November is traditionally a pretty good time of year for telly. The nights are drawing in, the temperatures are dropping, so what better time to hunker down in front of the TV?
This year is no different. Sky has a great selection of top films, comedy shows, reality TV, sport and more to keep us entertained through these long winter nights. Here’s our pick of the best.
The Bi Life
The UK’s first bisexual+ reality dating show comes to Sky, courtesy of reality channel hayu. Hosted by Courtney Act (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Big Brother), it follows a group of bisexual, pansexual, fluid or questioning British singles as they live together in Barcelona. Of course they will also be partying together and hoping for love.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Available 2nd November
This Oscar-winning crime drama follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) on her quest to find her daughter’s killers.
Months have passed and no culprits have been apprehended, and so Hayes paints three billboards on the road into her hometown pointing out the police’s lack of action. And revered police chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) isn’t best pleased.
When his second in command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) – an immature mama’s boy who fights first and asks questions later – gets involved, things go from bad to worse.
It’s directed by Martin McDonagh, the man behind In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
The Russell Howard Hour series 2
Available 8th November
The west country comedian is back with his take on the news and current affairs. The last series was the most successful entertainment series to debut on Sky One since 2010, so expectations are high for series two.
Returning segments include Playground Politics (in which Howard talks to schoolchildren around the UK to get their perspectives on the important issues) and Good Deeds (which champions the nation’s spirit of generosity by highlighting our more noble gestures).
Guests for this series include Greg Davies, Jimmy Carr, Roisin Conaty and Jon Richardson.
Available 9th November
Gary Oldman is unrecognisable as Winston Churchill in this historical drama. It’s the eve of World War II.
Just days after being becoming Prime Minister, Churchill has to face one of the defining trials of his premiership: either exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or fighting for the ideals of Great Britain.
With his own party, the king and the public all seemingly against him, it’s up to Winston to stand up for what he believes in and take on the might of the Nazi war machine.
England v USA
Available 15th November
This is just a friendly, so nothing is at stake. But with their Nations League game against Croatia just three days later, England will be looking to come into form.
It’s a home game for England, with the action kicking off at Wembley Stadium at 8pm. Let’s see if Gareth Southgate can continue build on the momentum from the team’s great performance last summer at the World Cup.
Available 16th November
This comedy might make you reconsider ever going to a murder mystery night.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams play Max and Annie, a couple whose game night takes a dark turn when Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) turns it into a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and pretend federal agents.
But are they actually fake? And when Brooks is kidnapped, is it all still part of the game? And what exactly is the secret Brooks is hiding about himself?
Nations League: England v Croatia
Available 18th November
England’s final fixture in its UEFA Nations League campaign is live on Sky Sports. The action takes place at Wembley Stadium, with kick off at 2pm.
This is the first year of the tournament, with the four best teams going through to the finals, to be played in June 2019. Which should provide some fodder for the footie mad in an otherwise off-year for tournaments.