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29th Dec 2017

Sky reveal details of three brand new, ‘must see’ shows coming in early 2018

Plenty to keep viewers occupied well into 2018.

Conor Heneghan

Keep an eye out for these in the New Year.

You may well have had your fill of movies and TV shows over the festive period, but there will come a time in the New Year when you’re looking for something new to watch to help get you over the January blues.

With that in mind, Sky have released a list of the programmes coming to Sky One, Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV in the New Year that could be just what the doctor ordered.

The three shows below have been described as ‘must-see’ and feature the likes of Stephen Graham, Idris Elba, Suranne Jones and Irish actor Barry Ward amongst others.


On Sky Atlantic and NOW TV on 18 January

Starring: Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook and Barry Ward.

Written by the multi-award-winning Jez Butterworth (Spectre), Britannia is an epic journey into the dark, wild and unruly world of Britain in 43AD. The Imperial Roman Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – has returned to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids.

The Celts are a fearsome tribe who will stop at nothing to protect their nation, beliefs and honour, and their most dangerous weapon is the Druids, a mystical tribe whose immortality, through links to a powerful, dark underworld, makes them a force unlike any the Romans have faced before.

Clip via Sky Atlantic

Save Me

On Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in February 2018

Starring: Barry Ward, Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham, Kerry Godliman and Jason Flemyng

Save Me is the story of an unlikely hero who embarks on a rocky road to redemption. Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Snatch) stars as Nelly, the life and soul of his local boozer: a charmer, a chancer, a fighter, a liar and, at his age, a man who should know better.

But his life on a London council estate is about to take on a dramatic new purpose. Nelly’s 13-year-old daughter has gone missing and he has been accused of her abduction. They haven’t had contact in a decade, but now the only thing that matters is finding her. As her mum, and Nelly’s ex, Claire (Suranne Jones) begins to fall apart while Nelly is thrust on a journey towards becoming a better man and atoning for his troubled past.

Husband to Claire and adoptive father to Jody, Barry (played by Barry Ward) has the house, the car, the beautiful wife and the successful business but things get complicated when Nelly (Lennie James) shows up accusing Barry of being responsible for the disappearance of his daughter.

Clip via Sky Atlantic

In the Long Run

On Sky One and NOW TV in spring 2018

Starring: Idris Elba, Bill Bailey

Idris Elba creates a heart-warming comedy – loosely based on his own childhood – about family, community and what home really means. Set amid the tower blocks and shell suits of an estate in 1980s London, the series follows the Easmon family.

Walter (Elba) and Evelyn arrived from Sierra Leone 13 years ago, and are happy earning enough to get by with a bit left over to send back home, while their British-born son Akuna hangs out playing football and trying to dodge the local thugs. But all that changes when Walter’s freewheeling brother Valentine arrives in the UK, with laughter and chaos in tow.

Also coming to Sky in the New Year is a new comedy on Sky One called Bliss, starring Stephen Mangan and Heather Graham and the second series of Jamestown, starring Irish actress Niamh Walsh.

Plenty to keep viewers occupied well into 2018.