What's on NOW TV Entertainment | January 2018

By Charlotte Whyatt - Fri 5th Jan 2018 Features

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

David Morrisey Britannia

Britannia season 1

Sky Atlantic’s first original TV series of 2018 is this brand-new historical epic exploring the brutal Roman conquest of the wild and mysterious tribes of Celtic Britain back in 43AD.

Comparisons to the wildly popular Game of Thrones are inevitable, but the various trailers suggest Britannia has opted for a refreshingly different, less serious tone with a bit of quirky self-aware humour, powerful Celtic mysticism and gloriously madcap battle sequences.

Everything in this vibrant, endlessly fascinating world will be brought to life with a great script from the writer of the excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow and a talented cast which includes The Walking Dead’s David Morrisey and True Detective’s Kelly Reilly.

The Orville season 1

Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane’s brand-new series is both a loving homage to beloved sci-fi franchise Star Trek and a very funny sitcom in its own right.

In the 25th century, lazy Union Command officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is given command of exploratory ship the U.S.S Orville and a ragtag crew which includes his ex-wife and First Officer Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), Dr Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), Lt. Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes) and Lt. Commander Bortus (Peter Macon).

Even though some of MacFarlane’s attempts to tackle social issues do fall a bit flat, his script’s great ability to combine clever parody with witty one liners and the cast’s warm, easy chemistry helps to make each episode’s adventure immensely entertaining.

Blood Drive season 1

Roland James’s gleefully violent, campy grindhouse series was sadly cancelled after just one 13-episode outing on SyFy, but fans of brilliantly over-the-top films like Death Proof, Planet Terror, Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun should definitely give it a chance.

In a dystopian future where all cars run on human blood, idealistic police officer Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson) is forced to pair up with Grace (Christina Ochoa) for a bloody, frenzied motor-race across the US which will see them face off against all kinds of schlocky B-movie terrors in a bid to win $10,000.

While Blood Drive is obviously never going to win any awards for its acting, every member of the cast is clearly having a blast with their cartoonish roles and the darkly funny script is surprisingly self-aware.

The Blacklist season 5

Fans will be pleased to know that even in its newly released fifth season The Blacklist remains the perfect antidote to TV’s huge array of grim and needlessly complex crime dramas with an engaging plot, plenty of thrilling action and some really great performances.

Following the shocking revelation made at the end of season four, we find out how FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is managing to balance the news with her increasingly demanding job while an unexpectedly relaxed Redd (James Spader) is attempting to re-build criminal empire.

Spader is undeniably great, delivering a larger-than-life performance as the mysterious Reddington but Boone proves herself more than capable of keeping up with him across the shows many twists and turns.

Agent Carter

The second show on this list to be unfairly cancelled before its time, this lovely looking retro spy series is as a hugely entertainingly addition to the Marvel canon.

While the plot featured across both seasons is your standard, fairly engaging Marvel fare involving the unravelling of a shady conspiracy and they destruction of dangerous, mystical artefacts, Agent Carter’s real strength is its brilliant core cast of characters.

Hayley Atwell is absolutely fantastic in the titular role, tough, irresistibly charming and capable of despatching the 1940s sexism with plenty of witty put-downs. Equally great is James D’Arcy as the droll but loyal butler Jarvis who reluctantly becomes her crime-fighting partner after his employer is forced to go on the run. 

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