Sky’s on-demand streaming service NOW TV is our port of call for everything that HBO – the original prestige TV network in the USA – puts out into the world. Big Little Lies, True Detective, Westworld – it all comes through here first.
On top of this, there’s an impressive back catalogue of classic shows, like The Sopranos, Deadwood and Dexter.
Plus, Sky is on a roll of late, with recent big-hitters Chernobyl and Patrick Melrose having wowed audiences and critics alike.
Check out our pick of NOW TV’s bunch below.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This hard-hitting drama series is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name and stars Elisabeth Moss in a powerhouse lead performance. The dark world of The Handmaid’s Tale sees the United States turned into a totalitarian regime where the few remaining fertile women are subjugated and horrifically abused. Moss plays June, now known as Offred, whose strong will makes her a threat to the new world order. Watch on NOW TV
Hollywood star Amy Adams takes the lead role in this intense drama series as a troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls. Patricia Clarkson won a Golden Globe for her supporting performance here as Adams’ mother. Watch on NOW TV
Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant lead this foul-mouthed Western drama, set in the gold-mining camp of Deadwood in the year 1876. Despite a critically acclaimed initial run in the mid-noughties, this series was cancelled after three seasons when it couldn’t find a large enough audience. However, thanks to intense fan interest, it returned this year for a much-lauded film adaptation. Watch on NOW TV
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the lead role in this five-part series, which follows a man from a privileged yet abusive background, who develops severe problems with drug addiction later in life. The acclaimed series is based on the novels of Edward St Aubyn and won a BAFTA award for best miniseries in 2019. Watch on NOW TV
This science fiction series starring Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) ran for five seasons in which it accumulated an avid fanbase. The show follows three intergalactic bounty hunters out for themselves during a period of political turmoil. They’ll have to confront deadly foes and their own troubled pasts along the way… Watch on NOW TV
Catherine the Great
Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren ascends to the throne in an epic four-part series about Catherine the Great, Russia’s longest-ruling female leader and one of the most powerful female monarchs in history. The drama follows Catherine towards the end of her reign and puts the spotlight on her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke. Watch on NOW TV
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s 1980s graphic novel gets a timely, twisted sequel thanks to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. The dystopian DC story is best known for its 2009 film adaptation, which launched director Zack Synder’s career in the genre to characteristically polarised reviews – but here, according to our sci-fi editor, “it’s a significant achievement for Lindelof and his team to have made something so original out of a decades-old IP”… Watch on NOW TV
All three seasons of HBO’s True Detective are available to stream, each one telling a different dark crime story featuring heavyweight acting talent including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Mahershala Ali and Rachel McAdams. Watch on NOW TV
A harrowing, vital re-telling of the 1986 disaster that saw a Ukrainian city destroyed by an incident at a nuclear power plant. Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson and Jessie Buckley star. Watch on NOW TV