What's on NOW TV Entertainment | October 2017

By Charlotte Whyatt - Mon 9th Oct 2017 Features

Check out our top five picks from NOW TV's excellent Entertainment selection. 

The Deuce James Franco

The Deuce season 1

The Wire creator David Simon proves he's able to strike gold twice with this colourful, gritty and compelling look at how the porn industry exploded out of New York City in the 1970s.

Featured amongst the excellent ensemble cast is Hollywood A-lister James Franco who plays both hardworking bar manager Frankie and his charismatic, gambling addicted twin Vincent flawlessly and a brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal as sympathetic prostitute Candy.

Beautiful cinematography is another definite highlight of The Deuce which is able to perfectly depict New York City in all of its grubby but seductive glory. 

The Walking Dead season 8

The popular zombie juggernaut shows no sign of slowing downwith new episodes from its eighth season set to appear weekly on NOW TV from Monday 23rd October only a day after they’ve aired in US.

Although the quality of the last few series has admittedly been quite up and down, early reviews seem to indicate an impressive return to form with a selection of fantastically paced episodes featuring plenty of thrillingly intense action sequences as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies prepare to overthrow the ruthlessly violent Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Most of the large and very entertaining ensemble cast are set to return, including fan favourites Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with two new characters Dillion (casting yet to be annouced) and Abbud (Avi Nash) whose allegiances are as of yet unknown.

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9

After six years away, Larry David's hilariously cringe-worthy sitcom is back for six brand-new episodes this month on NOW TV.

Not much has been released in the way of a plot description, but you can be sure that it will involve using the formidable improvisational talents of its very capable cast to make even the most mundane aspects of David’s everyday life engaging and rib-achingly funny.

In typical Curb style, a number of very funny guest stars are set to appear this season including Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham.

The Gifted season 1

Unlike Marvel’s other recently released TV show Inhumans which has garnered negative reviews across the board, The Gifted makes for another solid entry into the overstuffed superhero cannon with sharp writing and some surprisingly epic battle scenes.

Set in separate universe from all of the other X-Men properties where mutants are persecuted by the US government, we follow the Strucker family who’re forced to go on the run after their two teenage children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hyne White) are revealed to be mutants.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about The Gifted is how it's able to achieve what many of the previous X-Men titles weren’t able to and create a number of complex and genuinely interesting mutant characters who're always fun to watch. 

Divorce season 1

Sharon Horgan's first sitcom after the brilliant Catastrophe might be slightly more melancholic than its predecessor, but happily still contains the same hugely entertaining kind of whip-smart writing and darkly funny sense of humour.

Its bored and disillusioned middle-aged couple Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker in her first TV role since Sex and the City ended in 2004) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) who’re going through the titular messy divorce after her affair with a much younger man is exposed.

Despite having starred in a series of bland rom-coms, here Parker is likeable and charming, proving herself to be a capable comedic actress. Church is as equally great, remaining excellently deadpan throughout and they share a sparkling chemistry which helps to make Divorce very watchable.

What is NOW TV?

NOW TV is a streaming service that allows you to watch a huge range of both live TV and on-demand content. There’s four different passes for you to choose from, either the Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids or Sky Sports, each of which will allow you to watch a specific type of content.

How much is NOW TV?

The Entertainment Pass is £6.99 a month and will allow you to enjoy over 250 different box sets and 11 live TV channels including Sky Atlantic, while the Kids Pass is just £2.99 a month and provides you with access to great kid channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

The Sky Cinema package is £9.99 a month and provides you with access to over 1,000 brilliant films on-demand.

The Sky Sports pass works a little differently, having three different payment options to choose from. You can either go for the Day pass at £6.99 which will allow you to enjoy the best Sky Sports action for 24 hours, the Week Pass at £10.99 or the Month Pass for payment of £33.99.

How do I watch NOW TV?

Now TV is available through a NOW TV set top box or the NOW TV app which can be downloaded for free onto games consoles, tablets, smartphones (both iOS and Android) and standard desktop computers or laptops.

There’s two NOW TV boxes to choose from, the NOW TV box or the NOW TV Smart Box. The NOW TV box starts from £14.99 and obviously depending on which pass you purchase will offer you access to all kinds of entertainment, the ability to watch catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and to download different apps.

The NOW TV Smart Box allows you to do all of this and more by granting you access to over 60 Freeview and 15 HD channels as well as the ability to pause and rewind live TV