True Detective season 3
Lots of very positive reviews indicate that Nic Pizzolatto’s crime-anthology is back on top-form after 2015’s infamously awful second series with a new incredibly compelling mystery that sees troubled Arkansas cop Wayne Hays (a fantastic Mahershala Ali) attempting to solve the strange disappearance of two children across three different timelines.
A few unique narrative elements, like having the truthfulness of the elderly Hays’s recounted memories called into question by his dementia, are cleverly used to keep everything feeling fresh while the cinematography is absolutely stunning and used to excellent effect in creating an immensely dark, haunting atmosphere.
Tin Star season 2
The first season of Sky’s crime-drama was a bit of a mixed bag, with a superb performance from Tim Roth as alcoholic anti-hero cop Jim Worth and some genuinely suspenseful sequences sadly offset by an increasingly convoluted narrative, but hopefully this second series can put it back on the right track.
It’s set to pick up in the immediate aftermath of that chaotic ending as Worth’s fleeing teenage daughter Anna (Abigail Lawrie) decides to take shelter with a nearby religious sect lead by the strange Pastor John (John Lynch). It’s not long however, before another terrifying secret emerges and she’s forced to seek her disgraced Dad’s help once again.
Marvel’s Runaways season 2
The second series of Gossip Girl creators Dan Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s teen superhero drama continues to standout in an overly saturated genre thanks to its interesting central premise, the sparkling chemistry the likeable young cast share and very fun, vibrant aesthetic.
Some of their superpowers are just flat out cool, punk Gert (Ariela Barer) can telepathically control a friendly dinosaur called Old Lace, and refreshingly, the development of the complex friendships between the core cast is given just as much attention as the standard romantic relationships so that they always feels meaningful.
The Passage season 1
The Passage is elevated beyond its status as an enjoyably over-the-top thriller bursting with plenty of great plot twists and entertainingly cheesy dialogue, by the fantastic performance of young child star Saniyya Sidney and her genuinely touching relationship with ex-Special Forces agent Brad Wolgast (a solid Mark-Paul Gosselaar).
Medical facility NOAH has recruited Wolgast to kidnap ten-year-old Amy (Sidney) so that they can test a potential cure-all vaccine, which has turned all of its adult test subjects into vampires, on her. He instead has a change of heart and they go on the run, determined to bring down this shadowy organization once and for all.
Escape at Dannemora
Ben Stiller taking the helm of Showtime’s miniseries about the Shawshank Redemption-like escape of two convicted murderers from New York’s Clinton prison in 2015 might sound quite strange, but the comedy star has managed to craft a dark, intense and incredibly gripping character-driven drama.
While Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano both give absolutely solid performances as intelligent but dangerously manipulative inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat respectively, it’s Golden Globe winner Patricia Arquette who really shines as the bored prison guard who aided in their escape.
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