What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in February 2020?
Staff Reporter | On 31, Jan 2020Reading time: 11 mins
With the launch of Sky Comedy still ringing in our ears, Sky is wasting no time in dropping a whole belly full of laughs onto our screens, from the first time in years that Saturday Night Live has aired in full on UK TV to the debut of The Righteous Gemstones. That impressive line-up of US comedy is joined by drama – The L Word and The End – a homegrown sitcom Intelligence, starring David Schwimmer, and the return of The Walking Dead for the second half of its return-to-form 10th season.
Don’t have Sky? You can stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW TV, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £8.99 a month for an Entertainment Pass. For more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is serving up some of 2019’s best movies, including In Fabric and Toy Story 4 and is streaming the whole of the Academy Awards exclusively live in the wee small hours of the morning.
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW TV, for £11.99 a month. For more information on that, click here. For sports, you can also sign up to NOW TV’s Sky Sports Pass on a contract-free basis. For more information, click here.
All of these you can stream in HD (or, in the case of the Harry Potter films, UHD) by adding a NOW TV Boost to your account, which costs an additional £3 a month. For more information, click here.
Here’s your guide to what’s coming soon in February 2020:
Saturday Night Live: Season 45 (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 2nd February
Coming live from New York for more than four decades, Saturday Night Live arrives on Sky Comedy – its first appearance on UK television in fourteen years. Airing 24 hours after its US broadcast, celebrity hosts join an award-winning ensemble cast to perform the show’s world-famous blend of comedic sketches, satirical news and digital shorts, alongside performances from popular musical acts.
The Good Doctor: Season 3, Part 2 (9pm, Sky Witness) – 4th February
Dr Shaun Murphy is back as the touching medical drama The Good Doctor returns from its winter hiatus. Following his father’s death, Shaun must deal with the effects his intimacy with Lea will have on his relationship with Carly. Meanwhile, the team operates on a patient who is refusing all anaesthesia during surgery for fear of relapsing.
The L Word: Generation Q: Season 1 (9pm Sky Atlantic) – 4th February
Through the aughts, the groundbreaking series The L Word revolutionised a generation by introducing them to television’s first ensemble cast of lesbian characters. Now, some ten years after its final season, The L Word returns with its highly-anticipated sequel. Ten years after we last left them, we find Bette running for mayor of Los Angeles; Shane as she returns to the city after a setback; and Alice learning to balance co-parenting with her fiancée Nat and Nat’s ex-wife Gigi and the rising success of her talk show. We meet PR exec Dani Núñez, her girlfriend and TV producer Sophie Suarez, their best friend and roommate Micah Lee, and the charming former Olympic swimmer-turned-assistant, (Sarah) Finley. All episodes arrive on-demand at the same time as the show’s premiere.
The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (9pm, Sky Comedy) – 5th February
Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) writes and stars in the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work – all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesse Gemstone (McBride) is a maverick in the ministry game. He has taken the congregation that his father Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) created and used it to build a megachurch for the modern-day churchgoer. But upon returning from a baptism marathon in China with his father and brother Kelvin (Adam Devive), Jesse receives a video from blackmailers seeking to sully his reputation. Meanwhile, Eli moves forward with plans to expand the Gemstone empire as he continues to mourn his late wife Aimee-Leigh. All episodes arrive on-demand at the same time as the show’s premiere.
The Heist: Season 2 (9pm, Sky One) – 6th February
Ten law-abiding citizens. A million pounds. One perfect crime. The gauntlet is thrown down once again as everyday people from a small town are challenged to orchestrate the perfect heist – taking a life-changing cash prize from under the noses of a crack team of detectives. If they can hang on to it for two weeks, it’s theirs to keep. But have they got what it takes to beat the law?
Public Enemy: Season 2 (9pm, Sky Atlantic) – 7th February
The taught French-language mystery thriller returns, picking up a few months after the events of series one. Investigator Chloé Muller is brought out of retirement to track down a missing girl, whose disappearance she discovers is linked to that of her own sister. But to find her, she must enlist the help of Guy Béranger – the convicted child killer for whom she was responsible over the course of the gripping first series. And he refuses to help unless he gets something in return. All episodes arrive on-demand at the same time as the show’s premiere.
The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon (9pm, Sky Crime) – 9th February
After leaving her family home one afternoon in 2011, 23-year old Phoenix Coldon’s car was found abandoned but still running later that evening 25 minutes from her home. She was never seen again. With rare access to those closest to the case, Investigative reporter Shawndrea Thomas and retired deputy Police Chief Joe Delia meet face-toface with Phoenix’s parents, family members and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly. Following a series of startling revelations that lead them across the country, Shawndrea and Joe investigate the facts and expose truths and fabrications as they uncover exciting new leads.
Criminal Minds: Season 5 (9pm, Sky Witness) – 10th February
We bid a sad farewell to the BAU as Criminal Minds begins its final ten-episode season and the team investigates their final un-sub. The series that made viewers double-lock their doors at night will close out with the team on a collision course with the un-sub known as The Chameleon – a chilling figure who Rossi has grown obsessed with.
The End: Season 1 (10pm, Sky Atlantic) – 10th February
Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor star in The End, an amusing and touching drama about three generations of a family with separate but intersecting obsessions, who are trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count. O’Connor plays Dr Kate Brennan, an Australian-based specialist in palliative care. Euthanasia is a hot-button topic in Kate’s field of work, and she is passionate in her opposition. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie Henley (Walter) feels just as strongly about her right to die. After she attempts to take her own life, Kate has little choice but to ship her out from England and deposit her in a nearby retirement village in the Gold Coast – Edie’s worst nightmare. While Kate struggles with her own problems, her children are trying to work out who they are, and who they want to be. What follows is a story about parents and children, ethics and emotion, and mostly how it’s never too late to start again. All episodes arrive on-demand at the same time as the show’s premiere.
Work in Progress: Season 1 (9.40pm, Sky Comedy) – 12th February
At 45-years-old, Abby begins to re-evaluate her life and perspective after her misfortune and despair lead her to a transformative relationship in Showtime’s comedy created by and starring Abby McEnany.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Season 7 (10pm, Sky Comedy) – 17th February
The biggest breaking news stories, brought to you on a weekly basis, lovingly roasted with heapings of snark. British comedian John Oliver presents his spectacular brand of comic energy with hard-hitting analysis in a year which, thanks to a certain presidential impeachment, should give him no end of drama to unpack.
Intelligence: Season 1 (9pm, Sky One) – 21st February
Created by Nick Mohammed, this workplace comedy is set in the UK’s GCHQ—a kind of weedier, geekier version of MI5, where they tackle international and domestic Cyber Crime from a desktop. But when a pompous, maverick NSA agent Jerry (David Schwimmer) comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Nick Mohammed) in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team’s ability to combat cyber terrorism.
The Walking Dead: Season 10, Part 2 (9pm, FOX UK) – 24th February
AMC’s rejuvenated zombie hit returns to continues its return to form.
Strike Back: Season 8 (TBC, Sky One) – 25th February
Section 20’s Wyatt, Mac, Novin, and Chetri are reunited by commanding officer Coltrane to rescue a biochemist who’s been taken hostage by the Albanian mafia as Sky One and Cinemax’s action thriller returns for its final season.
In Fabric – 3rd February
As you’re perusing the sales looking for that killer dress, maybe make sure you don’t pick up this killer dress. Marianne Jean Baptiste stars in this British comedy-horror as a lonely woman recently separated from her husband. Visiting a department store in the busy winter sales period in search of a dress to pick her up out of her slump, she’s fitted with a very flattering red dress that will literally transform her life. In time, the gown is revealed to harbour an unstoppable evil, which unleashes a malevolent curse upon everyone who comes into its path.
Gemini – 6th February
Lola Kirke and Zoe Kravitz shine in this atmospheric modern Hollywood noir from director Aaron Katz.
Pet Semetary (2019) – 7th February
Evil is exhumed in this chilling remake of the 1989 adaptation of the seminal Stephen King novel. Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) relocates to rural Maine with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston and discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbour, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes horrific consequences.
The Wedding Guest – 9th February
Director Michael Winterbottom takes a drastic departure from his previous oeuvre of realist, comedic films like 24 Hour Party People or The Trip… television series for this twisting and gripping thriller starring Dev Patel as Jay, an ambiguous and shadowy figure on a mission. Carrying a collection of suspicious items, Jay travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding, but his true purpose is to kidnap the bride-to-be…
The Oscars – 10th February
Watch the whole of the Academy Awards live, as Sky continues to be the exclusive home of the Oscars in the UK. The red carpet coverage kicks off at 10pm, followed by the ceremony proper at 00.30am.
Toy Story 4 – 14th February
The toys are back in town. Woody and the gang make a long-awaited return in another Pixar masterpiece for all the family. The toys have a new kid, Bonnie, but for the first time Woody is unsure of his place in the world. When she, literally, makes a new friend called Forky out of a spork and pipe cleaners, it’s down to Woody to show Forky the joy of being a toy. However, Forky thinks he’s trash, and when he throws himself away the gang get swept up in an adventure to rescue him. Along the way, Woody bumps into an old friend he thought he’d lost who shows him there may be life after kids.
Sunset – 19th February
DescriptionIn 1913 a woman scours the streets of Budapest, Hungary, to find the brother she never knew she had and unlock the secrets to her forgotten past in László Nemes’ bewitchingly crafted period drama.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema in February 2020:
Escape Plan 3
Never Grow Old
The Field Guide to Evil
The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice
Head Full of Honey
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
The Hummingbird Project
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Princess and the Dragon
I Trapped the Devil
The Curse of La Llorona
Tell It to Bees
I Still See You
Godzilla: King of the Monsters