In The Long Run season 1
Created by and starring The Wire’s Idris Elba, Sky One’s brand-new comedy series is loosely based on the Golden Globe winners colorful childhood growing up on an East London council estate in the 1980s.
Walter Easmon (Elba), his wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah) and son Kobna (Sammy Kamara) live a quiet and fairly ordinary life, until the arrival of his larger-than-life brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) from Sierra Leone throws everything into a happy state of chaos.
A talented team, who’ve previously worked on the side-splitting Alpha Papa and charming sitcom Moone Boy, have been brought on to bring Elba’s vision to life with a fantastically funny and heartwarming script which is packed with plenty of quirky 80 references.
Seal Team season 1
Although Seal Team does suffer from a formulaic plot, some genuinely suspenseful, well-crafted action sequences and surprisingly smart political undertones combine to create an enjoyable slice of escapism.
We follow the Bravo team, an elite unit of the Navy SEALs led by the typically hardened and emotionally distant Jason Hayes (Angel’s David Boreanaz) who’s trying to deal with the recent loss of a fellow operative, as they embark on a dangerous missions all over the world.
The whole Bravo team, which also includes Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr and AJ Buckley, all share a very fun, easy chemistry and are able to imbue the stereotypical tough guy tropes that the script presents with some real heart so their interactions always feel nicely real.
Crashing season 2
Not to be confused with the excellent Channel 4 series of the same name, the absolutely hilarious and often quite sweet Crashing is a semi-autobiographical series starring the clean-cut, always upbeat comedian Pete Holmes as a slightly fictionalized version of himself.
Having now found a more permanent residence, Holmes continues to pursue his dream of becoming a successful stand-up comedian while working at a local ice-cream parlour and hanging out with his famous friends who include Silicon Valley’s TJ Miller, Sarah Silverman and Hannibal Buress.
Crashing is able to differentiate itself from similar types of shows like Louie by adopting a pleasantly light-hearted tone and portraying Holmes’s naturally kind, sunny demeanor as something positive rather than weak and sappy.
Billions season 3
Judging from the recently released trailer, the third season of this incredibly gripping white collar drama set in the glossy, high-stakes world of Wall Street promises to be just as wonderfully tense and compelling as before.
Now corrupt hedge-fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis) has been arrested, the rivalry between him and U.S attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), who’s responsible for putting him there, has been raised to intense new heights as both vow not to rest until they’ve destroyed the other.
Both Lewis and Giamatti put in two absolute powerhouse performances and are capably supported by Maggie Siff as Rhoades’s conflicted wife Wendy and one of TV’s first gender binary characters the scheming Taylor (Asia Kate Dillion).
Nashville season 6
Callie Khouri’s enjoyably soapy series returns to NOW TV this month for one final season of brilliantly over-the-top drama, great country music covers, complicated romances and hopefully a happy ending for all of the increasingly unlucky characters.
After being publicly humiliated for stealing Maddie’s (Lennon Stella) song, depressed Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is desperately trying to get her career back on track while Deacon (Charles Esten) struggles to cope as the new head of Highway 65 records and Scarlett (Clare Bowen) adjusts to the newly-single life.
The storylines might now feel a bit familiar, but all of the actors (particularly the effortlessly charismatic Panettiere) gamely give it all they’ve got so the increasingly strange situations feel endlessly 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