What’s leaving Sky and NOW TV in December / January 2020?
James R | On 31, Dec 2019
Another new year over, a new one just begun – but before you start looking forwards to what 2020 has in store, spare a minute to look back at what’s departing Sky and NOW this New Year, as rights expire for a whole host of titles, from Futurama and Watchmen to DC animation and a number of Disney movies.
This is your last chance to stream the following:
The Wire: Season 1 – 5th January
One of the best TV shows of all time, David Simon’s drama stars Dominic West (The Affair) as Detective Jimmy McNulty, who along with his fellow investigators attempts to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by the elusive Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell (Idris Elba).
Futurama: Season 1 to 10 – 10th January
Matt Groening’s follow-up to The Simpsons, which follows the Planet Express delivery team in the year 3000, is an adventurous, amusing, imaginative treat.
Legion: Season 1 to 3 – 12th January
Noah Hawley’s X-Men series is a mind-bending piece of TV, following David Haller (Dan Stevens), a haunted man with power beyond comprehension. His power does not come free, but at the steep cost of David’s mind. Plagued by numerous split personalities – each commanding a different aspect of his power – David is trying to find his way back to sanity. He’s about to give up… until he met the girl of his dreams (Rachel Keller).
Watchmen: Season 1 – 15th January
Damon Lindelof’s remix of Watchmen is compulsively unusual, excitingly ambitious and challengingly timely television.
Billions: Season 1 – 16th January
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. That’s all you need to know about Showtime’s superb thriller, which is set in the ego-driven world of New York high finance. Lewis plays billionaire hedge fund kingpin Bobby Axe Axelrod, alongside Giamatti who plays Chuck Rhoades, the tenacious U.S attorney who tries to take him down. The gripping drama sparks to life as the two actors go head-to-head, setting up a thrilling game of cat and mouse.
Other TV shows leaving in January 2020:
Comedy Central At The Comedy Store: Season 4
Comedy Central At The Comedy Store: Season 5
Bitten: Season 1 to 3
Classical Destinations: Season 3
Discovering Music: Season 1
Lip Sync Battle: Season 3
Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central: Season 1
Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central: Season 2
Teen Mom: Season 1 to 4
Teen Mom 3: Season 1
Teen Mom: Young Moms Club: Season 1
The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season 1
TripTank: Season 2
True Love or True Lies?: Season 1
Workaholics: Season 4 to 7
Your Face or Mine: Season 1 to 5
16 and Pregnant: Season 1 to 4
Ed Stafford: Into the Unknown
Marooned with Ed Stafford: Season 1
Million Dollar Baby: Season 1
Younger: Season 1
Britain’s Most Evil Killers
Jersey Shore Family Vacation: Season 3
Savage Kingdom: Season 3
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Snapped: Season 21
Silicon Valley: Season 6
Takeshi’s Castle: Season 7
South Park: Season 23
Street Outlaws: Memphis: Season 1
Killer Colleagues: Season 1
Teen Mom 2: Season 9
The Kettering Incident: Season 1
Don’t Look Now – 31st December
Nicolas Roeg’s remarkable horror, based on the story by Daphne du Maurier, follows a couple (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) trying to come to terms with the death of their daughter, as Sutherland’s husband is hired to restore a church in Italy. Full of grief and spooky atmosphere, you’ll never see Venice in the same way again.
The Conversation – 31st December
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) values his personal privacy and anonymity above all else. When he and partner Stan (John Cazale) are hired by a mysterious client known only as ‘the director’ (Robert Duvall) to follow a young couple, Harry deduces that the woman, Mary, is the director’s wife, and the man an employee with whom she is conducting an affair. Harry becomes convinced that the director intends to murder the pair and, haunted by guilt from a previous assignment where the information he provided resulted in loss of human life, sets out to prevent the killing himself. The result is gripping piece of 1970s paranoia with an intense, low-key turn from a never-better Gene Hackman.
Zoolander – 31st December
You can re-watch Ben Stiller’s crazy comedy about a male model brainwashed to assassinate the Malasyian Prime Minister any time and find more treats hidden in the pile. Proving Stiller’s talents as a capable helmer for goofy as well as sinister material, Zoolander seems like a silly character film from the outset, but with a script so insanely sharp, yet willing to go off on tangents for bigger laughs, the end result has become a cult classic.
DC Animation – 31st December
It’s not the most super end to the year, with a host of DC animated films departing, including Batman: Bad Blood, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem and several Justice League outings.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army – 7th January
Hellboy II cements Del Toro’s position as a phenomenal force of cinema and imagination: uncompromising, uncanny and unbelievable.
Brave – 16th January
Pixar’s animated gem may look like a story about an archer versus a bear but emerges as a sweet and simple tale of one daughter and her relationship with her mother.
Phantom Thread – 17th January
Paul Thomas Anderson’s romantic antidote to tortured male artists is a swooning, darkly comic masterpiece.
Isle of Dogs – 22nd January
Wes Anderson’s gorgeously crafted stop-motion comedy finds fresh bite amid familiar laughs.
Other movies leaving in January 2020:
A Very Sordid Wedding
Asterix: The Secret Of The Magic Potion
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
Batman Vs Robin
Batman: Bad Blood
Beauty And The Beast: Belle’s Magical World
Coming To America
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Five Easy Pieces
Friday The 13th (1980)
From A House On Willow Street
Hot Tub Time Machine
Justice League: Doom
Justice League: Gods And Monsters
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis
Justice League: War
Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mean Machine (2001)
National Lampoon’s The Don’s Analyst
One Hundred And One Dalmatians
Road To Perdition
Son Of Batman
State Of Play
Sucker Free City
The Desert Rats
The Elephant and the Butterfly
The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas
The Prince Of Tides
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2
The Rescuers-Two Couples
The Thin Red Line
The Thing (1982)
The Wicker Man
This Is Spinal Tap
Birth Of The Dragon
A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
A Little Something For Your Birthday
The Wound (2017)
Benji The Hunted
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Mars Needs Moms
The Adventures Of Huck Finn
The Finest Hours
The Good Dinosaur
Darkest Hour (2017)
Fifty Shades Freed
Let The Sunshine In
The 15:17 To Paris