What's on NOW TV Entertainment | January 2020
Check out our top picks from NOW TV's excellent Entertainment selection.
Brought to TV by Richard Price, creator of HBO’s fantastic crime-drama The Night Of, the first Stephen King adaptation of 2020 is an addictive, wonderfully creepy supernatural thriller which boasts suitably atmospheric directing from Ozark star Jason Bateman.
Ben Mendelsohn plays detective Ralph Anderson who’s tasked with solving the brutal murder of an 11-year-old boy. It seems straightforward at first, but prime suspect Terry Maitland (Bateman), whose fingerprints are all over the crime scene, is able to concretely prove he’d been away on business.
Robert Carlyle stars in Sky’s new original series as the steely Prime Minister in charge of leading the UK through an unprecedented natural disaster. A sudden solar flare causes a huge geomagnetic storm which knocks out the national grid and sees the country rapidly descend into violent chaos.
It’s no Chernobyl, but Cobra’s admittedly absurd premise does make for a very entertaining drama with some genuinely quite tense, thrilling moments. Performances too are excellent, particularly from Carlyle and Victoria Hamilton as his private secretary Anna.
The New Pope
Four years after Jude Law’s impossibly good-looking but horribly conservative Lenny Belardo/Pope Pius XIII hit our screens in The Young Pope, its sequel series arrives bringing with it more stunningly cinematography, soapy scheming and dark humor.
With Belardo lying unresponsive in a coma after his sudden heart attack at the end of last season, the manipulative Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando) appoints John Brannox (John Malkovich) as Pope John Paul III not realising he’s quite so liberal.
Set 40 years in the future, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5 swaps out the brilliantly inept, narcissistic political offices of The Thick of It and its American counterpart Veep for the crew of the titular passenger spaceship that suddenly becomes lost in the cosmos.
With Iannucci’s razor sharp, profanity-laden dialogue and a great cast, which includes Hugh Laurie, Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods and Josh Gad, Avenue 5 is absolutely hilarious and surprisingly quite gripping as the mystery of why they’ve been blown off course slowly starts to unfold.
The Rookie season 2
US police procedural The Rookie follows exactly the same solidly entertaining structure in its second season as it did in its first. There’s plenty more sharp one-liners, relationship drama, explosive action and the charm of its hugely likeable star Nathan Fillion for fans to enjoy.
Two weeks after the events of season 1, Fillion’s determined rookie cop John Nolan and his team, which includes Angela (Alyssa Diaz), Lucy (Melissa O’Neil) and Tim (Eric Winter), must deal with the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Los Angeles as well as robberies, PTSD and a serial killer.
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 £8.99 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 £3.99 a month and provides you with access to great kid channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
The Sky Cinema Pass is £11.99 a month and provides you with access to over 1,000 brilliant films on-demand. For £3.99 a month, the Hayu Pass allows you to stream over 5000 episodes of the best US reality shows including Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
The Sky Sports Pass works a little differently, having three payment options to choose from. You can either go for the Day Pass at £9.99 which will allow you to enjoy the best Sky Sports action for 24 hours, the Week Pass at £14.99, the Month Pass for payment of £33.99.
There's also the Mobile Month Pass for £5.99 which gives you the ability to stream five Sky Sports channels on-the-go straight to your smartphone.
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