This month we’re spoilt for choice with an array of great entertainment arriving on Sky Sports Mobile TV, NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify Premium. Here are our picks of the best new content in August…
It has been an incredible year for entertainment, with everything from the monolithic finale of Game of Thrones, to a hard-fought Premier League title battle, to more great music releases than you could shake a stick at. All that, and it’s only August! Thankfully, 2019 looks to be getting even better, with a glut of great new content arriving this month.
But where can you find all this brilliant entertainment? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
We’ve pulled together our top entertainment picks for August, and you can enjoy your pick of it by selecting one of our Red Entertainment plans*, where a subscription to Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Sky Sports Mobile TV, or Spotify Premium is included on us for up to two years!
So, let’s dive into our top picks for August…
Amazon Prime Video
To say that superheroes are ubiquitous in the world of entertainment would be an understatement. Cinemas are choc-full of caped crusaders, and streaming services are following suit. Amazon Prime Video’s latest effort, The Boys, looks to add to the superhero catalogue but with an irreverent, brilliantly sharp twist.
Based on the comic from Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the TV show is developed by Eric Kripke, the mind behind TV hit Supernatural, alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, also responsible for bringing brilliant cult comic adaptation Preacher to Amazon Prime. The Boys looks to strip the niceties from the superhero genre as a gang of deeply corrupt superheroes (named ‘The Seven’) are hunted by The Boys, a group of vigilantes led by the brilliant Karl Urban.
With bonkers action, spiky humour and lashings of gore, The Boys offers super-sized entertainment.
NOW TV Entertainment Pass
With a raft of quality entertainment recently available on NOW TV, from the breathtaking Chernobyl to the big-budget finale of Game of Thrones, there’s never been a better time to opt for the NOW TV Entertainment Pass, which offers you the chance to watch some of the best and biggest boxsets around, as well as a vast array of live content. In August, you’ll get the chance to dive into one of the year’s most talked-about shows: Euphoria.
Starring Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Zendaya, this zeitgeist teen drama has already made headlines for its deft, forthright depictions of big issues, from sex, to drugs to mental health. The show is unapologetically explicit, but necessarily so: its greatest strength is the fearlessness with which it broaches difficult topics, with a superb cast ensuring every shock lands. Arriving on NOW TV on August 6, Euphoria is set to be the water cooler show this summer – don’t miss out.
Sky Sports Mobile TV
This summer we’ve had some pretty great sporting spectacles. England triumphed at the Cricket World Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup, while the British Grand Prix offered high drama and further proof of Lewis Hamilton’s place in the pantheon.
All that, and the summer transfer window has been rumbling on in the background, with huge moves (Wan Bissaka’s big money transfer to Man United, for example) and ongoing sagas (the will-they-won’t-they chaos of the Neymar to Barcelona deal shows no sign of resolution) providing plenty of drama.
That said, August brings what many of us are waiting for: the return of the Barclays Premier League, back with a bang with a first weekend full of thrilling fixtures. Events kick off at Anfield on Friday evening, with newly-promoted Norwich visiting the reds and hoping for a happier time than their last spell in the Premier League, where ex-Liverpool striker Suarez would regularly put them to the sword.
Perhaps fixture of the weekend, though, is Manchester United hosting Chelsea on what promises to be a truly super Sunday. Will Man United re-find their groove under Solskjær? How will Lampard cope at the notoriously trigger-friendly Chelsea? This match should give us a good indication of how these two managers will fare, and you can even check it out while on-the-go via Sky Sports Mobile TV.
We’re in the height of summer, so thankfully Spotify Premium has some brilliant new albums arriving in August to get you ready for sun, sea and sizzling tunes. Even better – you won’t even need to listen to ads.
Perhaps the biggest release is Lover, the new album from Taylor Swift, which drops on August 23. After the surprisingly spiky (and arguably less successful) Reputation, Swift returns with a sound closer to her brilliant, mammoth hit 1989, only this time with added pep, if debut singles ME! and You Need to Calm Down are anything to go by. Whether it’s break-up bangers or empowerment anthems, you can bank on Swift to deliver memorable pop tunes that’ll no doubt be running through your head until her next album drops.
Now for a change of pace: once the vaguely terrifying masked rockers who lived way, way outside the mainstream, Slipknot have somehow found their way to major chart success, with their past two albums both reaching number 2.
Their new album, We Are Not Your Kind, is the band’s first in five years and will likely continue this ascension, with expectations high for another superb (and superbly heavy) addition to their catalogue. Be sure to check it out on August 8.
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