SKY is on top form with a whole heap of exciting shows and films this October.
We’ve got everything you need to know about what is coming up on Sky 1, Atlantic, Arts, Living and movies…
What can I watch on Sky 1 this month?
Bookish Brit Barnaby (Jack Whitehall) finds himself in more than a touch of bother when he takes over the family antiques business in this new Sky Original Production.
After he messes up and unwittingly hands over a fortune for a treasure looted from a war-torn country, his sister (Charity Wakefield) calls on a friend for help.
Enter Nina Morales (Oscar nominee Rosie Perez), a tough NYC bounty hunter eager to help him reclaim his cash.
But she’s on the run from a Mexican cartel, and has big problems of her own… Robert Lindsay stars as Barnaby’s shady dad in this fast and funny journey that jets between New York, London and Mexico.
It’s written by Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn, the comedy duo that brought us Bad Education.
Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Who will live to see season six? Arrow returns following that huge cliffhanger explosion on the island.
Meanwhile, Bloodsport is among new villains squaring up to the Girl of Steel as Supergirl returns with season three, and STAR Labs struggle to hold things together after losing The Flash into the Speed Force,
in season four of the hit show.
As for the Legends, their antics last time out have forced them into a seriously tight spot as season three begins.
What is on Sky Atlantic?
From the creator of The Wire comes an eight-part series uncovering the story behind the legalisation and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s.
James Franco stars in a dual role as twin brothers, and is joined by Maggie Gyllenhaal as a sex worker drawn into the burgeoning scene.
The Deuce promises to be an exposing look at the most pioneering moments of a rough-and-tumble world – one that would become a billion-dollar industry
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Larry David’s much-loved comedy makes a long-awaited return. In a series six awkward years in the making, Larry’s fictional alter ego picks up right where he left off, dropping his trademark faux pas and character
assassinations, while continuing his stubborn refusal to just let things go.
Another thing set to continue is the series’ long standing tradition of celebrity cameos, with Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman and Judge Judy all making appearances.
What Sky Boxsets can I binge watch?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Seasons 1-8
As season nine of Curb Your Enthusiasm comes to Sky Atlantic this month (p8), seasons one to eight of the multi-awardwinning comedy can be enjoyed with Sky Box Sets and NOW TV.
Playing himself – albeit an exaggerated version – Seinfeld co-creator Larry David takes us on a misanthropic, sometimes excruciating and always hilarious meander through everyday life alongside his brilliant co-stars Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman. Pretty, pretty good.
The Walking Dead: Season 8
The all-conquering post-apocalyptic drama returns for season eight on NOW TV, kicking off with its 100th episode. Once again, survival is the name of the game for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the residents of Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop as they prepare for all-out war with the brutal Saviors and their maniacal, baseball-batwielding leader, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
What can I watch on Sky Arts?
Artist of the Year 2017 Hosts Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner are joined by judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan as Sky Arts launches a nationwide search for the Landscape Artist of the Year 2017.
Each episode travels to a National Trust property as the artists attempt to capture the historic scenes in their own inimitable style.
All the while, a generous, careerchanging commission lies in wait for the winner.
Andre Rieu: My Musical Year
Cameras follow a year in the life of Andre Rieu as he racks up the air miles to perform at some of the most beautiful and historic venues around the world.
This heartwarming film captures the highs and lows of the violin maestro’s life on the road and his sold-out concerts, from Stockholm in the spring and his hometown of Maastricht in the summer, to autumn in Santiago, Chile, and winter in London.
Festival No 6
Sky Arts presents the finest performances from this year’s Festival No 6 in Portmeirion, Wales.
Now entering its sixth year, the multi-award-winning event brings an eclectic mix of rock legends and left-field figures from the arts together in what promises to be a fantastic celebration of music, culture and comedy.
The History of Comedy
This captivating series explores what makes us laugh and how that’s influenced our social and political landscape throughout history.
Featuring archival footage and contemporary interviews with comedy stars such as Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel and Patton Oswalt, the series explores comedy’s many diverse facets, from sex and race, to politics and culture, to parody and satire.
XTC: This is Pop
This eye-opening documentary takes an alternative look at XTC, one of Britain’s most influential yet unsung bands. Using methods ranging from animation to specially shot sequences to illustrate their lyrics and music, this film paints a unique portrait of a group that developed a cult following on both sides of the Atlantic and influenced countless subsequent alternative and indie musicians.
What movies can I stream on Sky Cinema?
Two decades on from Danny Boyle’s seminal black comedy, the gang return to once again give the mundanity of modern life a kicking. This time Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge take aim at middle-age,
friendship and nostalgia.
As Renton (Ewan McGregor) arrives back in Scotland for the first time since the gang’s trip to London hoping to make amends, he finds not much has changed.
Ewen Bremner’s loveable Spud is still gripped by addiction, while Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy is running a prostitution/extortion racket.
Robert Carlyle’s terrifying Begbie, meanwhile, has been behind bars for two decades, his anger towards Renton simmering into a furious desperation for bloody revenge.
It’s Zootropolis meets The X-Factor as fast-talking koala Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) launches a last-ditch bid to save his struggling theatre.
Naturally he lands on the idea of staging an open-to-all singing competition, and before long all manner of musically minded critters – including pig housewife Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), cocky crooner mouse Mike (Seth MacFarlane) and punky porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson) – are trying their luck.
Brit Garth Jennings (he of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the excellent Son of Rambow) writes and directs, while the non-stop tunes range all the way from Nicki Minaj to Leonard Cohen.
M Night Shyamalan is back in business with this creepy psychological horror.
It begins with the abduction of three teenage girls – BFFs Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), plus loner Casey (The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy).
They wake up in the underground lair of one Kevin Crumb (the excellent James McAvoy), a man whose struggles with dissociative identity disorder are about to take a profoundly unsettling turn.
Despite the best efforts of psychiatrist Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) the most unstable of Kevin’s 23 personalities are now firmly running the show, and what they’ve got planned isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Something wicked this way comes…
Bryan Cranston stars as Ned Fleming, the proud owner of a momand-pop printing company hit with a curveball just before Christmas.
Daddy’s little girl Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) has found herself a boyfriend, and she wants the whole family – including mum Barb (Megan Mullally) and impressionable teenage brother Scotty (Griffin Gluck) – to come and meet him over the holidays.
What could possibly go wrong? Plenty is the answer, as her beau is none other than Laird Mayhew (James Franco) – a foul-mouthed and frequently shirtless internet millionaire with some pretty serious boundary issues.
Raucous festive comedy from I Love You, Man director John Hamburg.
This madcap family yarn opens with an oil drill gone south, as moneyhungry exec Reece Tenneson (Rob Lowe) ignores signs of a subterranean ecosystem and presses on.
The result? Three gasguzzling extra-terrestrials make it to the surface, one of which escapes the clutches of the company’s security goons and takes up residence in the battered, half-built truck of downtrodden high-schooler Tripp (Lucas Till, otherwise known as Havok in the X-Men films).
Cue an unlikely double act and a daring rescue mission to save the tentacled beastie’s imprisoned pals. Along for the inevitably bumpy ride are Oscar nominee Amy Ryan and Don’t Breathe’s Jane Levy.