What to watch on Now TV: your guide to the new TV shows and movies

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Update: Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is our pick for the week on Now TV for movie lovers, while those looking for a new show to stream should check out the Star Trek spoof The Orville from the creators of Family Guy. Read on for the full run down.

You’re tempted by all those Sky TV shows, but can’t commit to the satellite dish installation and potentially costly monthly fees. Don’t fret! If you’re reading this, you’ve likely just discovered Now TV, Sky’s pay-as-you-view service that lets you access hundreds of movies and TV shows, streamed over the internet and free from the stresses of an ongoing subscription. You’re in for a televisual treat!

But what should you be focussing your gaze on? What Now TV shows are worth ignoring the outside world for, and which movies will give you the sort of bang-for-your-buck action that’d put Steven Spielberg on the edge of his seat?

We’ve handpicked a selection of top titles from Now TV’s newly released TV and film content line-up, guiding you through the best of what’s just arrived on the service. Whether you’re after a new series to binge, or movie to get engrossed in, we’ll be updating this post weekly with our favourite picks, so you never have to waste time trawling through the hundreds of options at your fingertips. 

New movies on Now TV this week

2001: A Space Odyssey 

The greatest sci-fi film of all time? Perhaps! Stanley Kubrick's epic adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel has it all – stunning practical visual effects, a mind-bending story, rogue AI and a wonderful classical-scored soundtrack. A film that invites multiple viewings, you can luxuriate in its influential futuristic aesthetic, as it ponders life, technology, death and the meaning of, well, everything.

More movies recently added to Now TV

Get Out

An indie-outsider done good, Get Out was the surprise hit of 2017. A darkly funny thriller/horror/comedy/social satire hybrid, it follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he meets the parents of his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) for the first time. Could Rose’s family’s stifling attempt to accommodate the interracial relationship be masking some darker secret?

A word of mouth hit, Jordan Peele’s movie proved a revelation, earning it a well-deserved four Oscar nominations at the forthcoming 2018 ceremony.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge: A return to form for the long-running swashbuckling series, with Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow facing off against Javier Bardem’s undead pirate hunter.

Logan: The best X-Men movie yet? Probably. Expected to be Hugh Jackman’s final performance as claw-wielding Wolverine, it’s a brutal and bleak look at a future where the famous superhuman mutants have been all-but wiped out. 

New TV shows on Now TV this week

The Orville

It hasn't been the smash hit many expected from the creator of Family Guy, but Seth Macfarlane's The Orville still has some good gags worthy of its premise. A satirical take on Star Trek, it's at its best when it keeps the jokes coming fast, and not quite so good when it falls into being a Star Trek clone rather than a spoof. Still worth a go though.

More TV shows recently added to Now TV

Britannia

It’s dividing the critics, but if you can’t wait for a new fix of Game of Thrones, Britannia may fill that Westeros-shaped hole in your viewing calendar.

It’s Thrones made by Brits, essentially, and though it claims to have its roots in historical accuracy (it follows the Roman invasion and occupation of Britain during the Iron Age), it is very much from the George R. R. Martin school of storytelling. Expect buckets of blood, lots of sexy human flesh and a fair amount of never-would-have-actually-happened fantasy magic nonsense thrown in too.

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Atlanta: Donald Glover’s amazing comedy set in the eponymous city was overlooked by many in the UK, and is well worth a watch. It centres around two cousins navigating the Atlanta music scene trying to make ends meet, and is as astute as it is hilarious.

Bad Robots: A tech-savvy hidden camera show, there are some good laughs to be had with Bad Robots, where the public come face-to-face with a bunch of unruly robots and tantrum-throwing technology.

Haven’t found what you’re looking for, and want to check some Netflix recommendations instead? Try these in-depth run downs of the best of the best Netflix content: