Sky looks to the summer with one of the few blockbuster movies that made it to the cinema last year, Tenet.
Updated 28-Apr-2021: Rent-a-Pal (11th May) - The Secrets We Keep (14th May) - The Broken Hearts Gallery (21st May) - Breaking News in Yuba County (28th May) - The Queen's Corgi (29th May) - Echo Boomers (Date TBC) - The Roads Not Taken (Date TBC)
Updated 29-Apr-2021: Silent Night (12th May) - Let It Snow (13th May) - The Broken Hearts Gallery (moved, 15th May) - Under the Stadium Lights (16th May) - The Wacky Hen (17th May) - Tremors: Shrieker Island (18th May) - Knuckledust (19th May) - The Sinners (20th May) - Rambo: Last Blood (21st May) - The Roads Not Taken (confirmed, 22nd May) - Echo Boomers (confirmed, 23rd May) - Away (24th May) - Benny Loves You (25th May) - Deep Murder (26th May) - Breeders S2 (confirmed 27th May) - Stardust (27th May) - Spell (30th May) - The Elfkins (31st May)
Updated 06-May-2021: The United Way (24th May)
After some recent notable movie premieres bagged by Sky including the BAFTA/Oscar winning Promising Young Woman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Sky Cinema continues its run of crowd pleasers with Tenet on 7th May. Christopher Nolan’s action thriller was unfairly burdened with the notion that it was going to ‘save cinema’ in the middle of a pandemic, and while it was not in a position to do that, it did itself no favours with a dense plot and even denser soundtrack, with many suggesting Nolan’s cerebral actioner bubble may have burst. Now Sky subscribers can check it out at their leisure and make up their own minds whether it was worth all the fuss last year.
Also coming is Bruce Willis’s Cosmic Sin (which precisely no-one thought would save cinema) showing from 1st May.
Meanwhile, new TV series include the anticipated The Nevers with its X-Women in Victorian London premise and comedy series Bloods which brings together its mismatched paramedic partners in the form of Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo.
As it stands, the full May Sky Cinema lineup has also yet to be confirmed, so keep checking back for updates.
(Requires Sky Cinema subscription or Now Sky Cinema Pass)
Cosmic Sin (2021, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Bruce Willis, Frank Grillo, Brandon Thomas Lee, Dir. Edward Drake)
Four hundred years after humans started colonising the outer planets, retired military General James Ford is called back into service after soldiers on a remote planet are attacked by a hostile alien fleet. To prevent the threat against the human race escalating, Ford must team up with General Eron Ryle (Grillo) and lead a team of seven elite soldiers in a race to stop the imminent attack before it’s too late.
Happily (2021, Comedy, Crime, Romance. Kerry Bishé, Joel McHale, Al Madrigal, Dir + Scr. BenDavid Grabinski)
In this dark romantic comedy, Tom and Janet have been happily married for years. But a visit from a mysterious stranger leads to a dead body, a lot of questions, and a tense couples' trip with friends who may not actually be friends at all.
Aliens Stole My Body (2020, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery, Bruce Coville, Voice: George Takei, Dir. Sean McNamara)
Galactic Patrol member Deputy Rod Allbright's body is stolen by B'KR, the most fiendish villain in the galaxy. Stranded on a mysterious planet, the young heroes embark on a mission to find the only being who can get it back - Rod's dad, Art Allbright.
Say Your Prayers (2019, Comedy, Crime, Drama. Will Barton, Harry Melling, Tom Brooke, Roger Allum, Derek Jacobi, Dir. Harry Michell)
Tin and Vic, two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen, venture to rural Ilkley under the instruction of Father Enoch. Their mission: assassinate Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer. Typically, things do not go according to plan - well, God does work in mysterious ways! Now Tim and Vic are stuck in town during Ilkley's busiest weekend and the mission must still be completed - that's providing Vic’s rage, Tim’s doubts or the efforts of a foul-mouthed detective on their trail don't get in the way first.
Deliver Us From Evil (2020, Action, Crime, Thriller. International: South Korea. Jung-min Hwang, Jung-jae Lee, Park Jeong Min, Dir. Won-Chan Hong)
An assassin with plans to retire goes to Thailand in order to solve a kidnapping case linked to him, and finds himself relentlessy pursued by a notorious mobster whose sibling he killed.
Son of the South (2020, True Life, Drama. Lucas Till, Jim Klock, Michael Sirow, Brian Dennehy, Dir. Barry Alexander Brown)
In the Summer of 1961 in Montgomery, Alabama, a Klansman's grandson must choose which side of history to be on during the Civil Rights Movement. Defying his family and white Southern norms, he risks everything to fight against social injustice, repression and violence to change the world around him.
Executive produced by Spike Lee and based on Bob Zellner's autobiography, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek," Son of the South features the great Brian Dennehy’s final performance.
Tenet (2020, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller. John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dir + Scr. Christopher Nolan)
Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a C.I.A. troubleshooter known only as the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
Tenet’s VFX team was awarded both the BAFTA and the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in its representation of, not time travel… but ‘time inversion’.
The Buddy Games aka Buddy Games (2019, Comedy. Dan Bakkedahl, Kevin Dillon, Josh Duhamel, Olivia Munn, Dax Shephard, Dir. Josh Duhamel)
A group of six lifelong friends reunite after a five-year hiatus to engage in a wild assortment of absurd physical dares and mental challenges to help lift one of their own out of depression and also have a chance of winning $150K. This set of challenges is dubbed 'The Buddy Games' and in the process, they'll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship.
Trailer NSFW … or anyone really.
Dead Reckoning (2020, Action, Thriller. K.J. Apa, Scott Adkins, India Eisley, Dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak)
During a picturesque summer on the Nantucket coast, Niko and Tillie are living the dream of a summer romance as Tillie is slowly recovering from a recent tragedy. However, when his terrorist brother comes to the United States, Niko must pit himself against his own family in order to protect the woman he loves and save thousands of innocent people.
A thriller inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
The Fairy Princess & the Unicorn (2019, Animation, Adventure, Family. Voices: Madison Mullahey, Jessica Webb, Olivia Manning, Dirs. Aina Järvine, Federico Milella)
In the far away land of Bayala, a world full of fairies living in harmony with nature, the peace is shattered when evil shadow fairy queen Ophira steals the precious dragon’s eggs – the source of the kingdom’s magic. With all of Bayala in danger, hope arises when an egg is found and the brave Princess Surah and her companions go on an adventurous journey to save their kingdom.
Rent-a-Pal (2020, Horror, Drama, Thriller. Brian Landis Folkins, Wil Wheaton, Kathleen Brady, Dir. Jon Stevenson) - added 28-Apr-2021
It’s 1990 and lonely bachelor David searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his irritable, dementia-ravaged mother. While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-a-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy, the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship - but it comes at a cost.
Silent Night (2020, Crime , Thriller. Bradley Taylor, Cary Crankson, Frank Harper, Dir + Scr. Will Thorne) - added 29-Apr-2021
Mark, a low end South London hitman recently released from prison, tries to go straight for his daughter. But, struggling to find decent work, he gets drawn back to his old ways by Alan, his former cellmate and Caddy, a local crime boss, with the promise of a big payday for one final job.
Let It Snow (2020, Horror, Thriller. Ivanna Sakhno, Mariam Sulakadze, Olga Sulzhenko, Dir. Stanislav Kapralov)
Mia and her fiancé are headed to Black Ridge, a challenging mountain range that has claimed the lives of many. The locals believe there is more at play than just Mother Nature and they could be right. When Mia is separated from her fiancé, she finds herself face to face with a killer - a relentless force tracking her through the snow covered mountains…
The Secrets We Keep (2020, Drama, Thriller. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina, Dir. Yuval Adler) - added 28-Apr-2021
In post WWII America, Romanian refugee Maja is quietly rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband and son. Just when she thinks the trauma of her war torn past is behind her, Maja sees someone she thinks she recognises - a German soldier instrumental in her suffering 15 years ago. Now Maja risks everything she’s built around her as she seeks revenge on her tormentor.
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020, Comedy, Romance. Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Dir. Natalie Krinsky) - moved 29-Apr-2021
Twenty-something art gallery assistant Lucy is an emotional hoarder who’s finding it hard to move on from her latest break up, despite the best efforts of her friends. After bumping into Nick, the pair hit upon the idea of a pop-up space where love’s losers can offload the trinkets and memorabilia from previous relationships that are holding them back. Thus, The Broken Hearts Gallery is born and with it comes some much needed healing for Lucy herself.
Under the Stadium Lights (2021, True Life, Drama, Sport. Laurence Fishburne, Abigail Hawk, Milo Gibson, Dir Todd Randall) - added 29-Apr-2021
Based on the nonfiction book Brother's Keeper by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell, Under the Stadium Lights is the inspirational true story of the Abilene Eagles, a small-town high school football team, who beat challenges both on and off the field to win the state championship, despite everyone counting them out.
The Wacky Hen aka Turu, the Wacky Hen (2019, Animation, Adventure, Family) - added 29-Apr-2021
As the only hen on the farm that can't lay eggs, Turu becomes a laughingstock among the rest of the chickens but her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sold to a music teacher and then joins a circus, only to become its star.
Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020, Action, Adventure, Comedy. Michael Gross, Jon Heder, Richard Brake) - added 29-Apr-2021
When a wealthy playboy unleashes Graboids, Shriekers and Ass Blasters on a tropical island, two of the nature reserve's top scientists recruit Burt Gummer, monster hunter extraordinaire, to eradicate the infestation.
Knuckledust (2020, Action, Thriller. Olivier Richters, Phil Davis, Kate Dickie, Dir. James Kermack) - added 29-Apr-2021
When police kick open the doors of underground fight den, Club Knuckledust, they find the place filled with the dead bodies of fighters. Only one man, barely breathing, is still alive. With a shady Government official en route to take him away, Chief Inspector Katherine Keaton and her team have ninety minutes to interrogate the man to find out if he is the lone survivor or a multiple murderer. With lies flying from everyone's mouths and corruption becoming apparent, Keaton starts to wonder "Who is the real criminal?"
The Sinners aka The Color Rose (2020, Drama, Thriller. Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Llewellyn, Brenna Coates, Dir. Courtney Paige) - added 29-Apr-2021
An A-List girl clique starts a secret cult where each of them must embody one of the seven deadly sins. However, they soon realise there's more to their small religious town when they become the target of an unknown killer after a harmless prank goes horribly wrong.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019, Action, Thriller. Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Dir. Adrian Grünberg) - added 29-Apr-2021
Eleven years after the events in Burma, John Rambo is living in Arizona at the family horse ranch in peace and isolation. But when his adopted niece is kidnapped and trafficked into prostitution, Rambo decides to to unearth his ruthless combat skills and travel to Mexico to rescue her and confront the cartels.
Despite poor reviews and a lacklustre Box Office, rumours persist of a follow up to Last Blood, either as another sequel, this time set on the Native American reservation that Rambo supposedly grew up on or as a prequel looking at the character’s youth.
The Roads Not Taken (2020, Drama. Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Branka Katic, Dir +Scr. Sally Potter) - moved 29-Apr-2021
Leo’s dementia is causing his mind to break and during a day in New York with his grown daughter Molly, he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.
Mirroring Leo’s fractured thoughts and memories, The Roads Not Taken’s narrative interweaves the different paths Leo’s life could have taken place if he’d made different decisions.
Echo Boomers (2020, Action, Crime, Drama. Michael Shannon, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Alex Pettyfer, Dir. Seth Savoy) - moved 29-Apr-2021
Based on a true story, five college graduates decide the best way to get back at the unfair economy and live the life they've always wanted is to steal from Chicago's rich few. But it’s more than just about greed, it’s about sending a message that the system is broken and they intend to break it some more.
Away (2019, Animation, Adventure, Family. Dir. Gints Zilbalodis) - added 29-Apr-2021
A boy escapes a plane crash and parachutes onto land, where he finds a motorbike and an injured bird. With these, he sets off to reach an initially unknown goal, pursued by a shadowy giant monster, which drains life from every living being that crosses its path.
Away is an award winning film driven by a wordless narrative.
Benny Loves You (2019, Comedy, Horror, Drama. Karl Holt, Claire Cartwright, George Collie, Dir + Scr. Karl Holt) - added 29-Apr-2021
After the death of his parents, Jack’s comfortable lifestyle comes to an end and he must sell his family home. Desperate to move on, he throws out all his childhood belongings – including Benny, his beloved plush animal. This proves to be a move that has disastrous consequences when Benny springs to life with deadly intentions.
Deep Murder (2019, Comedy, Horror. Katie Aselton, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Jerry O'Connell, Dir. Nick Corirossi) - added 29-Apr-2021
This raunchy horror comedy sees a deranged killer slash their way across a soft core porno movie, offing stars and filmmakers alike. Who will last the longest as the stiffs pile up and the killer ploughs through his victims?
Features a line up of characters such as Hugh Dangler, Richard Dangler, Jace Jizz, Sexy Plumber, Pizza Boy and Hot Cop - who all sound like they deserve to meet a sticky end!!
Stardust (2020, True Life, Drama, Music. Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron, Jena Malone, Dir. Gabriel Range) - added 29-Apr-2021
In 1971, singer David Bowie takes his first trip to America in an effort to promote his new album The Man Who Sold the World - a record that nobody likes. With U.S. publicist Ron Oberman as his only real supporter on the trip Bowie re-examines his approach to his craft and the iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust is born.
Breaking News in Yuba County (2021, Comedy, Crime, Drama. Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Dir. Tate Taylor) - added 28-Apr-2021
Sue Buttons, an underappreciated suburban wife, is in a bind. The local community thinks her husband is missing, but he’s not. He’s dead. However, after being overlooked for so long Sue is getting a taste for being a cause célèbre and the attention it brings and plays along with efforts to find him.
Sue quickly finds herself in over her head, dodging cops, criminals and local reporters all aiming to uncover the truth as she goes to exaggerated lengths to prolong her “15 minutes of fame” and keep the truth from coming out.
The Queen’s Corgi (2019, Animation, Comedy, Family. Voices (UK) Jack Whitehall, Julie Walters, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith, Jon Culshaw, Dirs. Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen) - added 28-Apr-2021
The British monarch's favorite dog Rex gets himself lost from the palace and finds himself at a dog fight club. He then begins his long journey to find his way back home.
Spell (2020, Horror, Thriller. Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, Lorraine Burroughs, Dir. Mark Tonderai) - added 29-Apr-2021
While flying to his father's funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis to lose control of the plane carrying himself and his family. He soon awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise's attic. Eloise claims she can nurse him back to health with a hoodoo figure she's made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
The Elfkins aka The Elfkins: Baking a Difference (2019, Animation, Action, Comedy) - added 29-Apr-2021
Once the legendary Elfkins of Cologne secretly helped craftsmen at night until they were ousted by a tailor's malevolent wife 200 years ago. Now they live underground avoiding the “ungrateful and mean” human beings. However, one day, curious Helvi climbs up to the surface to find a more meaningful life and bumps into the initially grumpy pastry chef Theo, who reminds her and all the other Elfkins of their true purpose in life: helping others!
(Requires Sky TV subscription, Now Entertainment Pass)
Bloods (2021, S1) Sky One - all six episodes available
New comedy which follows an unlikely paramedic pairing of tough acting loner Maleek (Samson Kayo, moving on from his recent turn as Elton John - no, not that one - on the just-cancelled Truth Seekers) and overly friendly divorcee Wendy (Jane Horrocks from Trollied and Little Voice) as they and their colleagues deal with saving lives across South London.
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (2016, S1) FOX UK
Cooper Barrett, along with his friends/roommates Barry and Neal, are exploring what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about. Complicating things, Cooper is seriously attracted to neighbour Kelly and continues to ignore advice from his brother Josh and sister in law Leslie.
Ditched after one series (actually cancelled while the first series was airing!) this is another of Fox UK’s single season purchases of older, cancelled series to fill up schedules depleted by production hold ups due to Covid-19.
Matt Deighton: Overshadowed (2021) Sky Arts
Who is Matt Deighton? Really. Starting in 90s acid jazz band Mother Earth, Deighton became a highly respected guitarist for the likes of Paul Weller and went on to replace Noel Gallagher in Oasis before releasing his own solo material. His success was punctuated by self imposed periods of lengthy exile as he dealt with bouts of manic depression and self doubt, which both fuelled and hampered his creativity.
This documentary guides the viewer through Matt’s significant contribution to the British music scene with a soundtrack of his material and contributions from his friends and collaborators including Chris Difford, Bill Fay, Paul Weller, Steve White, Damon Minchella, Marti Pellow, Kathryn Williams and Carleen Anderson.
Airs during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Domina (2021, S1) Sky Atlantic
The life and rise of Livia Drusilla - from naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress. Livia is driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons as the powerful wife of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. As she navigates her way through a brutal society by means of strategy, conspiracy, seduction and murder, Livia will soon discover that seizing power is not enough: you must be able to keep it when everyone else wants it.
Filmed in the historic Cinecitta Studios in Rome and grounded in historical accuracy, the eight-part series stars Kasia Smutniak, Isabella Rossellini, Matthew McNulty, Ben Batt and Liam Cunningham and will be a box-set too as it airs exclusively in all Sky territories, in Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain.
The Nevers (2021, S1a) - Sky Atlantic
In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is rocked to the foundation by a supernatural event that gives rise to the “Touched”: people - mostly women - who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities, some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, determined to shelter and protect their fellow gifted “orphans.” But to do so, they will have to face brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.
The ensemble cast includes Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, Amy Manson, Pip Torrens, Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Ella Smith, Nick Frost and Ben Chaplin.
Created by Joss Whedon, who stepped away from the project, citing the challenge of producing a brand new series in a pandemic, the second batch of 6 episodes will be shown at a yet to be determined date.
Chrissie Hynde sings Bob Dylan (2021) Sky Arts
A brand new feature documentary following the founder of The Pretenders as she spends 15 weeks in lockdown working on ten new covers of Bob Dylan’s timeless classics.
The film will air on Dylan’s 80th birthday.
The United Way (2021, Sky Original Documentary) Sky Documentaries - added 06-May-2021
As told by, co-written by and featuring Eric Cantona, The United Way is the epic story of Manchester United, its home city and a man who did more than most to bring success to both.
Cantona shares his unique insights on this iconic football club with contributions from a galaxy of United stars and stalwarts - such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson, Brian Kidd, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Butt, Peter Schmeichel, the late Tommy Docherty and many more.
Breeders (2021, S2) Sky One - all ten episodes available on demand
Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard star in a comedy that exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being angry enough to want to launch them there.
Season two sees Paul, Ally and the kids experience a whole new set of ‘rock and a hard place' issues. This collaboration between Sky and FX airs on Sky One in the UK and FX on Hulu in the US.
The Live Revival (2021) Sky Arts
A new three-part series celebrating the small music venues around the UK that gave so many musicians and groups their first break in front of an audience. Now hard-hit and facing the new challenge of a Covid restricted society, many of these much-loved pubs and clubs are increasingly under threat.
An array of world class acts and breakthrough artists including Paul Weller, The Fratellis, James and The Charlatans revisit the regional venues they gigged in at the start of their careers to give exclusive one-off performances in a bid to spotlight these valuable musical resources.
MacGyver (2021, S5, Final) Sky One
Remake of the classic 80’s series. Lucas Till takes on the iconic Richard Dean Anderson role as Angus "Mac" MacGyver, an operative of a secret U.S. government organization, the Phoenix Foundation, which masquerades as a think tank. MacGyver prefers to use his extraordinary talent for problem solving and his extensive knowledge of science to save the day, using paper clips, candles and gum rather than bombs and guns.
It was recently confirmed that the fifth season of MacGyver will be the last one - invent your way out of that one Mac!
S.W.A.T. (2021, S4) Sky One
Drama following sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson of a Los Angeles based S.W.A.T. unit. A former marine born and bred in the neighbourhood he is now sworn to protect, Hondo is perfectly placed to lead the team and build a bridge between the force and the community.
City on a Hill (2021, S2) Sky Atlantic
Kevin Bacon stars as corrupt but venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rohr, who reluctantly teams with African American DA Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge). Together, their unlikely alliance subverts the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
In season 2, Rohr is back, looking to exploit Boston's criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, ADA Ward is onto his latest misstep.
So that’s it for May 2021. Let us know what you think about the lineup in the comments section. As new content is added, we’ll update the listing, so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out