What’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in January 2020?
James R | On 28, Dec 2019
Another year over, a new one just begun, and Sky is beginning it in style with a stuffed January of new series, from The New Pope to the final run of The Deuce. Sky originals including Sick of It, back for Season 2, political thriller COBRA and new Stephen King adaptation The Outsider. And, on top of it all, there’s new Armanda Iannucci comedy Avenue 5 starring Hugh Laurie.
Don’t have Sky? You can stream all of the above live and on-demand through NOW, Sky’s contract-free VOD service, which costs £8.99 a month for an Entertainment Membership. For more information, click here.
Sky Cinema, meanwhile, is serving up some of 2019’s best movies, including The Favourite, Us and Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Again, if you don’t have Sky, you can stream all of Sky Cinema live and on-demand through NOW, for £11.99 a month. For more information on that, click here. For sports, you can also sign up to NOW’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 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 January 2020:
The Deuce: Season 3 (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) – 2nd January
James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal return for the final season of David Simon’s gritty drama set in 1970s Times Square. As Vincent reconnects with his ex, Candy and Harvey face up to the future of the adult movie industry. All episodes available on-demand alongside Episode 1’s broadcast.
Chicago Med: Season 5 and Chicago PD: Season 8 (Sky Witness, 8pm) – 3rd January
For the first time on Sky Witness, both Chicago Med and Chicago PD will be aired on the channel, making it the only place in the UK you can see all new episodes of the entire Chicago franchise.
There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (Sky Crime) – 5th January
On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home with five young children: her son, her daughter and three nieces. Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles – eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others. The tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a microscope in a desperate search for answers. In the aftermath, Diane Schuler was portrayed as a reckless drunk and a mother who cracked. But was she the monster the public made her out to be?
Killer Neighbours: Season 1 (Sky Crime, 9pm) – 6th January
A deadly teen rivalry. A scorned lover willing to kill. A quick-rich scheme gone bad. The true-life mysteries detailed in this series are about revenge, betrayal and murder carried out by the people seemingly most trusted by each of the victims.
Snapped: Season 1 (Sky Crime, 9pm) – 8th January
In the first of a series of double-length episodes of Snapped, the shocking true crime series focuses on one of the United State’s most notorious and publicised murder cases – the Menendez Brothers case. In 1989, two seemingly privileged brothers from Beverly Hills, Erik and Lyle Menendez, fatally shot their own parents. In the ensuing trial and media frenzy, the nation was split on whether the brothers were psychotic monsters or victims of parental abuse.
SEAL Team: Season 3 (Sky One, 9pm) – 8th January
Since first arriving on Sky One in 2018, SEAL Team, starring David Boreanaz, has been a hit with fans of action-packed, high-stakes drama. The third season kicks off on 8 January with one of the team’s most dangerous missions to date, as Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) leads them into Serbia to track down an organisation linked to the bombing of multiple American outposts.
A League of Their Own: European Road Trip 2 (Sky One, 9pm) – 9th January
After a hugely successful trip around Italy, Holland and Monaco last series, Freddie and Jamie are back to do battle once again, with the loser facing another terrifying forfeit. On the Road Trip this time, the boys will be joined by A League of Their Own regular Romesh Ranganathan, regular friend of ALOTO Alan Carr, comedy stalwart Lee Mack, comedian Tom Davis and Olympic Gold medallist, Sam Quek.
Sick of It: Season 2 (Sky One, 10pm) – 10th January
Karl and his eternally grumpy internal alter-ego return with more helpings of humorous philosophising in a second instalment of the critically-acclaimed comedy drama. After Aunt Norma replaces Karl with a young sparky care worker called Ruby to replace Karl, it triggers a bout of soul searching about how little he’s achieved in his life. Karl being Karl, he seeks to rectify this by bingeing on biscuits before attempting to dislodge Ruby in Norma’s affections. Then, after being locked out the bathroom by Norma and Ruby, Karl decides to upgrade his job by moving into personal chauffeuring. The aim – to earn enough money to move out of Norma’s into his own flat with his own en-suite bathroom.
Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau (Sky Crime, 9pm) – 12th January
Rebecca Zahau, a vibrant young woman, was found dead, hanging naked, bound and gagged, in the courtyard of her billionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion on July 13, 2011, just two days after his six-year-old son suffered a fatal accident while under Rebecca’s care. Rebecca’s cause of death was ruled as a suicide, leading to years of endless public intrigue and speculation. This captivating new series follows an elite team of investigators, including former prosecutor Loni Coombs, crime journalist Billy Jensen and forensic criminologist Paul Holes as they take another look at the case.
The New Pope (Sky Atlantic, 10pm) – 12th January
The follow-up to 2017’s The Young Pope fromOscar winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, The New Pope, dives into the inner workings of the Vatican, while exploring the very human desires, vices and fragilities of those in power and the complexities inherent in faith today. The series picks up where The Young Pope left off, with Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo, known as Pope Pius XIII, in a coma. Following an unpredictable and mysterious turn of events, Secretary of State Voiello (Silvio Orlando) succeeds in having Sir John Brannox (John Malkovich), a charming and sophisticated moderate English aristocrat, placed on the papal throne, adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems ideal, but he conceals secrets and has a certain fragility.
The Outsider (Sky Atlantic, 9pm) – 13th January
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, The Outsider is a new drama series that explores the investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy and the mysterious force surrounding the case.
Snapped: Drew Peterson (Sky Crime, 9pm) – 15th January
In an eye opening two-episode special, Snapped takes a close look at the notorious Drew Peterson – a master manipulator and convicted murderer. A retired police officer, Peterson first came into the public eye when his fourth wife, Sally Peterson, disappeared in 2007. Peterson claims that she had run off with another man, but Sally’s family maintain that Drew, already convicted for the 2004 murder of his third wife, is responsible for her murder.
The Rookie: Season 2 (Sky Witness, 9pm) – 16th January
Danger is ever-present in season two of the hit cop drama starring Nathan Fillion, as the officers of the Mid-Wilshire precinct grapple with the aftermath of a plotted attack on the city of Los Angeles, leaving Officer Bradford fighting for his life. Flash forward two weeks and the rookies receive the shocking results of their latest training exam, leaving one officer questioning what the future holds. Meanwhile, tension develops at home as Nolan and Lopez advance in their relationships with Jessica and Wesley.
COBRA (Sky One, 9pm) – 17th January
Set in the heart of government during a time of national crisis, this high-stakes British drama stars Robert Carlyle as Prime Minister, Robert Sutherland, and Victoria Hamilton as his Chief of Staff, Anna Marshall. Under the name COBRA, a team comprised of Britain’s leading experts, crisis contingency planners and the most senior politicians must now assemble to help bring society back from the brink of collapse, as they deal with an unfolding national emergency after catastrophic events literally throw the nation into darkness. All episodes available as a box set alongside Episode 1.
Modern Family: Season 11 (Sky One) – 17th January
A little less adrenaline-packed, but perhaps equally chaotic, Modern Family has been following the exploits of the extended Dunphy-Pritchett clan since 2009. Now, the multi award winning sitcom prepares to bid us a fond farewell as it begins its eleventh and final season. We kick of the family’s last set of adventures as they welcome Haley’s twins into the world – and naturally everyone wants to get involved with the parenting.
Avenue 5 (Sky One) – 22nd January
Created by Armando Iannucci, Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.
Shazam! – 1st January
Big meets LEGO Batman in this enjoyably warm and funny superhero comedy.
The Sisters Brothers – 5th January
It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. The older of the two, introspective Eli (John C. Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. Each increasingly questions, and quibbles with, the other’s methods. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest, bringing them to the mountains of Oregon, a dangerous brothel in the small town of Mayfield, and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California – a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind.
JT LeRoy – 7th January
Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern star in this drama based on the true story of a young woman named Savannah Knoop, who spent six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law. With Laura at her constant side, Savannah fooled the literary world.
Burning – 8th January
Jong-soo runs into Hae-mi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood, and she asks him to watch her cat while she’s out of town. When she returns, she introduces him to Ben, a man she met on the trip. Ben proceeds to tell Jong-soo about his hobby…
Us – 10th January
Jordan Peele follows up his breakout hit Get Out with this chilling tale. The Wilson family head on a beach holiday to take troubled daughter Adelaide’s mind off the uneasy dread that is taking over her life. When night falls, the Wilson’s are visited by four shadowy intruders, who are revealed to be terrifying doppelgangers of the family. Can the Wilson’s survive the night…and themselves?
Sometimes Always Never – 12th January
The title of this off-beat comedy refers to the buttons on a men’s suit jacket, and running from top to bottom, whether they should or shouldn’t be done up. This eludes to the occupation of protagonist Alan, played by Bill Nighy, a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.
Aladdin (2019) – 17th January
Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott star in Disney’s live-action version of its animated classic, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 19th January
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant are wonderful in this funny, moving, deeply honest story of identity and isolation.
The Favourite – 31st January
Surprising, side-splitting and superbly twisted, this costume drama fizzes and bubbles with manic energy.
Other movies coming soon to Sky Cinema in January 2020:
What They Had
Berlin, I Love You
Book of Monsters
Out of Blue
The Best of Enemies
Better Star Running
Billionaire Boys Club