This darkly addictive new eight-part drama is an adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name starring Amy Adams as a deeply troubled journalist who’s sent back to her small Southern home town to cover the hunt for a brutal serial killer.
Significantly more twisted than director Jean-Marc Vallée’s other soapier hit Big Little Lies, it has been skillfully imbued with an oppressively hot and eerily haunted atmosphere which helps to create that terrifying idea that something is truly rotten at the heart of suburbia.
Adams is absolutely excellent as usual, managing to make an apathetic character very compelling to watch, and she’s well-matched by Patricia Clarkson as her mother Adora who’s brilliantly melodramatic former debutante has a vicious cold streak.
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man season 3
In a TV landscape that’s overly saturated with superhero TV shows, from Noah Hawley’s amazingly trippy Legion to Netflix’s dire Iron Fist, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man really stands out thanks to a unique and incredibly fun mix of fantastical magic and gritty British police procedural.
Detective Harry Clayton (Jame Nesbitt) heads into Hong Kong’s dangerous criminal underbelly to discover the truth behind his ancient and immensely powerful luck-granting bracelet but finds himself facing off against a brand-new enemy (Rupert Penry-Jones).
A series like this requires a hugely charismatic lead to really succeed and thankfully Nesbitt once again proves he’s more than up to the task, gamely throwing himself into whatever situation the wonderfully fast-paced script presents so that it all remains endlessly watchable.
Sick Note season 2
Former Harry Potter star Rupert Grint and Nick Frost return for another dose of pitch-perfect black comedy in a new six-episode season of Sky Atlantic’s quirky original this month.
Bored slacker Daniel (Grint) and his hilariously incompetent doctor Glennis (Frost) must continue to try and successfully navigate the complex web of lies that they’ve spun in a bid to keep the fact that the former isn’t actually suffering from a terminal illness a secret.
Frost is superb and Grint continues to be an unexpected comedic talent with great timing. Also look out for US actress Lindsay Lohan who, somewhat bizarrely, is set to appear as the daughter of Daniel’s controlling boss.
S.W.A.T season 1
This remake of the 1975 TV series, which was later turned into a feature film starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell, might not be particularly revolutionary, but it’s got enough thrilling action sequences and immensely likeable characters to keep fans of the genre entertained.
Former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Henderson (Shemar Moore) is promoted to the head of an elite L.A SWAT team in a bid to ease the growing racial tensions in his neighbourhood which begin to rise to boiling point after an unarmed black teenager is shot and killed by police.
Heavy complex issues like racism and police brutality are handled surprisingly sensitively and former Criminal Minds star Moore makes for an irresistibly charming lead, sharing an electric chemistry with the rest of the capable cast.
Boardwalk Empire seasons 1 to 5
If you missed Terence Winter’s stunning period drama when it first aired from 2010 to 2014, all 56 amazing episodes are now available for you to enjoy on NOW TV.
The show follows the life of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (an absolutely fantastic Steve Buscemi) a corrupt low-level politician who rises to power in the turbulent prohibition period of the 1920s and 30s to control the vibrant Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Like the similarly acclaimed Mad Men, it’s able to recreate that hugely exciting period in painstaking detail with luxurious set-pieces and stylish costumes so that you always feel fully immersed in that buzzing, dangerous world.
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