What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022

After Sky

by Andy Bassett

September would appear to be Kenneth Branagh month on Sky as he appears both in front of (though you might not recognise him!) and behind the camera in two high profile outings.

Updated 11-Aug-2022: Bloods S2b (1st Sep; confirmed) - Forged in Fire S9 (1st Sep; confirmed) - Belfast (2nd Sep; confirmed) - The Slow Mo Guys' Big Adventures S1 (2nd Sep; confirmed) - Trolls: TrollsTopia S2 (2nd Sep; confirmed) - The American Presidency with Bill Clinton (2nd Sep; new) - Brassic S4 (7th Sep; confirmed) - This England (21st Sep, confirmed)

Updated 12-Aug-2022: Russell Howard Hour (8th Sep; confirmed)

Updated 18-Aug-2022, Paramount+: Minx S1 (TBC) - Savage River (TBC) - Son of a Critch S1 (TBC)


As September heralds the summer wind down, settle down to longer nights and cooler days with new content making its way to Sky and Paramount+.

The UK’s recent tumultuous political landscape is examined in This England, a high profile, 5-part dramatisation in which Sir Kenneth Branagh transforms into former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and which documents his attempts to navigate the country through the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Tory Party’s stabs at negotiating a workable Brexit deal. While the inner workings of government can sometimes be a tad dry in the retelling, such has been the breakneck impact of rampant global and local political events that This England may well feel like a run through a new season of 24 with Boris as Jack Bauer!

Sir Ken’s second contribution to Sky’s offerings comes in the form of Belfast, his elegiac tale of the early days of the Troubles in late 60’s Northern Ireland set against a coming of age tale which sees a family pulling together as sectarian strains appear.

Other movies include Sky Original After Yang - a Sci-Fi meditation on life in the vein of Spielberg’s A.I but without the more flashy futuristic elements, plus blockbuster game adaptation Uncharted.

There’re several returning Sky mainstays including the second half of season two of paramedic comedy Bloods (Sky clearly taking a leaf out of the Netflix, Disney+ playbook in splitting seasons up here) as well as season 4 of comedy drama Brassic.

Panel and chat shows from yesteryear crop up with a second outing for Never Mind the Buzzcocks while the fondly remembered Fantasy Football League resurfaces on Sky after nearly two decades with a familiar feel but new hosts, and just in time for the World Cup too.

Moving to Paramount+ and there’s another re-appearance after a long absence here too (this time 42 years!) with Jon Bernthal taking over from Richard Gere in a continuation of the American Gigolo tale over eight episodes - surely Paramount isn’t cynically mining its decades old IP for new streaming exclusives!? Still, Bernthal’s usually a safe pair of loafers.


Here’s a closer look at the best on offer in September.

Note: This is a preview, so content is liable to suffer from Sky’s constant schedule tinkering and some air dates have not been confirmed yet. We’ll update the article with new information as it becomes available so please check back on a regular basis and watch the comments section for notification updates.


Movie Premieres

(Requires Sky Cinema subscription or Now Cinema Pass)

2nd September

Belfast (2021, True Events, Coming-of-Age, Drama, Cert: 12. Jude Hill, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Dir. + Scr. Kenneth Branagh) - confirmed 11-Aug-2022

Set against the tumult of late 1960's Northern Ireland, 9-year-old Buddy spends his time with his family - Ma, Pa Granny and Pops - and playing in the local streets near his house with his friends. But the stable and loving community begins to unravel as simmering political and sectarian winds blow through his neighbourhood in a sudden explosion of violence which leads Ma and Pa to consider whether the family’s future might be more secure in England. Suddenly, Buddy is faced with leaving behind all the joy and laughter of his hometown, as well as his beloved grandparents and the Catholic girl he has recently become firm friends with.

Kenneth Branagh turned his recollections of growing up in Belfast into a personal and joyful story that reaped Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe recognition as a well as a Golden Raspberry Redeemer Award for Jamie Dornan after his Razzie nod for Fifty Shades Darker in 2018.

Movies & TV Review

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Belfast (4K Dolby Vision) Movie Review

Belfast (4K Dolby Vision) Movie Review

by Cas Harlow ·
Kenneth Branagh's impressively framed snapshot of The Troubles revisits a painful bit of history through the wide-eyed lens of a coming of age drama.  
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22nd September (Thursday)

After Yang (2022, Drama, Sci-Fi, Cert: PG. Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Justin H. Min, Dir. + Scr. Kogonada)

Jake and Kyra live with their adopted daughter Mika and her A.I. companion Yang. When Yang malfunctions and becomes unresponsive, Jake searches for a way to repair rather than replace him. In the process, Jake discovers life that has been passing by in front of him and sets him on a parallel journey to reconnect with his wife and daughter across a distance he didn't appreciate was there.

Based on the short story Saying Goodbye to Yang by Alexander Weinstein, After Yang gets a simultaneous theatrical and Sky Cinema release.


Airdates TBC:

Marry Me (2021, Romance, Music, Comedy, Cert: 12. Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma, John Bradley, Dir. Kat Coiro)

Music superstars and celebrity power couple Kat Valdez and Bastian plan to get married and exchange vows live onstage at one of Kat’s concerts before a live audience of 20 million fans. However, when Kat discovers at the last minute that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides the only way to move forward is to shake things up by accepting what she thinks is a proposal by stranger Charlie, a random man in the crowd who is there with his daughter.

What begins as an impulsive reaction evolves into an unexpected romance under the constant glare of the limelight. But are their worlds just too different for love to last?

The 355 (2020, Action, Thriller, Cert: 12. Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Lupita Nyong'o, Diane Kruger, Dir. Simon Kinberg)

When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, wild card CIA agent Mason "Mace" Brown has to go off the grid without Agency back up and so joins forces with an international array of skilled agents on a lethal mission to retrieve it. As the team tracks the weapon across the globe, they are pursued by a mysterious woman at every turn.

Movies & TV Review

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The 355 (4K HDR) Movie Review

The 355 (4K HDR) Movie Review

by Cas Harlow ·
The disaster artist who got Dark Phoenix wrong twice presses the button on a Luc Besson-trademarked generic action movie randomiser for yet another piece of shockingly directed slick trash, wasting the ensemble female cast that got it greenlit in the first place.  
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Uncharted (2021, Action, Adventure, Cert: 12. Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, Dir. Ruben Fleischer)

Street-smart grifter Nathan ‘Nate’ Drake works as a bartender in New York City where he hustles to make ends meet. When Nate is approached by seasoned treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan who is looking to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago, he agrees to join the search. Together, Nate and Sully decipher the clues that are keeping one of the world’s oldest mysteries hidden as they are pursued across the globe by Monocada, a ruthless businessman who believes his family is the rightful beneficiary of the treasure. With $5 billion at stake, the chase is on but for Nate, the prospect of finding out what happened to his long lost brother, Sam, is what is really driving him.

Principal photography on Uncharted began on March 16, 2020 but had to be shut later the same day as Covid restrictions were suddenly introduced. Filming restarted a few months later and the project suffered a protracted production up until October 2020 - par for the course really given its years in development hell! Reshoots took place in July 2021 and the film was finally released on 18th Feb 2022.

Uncharted will be showing on Netflix in the US from 5th Aug 2022.

Movies & TV Review

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Uncharted Movie Review

Uncharted Movie Review

by Tom Davies ·
Sony adapts the beloved series of videogames by Naughty Dog for the big screen, bringing along a likeable Tom Holland and a regrettable Mark Wahlberg for the ride. But can it be better than the sum of its parts?  
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Movies & TV Review

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Uncharted 4K Blu-ray Review

Uncharted 4K Blu-ray Review

by Mark Costello ·
The movie that was adapted from a videogame that stole wholesale from a fistful of movies… the cycle is now complete, and cinema has actually started to eat itself with this damp squib of an actioner from Sony and their new PlayStation Productions.  
5
Gaming Review

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) Review

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) Review

by Rik Henderson ·
Play as Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer in their own standalone adventures as they are forced to confront their pasts and forge their own legacies in this collection which includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, remastered for PS5.  
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TV Shows on Sky/NOW

(Requires Sky TV subscription, Now Entertainment Pass)

1st September (Thursday)

Bloods (2022, S2b, Sky Original Comedy Series, Sky Comedy) - confirmed 11-Aug-2022

Tough-acting loner Maleek and over-friendly divorcee Wendy are a pair of mismatched paramedics in a South London ambulance station.

Bloods returns for its second tranche of episodes for season 2 and picks up after New Year's Eve when the South Hill team were kept hard at work with Jo and a newly single Lawrence working together on a booze bus. Now Jo is absent from work after Lawrence’s rejection of her and there’s potential fallout over Wendy and Maleek’s misdiagnosis of Jack.

The show’s returning cast includes: Lucy Punch as boisterous station boss Jo, Julian Barratt as Lawrence plus Adrian Scarborough, Aasiya Shah, Kevin Garry, Sam Campbell while Katherine Kelly joins the cast as the ambulance stations acting counsellor and Nathan Foad plays Wendy's son Spencer.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Bloods S2, Eps 6-10 are on Sky Comedy in September 2022

Forged in Fire (2022, S9, Reality Series, Sky History) - new 11-Aug-2022

The best bladed weapon-makers in the country go head-to-head building everything from Viking battle axes to Samurai swords to Indian claw daggers. There will be new weapons and contestants every week, and stunning tests of their creations. Judged by an esteemed panel of unimpeachable weapons experts, the race to create the episode's weapon of choice is a journey through weapon history under Mission Impossible time constraints with an explosive finale. The winner leaves with $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Forged in Fire Champion'.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Forged in Fire S9 is on Sky History in September 2022

2nd September (Friday)

The Slow Mo Guys' Big Adventures (2022, S1, Children's Science/History Show, Sky Kids)

YouTube stars Gav and Dan, otherwise known as The Slow Mo Guys, recreate some of history’s most explosive developments and film it all in the only way they know how - at thousands of frames per second. The pair examine Archimedes’ key engineering principles, Tian Li's invention of gunpowder in ancient China and the Wright brother's struggle to motorise flight: all to understand each important key breakthrough, why it was necessary and what important scientific discoveries needed to be made.

Written by Horrible Histories creator, Terry Deary, and interspersed with animations, each episode is packed with memorable characters, explosive experiments, and appealing (and appalling) historical stories.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
The Slow Mo Guys Big Adventures S1 is on Sky Kids in September 2022

Trolls: TrollsTopia (2022, S2, Kids, Hulu/Peacock Animated Series, Sky Kids)

The fun continues in TrollsTopia as the residents celebrate the launch of the new Metroll Station train system and Dad-urday! However, with friendships between the tribes stronger than ever and all the neighbourhoods now connected, Poppy suddenly realises she accidentally excluded an entire tribe from TrollsTopia when Chaz, a smooth jazz troll arrives. To make amends, Poppy endeavours to do everything she can to make her new friend feel at home.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Trolls: TrollsTopia S2 is on Sky Kids in September 2022

The American Presidency with Bill Clinton (2022, Docuseries, Sky History) - new 11-Aug-2022

Damaging sex scandals not withstanding, former President Clinton is one of the few men alive who understands the often-agonising responsibility of being the Decider-in-Chief at the eye of the storm at critical moments of US history. In this is six-part series, Clinton - along with a team of expert contributors - will share his experience and beliefs. Each episode takes on a different theme in US history; Race, Rights, Extremism, Global Power, Vision, and Economic Might.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
The American Presidency with Bill Clinton is on Sky History in September 2022

5th September (Monday)

1972 - Munich’s Black September (2022, Documentary, Sky Documentaries)

Feature length documentary marking the 50-year anniversary of the tragic events that shocked the world at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games which saw eleven Israeli athletes and a West German police officer killed by terrorists from The Black September group.


7th September (Wednesday)

Brassic (2022, S4, Sky Original Comedy/ Drama Series - Sky Max)

Vinnie O'Neill and the gang are back in Hawley causing more mayhem as they hatch eccentric plans, complete questionable heists and appropriate bizarre items. Vinnie, Erin, Tommo, Dylan, Ashley, JJ, Cardi, Carol, Sugar, farmer Jim, and Dr. Chris bounce from one poorly planned disaster to another as they discover severed body parts, train racing dogs, put up with unexpected guests and cause mayhem at a murder mystery night. It’s all par for the course in Hawley.

Based on the true-life misadventures of BAFTA nominated lead actor and co-creator Joe Gilgun, Brassic also stars Michelle Keegan, Dominic West, Damien Molony and Tom Hanson.


8th September (Thursday)

The Russell Howard Hour (2022, S6, Sky Original Comedy Show, Sky Max)

Comedian Russell Howard returns to put the world to rights with a new series of The Russell Howard Hour, tackling the big news stories with his trademark irreverence. As with all his previous series, there’ll be a mix of stand up, topical observation, filmed exploits with Russell’s showbiz mates, hilarious views from school kids, guest interviews and performances, and hopefully a good deed or two to leave the audience with a smile on its face.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
The Russell Howard Hour S6 is on Sky Max in September 2022

16th September (Friday)

Vampire Academy ( 2022, S1, Peacock Original Drama / Fantasy Series, Peacock)

St. Vladmir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampire royals are educated and half-human teens train as their guardians to protect them from the savage 'Strigoi' vampires who would like to see them all destroyed. In this world of privilege and glamour, two young women's friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society in their destined roles.

Based on the novel series of the same name by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy serves as a reboot of the 2014 film version starring Zoey Deutch.


21st September (Wednesday)

This England aka This Sceptered Isle (2022, S1?, Sky Original True Events / Drama Series, Sky Atlantic)

This England follows Boris Johnson's tumultuous first months as Prime Minister as he and his Tory government are forced to grapple with some of the most devastating events to ever befall the modern United Kingdom.

As the first wave of the global Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across Europe and the UK, Johnson has to deal with a massively challenged NHS, a scared and desperate public and his own illness, along with a national lockdown and the pressure of looming Brexit negotiations - something he had personally promised to “Get done!”

As well as the drama inside the corridors of power, events in government are interwoven with stories from around the country. Experts and scientists race against time to understand the virus and create a vaccine, doctors, nurses and care-home workers on the frontline work tirelessly, and ordinary people’s lives are thrown into turmoil as they are separated from loved ones, sometimes for the very last time.

Co-written and initially directed by Michael Winterbottom (though he stepped aside due to ill health) and starring BAFTA and Academy Award-winner Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson.,

It will be interesting to see exactly where the series finishes its narrative but a second season could well be on the cards to cover Party Gate, the Number 10 refurbishment probe, the attempt to re-write parliamentary standards, a barely survived vote of no-confidence and the final embarrassment of the Chris Pincher affair which led to many cabinet colleagues turning against Johnson, leading to his eventual resignation. There really does feel like there could be a “To Be Continued… “ at the end of This England. We shall see.


Airdates TBC

Britain’s Greatest Obsessions (2022, S1, Documentary Series, Sky History)

Some of Britain's favourite stars explore some uniquely British preoccupations. Each episode sees one host take us through the history of these obsessions and explain just what it is that gets the public so consumed by them.

Harry Hill delves into humour and why self-deprecating Brits think they have the best in the world; Suggs has a personal take on the important role pubs played in communities: Liza Tarbuck investigates our obsession with the weather and why we talk about it so much; Lorraine Kelly guides us through World War II with a view to separating the myths from the facts, while Reginald D. Hunter turns his attention to class, including an honest chat with Alexei Sayle. Finally, naturalist and activist Chris Packham focuses on pets, finding out how animals went from working for us to being companions and family members

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
What you wanna talk about... the weather?... pubs?... the war? Britain's Greatest Obsessions is on Sky History in September 2022

Catherine the Great (2019, Limited Season, HBO Historical Drama, Sky Arts)

Amidst scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, German-born Empress Catherine marries into the Russian Imperial family, deposes her husband, and enters into a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia.

Already available as a box set for Sky subscribers, the lavish Sky Original drama Catherine the Great arrives freely available on Sky Arts - possibly riding on the coat tails of hit Hulu series The Great - and starring Dame Helen Mirren as the legendary Empress of Russia, alongside Jason Clarke, Rory Kinnear, Gina McKee, Kevin R, McNally, Paul Kaye and Richard Roxburgh .

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Catherine the Great (Limited Season) is on Sky Arts in September 2022

Fantasy Football League (2022, S1, Sky Original Panel/Chat Show, Sky Max)

Coming at just the right moment following the Lionesses’ recent magnificent victory to emerge as European champions, and returning after 18 years away from our screens, Sky is bringing back Fantasy Football League.

Formerly fronted by the show's creators, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the presenting ball will now be headed over to brand new hosts, Matt Lucas and Elis James who’ll follow the formula of celebrity guests competing against each other as managers in a 'fantasy league' as well as chatting all things football. Whether the likes of legendary regular feature, ‘Phoenix from The Flames’, where a star footballer recreated one of their most memorable moments in football, returns is yet to be seen but if it does they could do worse that recreate Chloe Kelly’s Euro Championship celebration or Alessia Russo’s sweet-as-a-nut backheel in the semis.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Fantasy Football S1 is on Sky Max in September 2022

Mind Over Murder (2022, S1, True Crime Docu Series, Sky Crime)

Six-part documentary series which chronicles the complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a 68-year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska. Despite five of the individuals originally confessing to the crime, the "Beatrice Six" as they became known, were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009. This turn of events divided the rural town, incensed the family of Helen Wilson and led to a huge civil suit against Gage County, Nebraska on behalf of all six defendants. As the filmmakers track the case from the murder, through the investigation, trial, exoneration and resulting legal proceedings, the shifting perspectives and stranger-than-fiction events raise important questions about the reliability of confessions and memory in criminal cases.

Munich Games aka Munich Match (2022, S1, CBS/Sky Original Drama Series, International: Germany, Language: English, Sky Atlantic)

Fifty years after the Black September terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, a memorial soccer match between an Israeli and a German football club is planned as a commemoration for the victims of the tragedy. Police and secret services are placed on high alert to ensure the security of the match.

Despite everything having been done to make the match a safe and peaceful event, tensions and nerves are running high and, with the political stakes even higher as the eyes of the world watch, things start to fall apart - could it be that history might be repeating all over again. Mossad agent, Oren Simon, stationed in Berlin is partnered with Maria Köhler, a German State Criminal Police officer with Lebanese roots, to prevent a deadly repetition.

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Munich Games is on Sky Atlantic in September 2022

Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2022, S2, Sky Original Panel Show, Sky Max)

Following one of Sky's best performance launches ever, music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks is returning to the broadcaster for a second series.

Host Greg Davies oversees the musical festivities, while the teams will be headed up by Buzzcocks' veteran Noel Fielding alongside Daisy May Cooper and regular guest, Jamali Maddix. Joining them will be a roster of top stars from the world of music and comedy, as they test their wits and musical knowledge against classic rounds returning for the new series along with some new surprises. The tone remains anarchic and subversive in style, celebrating musicians and the music industry while calling it to account where a little humility might be required!

What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for September 2022
Never Mind the Buzzcocks S2 is on Sky Max in September 2022

Paramount+

Requires Sky Cinema or standalone subscription

10th September (Saturday)

American Gigolo (2022, Limited Season, Showtime Crime Drama Series - Paramount+ via Sky Cinema subscription)

After 15-years in prison for a murder he did not commit, former male escort Julian Kaye is released after new evidence comes to light, exonerating him. Now back in an unfamiliar Los Angeles, Kaye is keen to get back to the only profession he knows and calls upon his old contacts to help him adjust to a modern-day L.A sex industry that has changed beyond recognition. As he attempts to reconnect with Michelle, his one true love, there’s still the question of who framed him… and why?

A present-day reimagining of Paul Schrader’s iconic Richard Gere-starring 1980 film which sees Jon Bernthal step into Gere's immaculate outfits.

Paramount+ Titles, Airdate TBC:

Minx (2022, S1, HBO Comedy Series) - added 18-Aug-2022

Set in 1970's Los Angeles, Joyce, an earnest young feminist, is pitching her ideas for magazine that addresses the issues faced by women when she catches the eye of Doug, a low rent, over confident publisher who thinks he spots a more appealing angle. Now Joyce finds herself spearheading the launch of the first erotic magazine for women, 'Minx'.

Minx stars Ophelia Lovibond, soon to be seen as Carrie Johnson in This England over on Sky Atlantic, and Jake (Jurassic World/New Girl) Johnson.

Savage River (2022, Limited Season, ABC Original Crime / Drama Series) - added 18-Aug-2022

Miki Anderson returns to her hometown in rural Victoria after serving ten years in prison for manslaughter. Having paid her debt to society, she is determined to move on with her life, but the close-knit community of Savage River is not about to let her forget the past. When a murder rocks the town, suspicion immediately falls on Miki and with the local police determined to pin it on her, she sets out to prove her innocence.

Son of a Critch (2022, S1, CBS Comedy Series) - added 18-Aug-2022

This coming of age story, based on the childhood and adolescence of Canadian comedian Mark Critch, looks through its heartfelt window into the life of young Mark – much older inside than his 11 years would have you believe – as he grows up in 1980's Newfoundland and attempts to make the most out of his limited world.

Son of a Critch stars Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as the young Mark alongside Brit stalwart Malcolm McDowell as his grandfather.


So those are the highlights so far for September 2022. 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.

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