What’s leaving NOW TV / Sky in February and March 2016?
James R | On 25, Feb 2016
As March descends, another wave of titles get ready to depart into the streaming ether – and judging by this list, NOW and Sky On Demand’s catalogue will be all the poorer for it. On the one hand, Agent Carter’s second season and The Knick begin to disappear, alongside The Lego Movie and Noah. On the other hand, A New York Winter’s Tale and Jersey Shore follow.
This is your last chance to stream the following TV shows and films on NOW and Sky On Demand:
The Emperor’s New Groove – 25th February
“Yay, I’m a llama again!… Wait.”
Disney’s overlooked 2000 adventure sees the self-centred Emperor Kuzco turned into a llama by his bitter ex-servant, Yzma. So he sets out to become human once more, accompanied by modest (in both personality and brains) sidekick, Pacha (John Goodman). Oh, and let’s not forget Kronk, Yzma’s henchman, who can talk to squirrels.
Noah – 27th February
Examining what it takes to blindly follow instructions that will wipe out the rest of humanity, Darren Aronofsky’s version of Noah is bold and idiosyncratic, taking into account everything from fertility and sin to evolution itself. Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone go full pelt in this Biblical epic.
The Lego Movie – 27th February
A laugh-out-loud anti-capitalist satire created to advertise a capitalist giant’s child-friendly toy? Somehow, The LEGO Movie works. Is it Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s anarchic sense of humour (see 22 Jump Street)? Chris Pratt and the rest of the excellent voice cast’s comic timing? The non-stop fascination of watching tiny bricks come together? Or is it the toe-tapping soundtrack? Either way, everything about this really is awesome.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Collector’s Edition – 29th February
Do do doo. Dum. Dummmm. Steven Spielberg made jaws drop with those five notes in a deceptively simple piece about mankind connecting with a higher power. Richard Dreyfus is scarily obsessed with the idea of extra terrestrials, even to the point of it shaping his mashed potato. But however disruptive his behaviour becomes, Close Encounters of the Third Kind’s power comes from the peaceful nature of their contact – a gently revolutionary notion that makes this a unique entry in the genre and, indeed, one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
Enter the Dragon – 29th February
Bruce Lee kicks ass in this martial arts classic.
Labor Day – 3rd March
Jason Reitman returns after Young Adult with this curious, sentimental drama that sees escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin) hide out with a mother (Kate Winslet) and her son. Soon enough, they’re bonding and baking pie together. As you do.
A New York Winter’s Tale – 4th March
Colin Farrell stars in this barmy fantasy about a thief raised by a demon (Russell Crowe), who falls in love with an heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) and finds himself having to fight for his life against Lucifer, who is played by Will Smith. We’ll pause for a minute to let that sentence sink in. (A contender for the best worst film of that year.)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 11th March
One of Marvel’s best to date, the sequel to Captain American takes Steve Rogers’ biggest flaw – his unwavering nobility and honesty – and contrasts it with a modern world of espionage and double-crosses. The result is more 70s political thriller than superhero movie and all the better for it.
Air Force One – 16th March
“Get off my plane!” Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman ham it up in this wonderfully trashy action flick about terrorists taking over the US President’s plane.
Other movies leaving NOW in February and March 2016
About Last Night
Casualties of War
Shaun of the Dead
Friday the 13th Part II
Friday the 13th Part III
Full Metal Jacket
Mad Max 2
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Nick of Time
Save the Last Dance
The Browning Version (1994)
The NeverEnding Story
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
The Santa Clause
The Three Caballeros
A Million Ways To Die In The West
A Million Ways To Die In The West – Unrated
Day & Night
Escape From Planet Earth
The Three Musketeers (1993)
Mars Needs Moms
The Blacklist Season 3 – Episode 1 to 8 – 26th February
James Spader stars in the hit FBI drama.
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 2, Episode 1 – 27th February
Peggy’s back and she’s better than ever in the second run of Marvel’s small-screen spin-off from Captain America. Hayley Atwell. James D’Arcy. Flamingoes. We could list reasons to watch this for hours.
Nashville: Season 2 – 28th February
Callie Khouri’s TV series, which follows a range of country singers in Nashville, Tennessee, is full of guitars, gossip and people grappling with fame. On the downside, the musicians are all fictitious. On the plus side, one is played by the brilliant Hayden Panettiere.
Jersey Shore: Season 1 to 6 – 29th February
MTV’s reality TV series ended in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped it being a popular title among NOW and Sky audiences.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand – 29th February
Spartacus fans, beware: your life is about to have a lot fewer blood-splattered, topless people in it, as Gods of the Arena and Vengeance also depart on the same day.
Dinosaur 13 – 2nd March
A complete T-Rex skeleton had never been found until “Sue” was discovered by Peter Larson in the South Dakota desert. It turns out, though, that the dino excavation business is a lot more complex than just digging bones up and giving them to museums: it’s an actual business. With rare artefacts up for grabs, it’s not just academics after them, but commercial traders too. This documentary about the legal and personal battles over the ownership of the landmark fossil is a gripping and entertaining ride.
The Knick: Season 1 – 2nd March
Steven Soderbergh has famously hung up his movie hat for TV land – and The Knick is a promising sign why. This period series, which stars Clive Owen as the head surgeon in the titular hospital, is a gripping tale of outdated ER practices, racial prejudices and drug addiction. Because nothing says “Golden Age of Television” quite like Clive Owen snorting coke and holding a scalpel. Forget Grey’s Anatomy: this is where the real medical drama happens. With a soundtrack by Drive’s Cliff Martinez, it’s no wonder that Cinemax has renewed the show for a second season, starting in January.
Whitechapel: Season 1 – 6th March
It’s no Ripper Street, but if you’ve never caught up with ITV’s crime drama, this is your final chance.
The Knick: Season 2 – 15th March
Because the TV gods are cruel, NOW will not only lose the box set of Season 1 of The Knick next month, but Season 2 will be taken from us too.
Other TV shows leaving NOW in February 2016
The Hills: Season 2, Episode 5 and 6
My Father And The Man In Black
The Chief: Season 3
The Hills: Season 2, Episode 7 and 8
Madam Secretary: Season 2, Episode 1
The Hills: Season 2, Episode 9 and 10
Are You the One?: Season 2, Episodes 1 to 10
Ex on the Beach: Season 3, Epidoes 5 to 9
Teen Mom 2: Season 6
Teen Mom OG: Season 5
At Home with the Braithwaites: Season 3
Corleone: Season 1
Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episodes 4, 8, 9
Happy Endings: Season 1 to 3
Only Fools & Horses: Xmas 1988
Only Fools & Horses: Xmas 1992
Only Fools & Horses: Xmas 1993
Outside Edge: Season 1
The Americans: Season 1, Episode 13
The Americans: Season 2, Episode 1
The Chief: Season 1 to 5
Seann Walsh World Season 1
Workaholics: Season 3 and 4
Drunk History: Season 2, Episode 1
Madam Secretary: Season 2, Episode 2
Dexter: Season 1, Episode 1
Unforgotten: Season 1, Episode 1
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 2, Episode 2
Always and Everyone: Season 2
Vera: Season 1
DCI Banks: Season 2
Stop Search Seize: Season 1
Drunk History: Season 2, Episode 2
At Home with the Braithwaites: Season 4
Madam Secretary: Season 2, Episode 3
Clash of the Dinosaurs: Season 1
Reign of the Dinosaurs: Season 1
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 2, Episode 3
Tim & Eric Bedtime Stories: Season 1
Whitechapel: Season 2
The Glass: Season 1
Vera: Season 2