at 2am.
COP26: In Your Hands (Sky Kids) – 18th October
Introduced by HRH Prince Charles and featuring COP26 host Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this 30-minute Sky original documentary represents an emotive call to action from the world’s children to the politicians who are gathering in Glasgow for the UN climate change summit.
Statues Redressed (Sky Arts, 9pm) – 18th October
This documentary special follows a collection of inspiring artists in a unique project as they creatively reimagine some of Liverpool’s most iconic statues, giving them a whole new look by dressing them up or creating art around them.
The Good Doctor: Season 5 (Sky Witness, 9pm) – 19th October
Get ready to have your heart strings pulled again as we join Dr Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), for fifth season of the much-loved medical drama. The underdog story of an extraordinary surgeon facing the challenges that comes from not just autism but the preconceptions that come with it, we left the last season on a high note as it seemed wedding bells were in the air for Shaun and his partner Lea. Might we be seeing the pair tie the knot?
Queen of Speed (Sky Documentaries, 9pm) – 23rd October
Queen of Speed chronicles the incredible story of one woman’s battle to rise to the top of the male-dominated world of rallying in the 70s and 80s. From the roads of Monte Carlo to the dirt races in Africa as well as in America, Michèle Mouton defied the odds as she broke her way into the world of motorsport at a time when rallying was at its fastest and most dangerous.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 11 (Sky Comedy) – 25th October
Surviving a fatwa; barely navigating the post-#metoo landscape unscathed; pioneering an influential new retail model powered entirely by spite. All par for the course for Larry David – still living the good life out in Los Angeles and stumbling through one faux pas after another. Episodes arrive weekly after their US broadcast.
Temple: Season 2 (Sky Max, 9pm) – 28th October
Mark Strong is back as Daniel Milton in the second series of the whip smart and morally ambiguous drama. Season 1 saw Daniel look after his wife, Beth, in an illicit clinic underneath Temple tube station. But Season 2 sees everything come crashing down. Rhys Ifans joins the cast as the unpredictable underworld fixer Gubby. All episodes available at once on-demand.
The Capote Tapes (9pm, Sky Documentaries) – 30th October
‘Answered Prayers’ was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece – an epic portrait of NYC’s glittering jet-set society. But instead, the novel was left unfinished and sparked his downfall. Through previously unheard audio archive and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, this intimate documentary reveals the rise and fall of America’s most iconic gay writer.
Sky History: Black History Month (Sky History) – Sundays
Every Sunday in October, Sky HISTORY will showcase programmes that celebrate Black talent, culture and history. Tuskegee Airmen will explore the legacy of a legendary group of African American pilots, revealing how these warriors for change helped end segregation in the military and pave the way for the civil rights movement. The Emmy-nominated Tulsa Burning, examines the 1921 Race Massacre and takes an in-depth look at the birth of Black Wall Street, its catastrophic downfall over the course of two bloody days and its reconstruction. Salute recounts the role of Australian silver medallist Peter Norman in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: The 1968 Black Power Salute.
Insecure: Season 5 (Sky Comedy) – Date TBC
Modern-day Black women are often depicted as strong and confident. But that really isn’t Issa and Molly. Creator and star Issa Rae’s razor sharp and aspirational HBO comedy returns for its fifth and final season, as best friends Issa and Molly try figure out who and what comes with them in the next phase of their lives. It premieres on 24th October in the USA, so expect episodes to arrive weekly from 25th October.
Yellowjackets (Sky Atlantic) – Date TBC
Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, this is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over. Starring Melanie Lynskey (pictured) and Juliette Lewis.
Val (Sky Documentaries) – Date TBC
Val Kilmer – one of Hollywood’s most mercurial actors – has been documenting his life and craft through film. In doing so, he has amassed thousands of hours of intimate home footage, from movies made alongside his brothers, to time spent in iconic film roles. This raw snapshot reveals a life lived to extremity and a heartfelt look at what it means to be an artist.
Judas and the Black Messiah – 1st October
An Oscar-nominated dramatisation of real-life events, this thriller follows FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?
Voyagers – 8th October
With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonise a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust and the insatiable hunger for power.
No Sudden Move – 9th October
Detroit, 1954. Curt Goynes (Don Cheadle) is recently out of prison and in need of money. Paired up with Ronald Russo (Benicio del Toro), a criminal whose reputation precedes him, and Charley (Kieran Culkin), who no one seems to know or say much about, they are sent on a seemingly simple mission by an anonymous source. When the heist goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through al echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.
Norm of the North: King Size Adventure – 11th October
Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do: he heads to New York City to stop it.
The Little Things – 15th October
Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon, (Denzel Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorising the city. Being in his old stomping ground, Joe is confronted by former colleagues less than thrilled to see him, and by his successor Jim Baxter (Rami Malek), who is about as wholesome as it’s possible to be in a job that involves scrutinising corpses on a daily basis.
Breaking News in Yuba County – 16th October
Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina and Wanda Sykes star in the story of one woman who rises out of her underappreciated existence by spinning a tabloid-friendly lie. Recently widowed Sue Buttons (Janney), not entirely happy with her husband nor the circumstances surrounding his death, decides not to notify anyone that he is deceased, and instead reports him as missing. The ensuing media coverage catapults her to celebrity status but brings her to the attention of a wannabe-mobster, a relentless cop, and her self-interested half sister – all out to uncover the truth behind the lie.
Monster Family 2 – 22nd October
The Wishbone Family are once again transformed into their monstrous alter-egos in this family friendly sequel to save their friends from the clutches of a ruthless Monster Hunter
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – 29th October
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defence, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
Willy’s Wonderland – 30th October
A quiet loner (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Unable to pay for the repairs he needs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned family fun centre. But this wonderland is hiding a dark secret. The new janitor soon finds himself locked in an epic battle with possessed animatronic mascots that roam the halls, and to survive, he must fight his way through each of them.
Other films coming soon to Sky Cinema in October 2021
My New York Year
Maya the Bee: The Golden Orb
The God Committee
Curious George: Go West, Go Wild
A Second Chance
Cliffs of Freedom
Survive the Night
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Born a Champion