New to SoHo in February

Here and Now (3.00 Mondays from February 12)

Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series focuses on a modern multiracial family – a philosophy professor, his obsessive wife, their three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam and Colombia, and a sole biological child – undergoing life changes and emotional challenges. It will screen the same time as the US and stars Holly Hunter (Top of the Lake), Tim Robbins (The Brink), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy), Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead) and Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle).

Hard Sun (8.30 Sundays from February 4)

Neil (Luther) Cross’ fast-pasted, pre-apocalyptic crime series stars Jim Sturgess (The Way Back) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) as London detectives who stumble upon proof that the world is facing certain destruction in only five years while investigating what appears to be the routine death of a computer hacker. Forced to put aside their differences, they must work together to protect themselves and those they love as they are ruthlessly pursued by Security Service operatives who are willing to kill in order to keep them silent.

Homeland S7 (9.30 Mondays from February 12)

Following the assassination attempt on her life, President Keane broke her promise to Carrie by arresting 200 members of the intelligence community. Incarcerated without being charged, the group included Saul Berenson. Determined to take on the Keane administration and secure their release, Carrie leaves her job in the White House and moves back to D.C.

Crashing S2 (9.00 Thursdays from February 1)

The good-natured but perpetually floundering Pete Holmes returns recently divorced, still broke, and continuing to search for where he belongs in the NYC stand-up comedy world. With the help of fellow rising comic Ali, Pete explores the alternative-comedy scene – a land of offbeat venues and no-drink minimums – before finding himself ensconced in comedy’s college market. Along the way, he finds his worldview changing, as he starts to question his morals, his feelings toward religion, and what it takes to make it in comedy – all while continuing to crash on other people’s couches. Penn Jillette, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings and Artie Lange guest star.

Strike Back S5 (9.30 Sundays from February 4)

The first season in more than two years introduces four new members of Section 20 as the disbanded secret British anti-terrorist unit is resurrected in the wake of a deadly terrorist’s escape. Faced with daunting odds in a variety of hostile settings, the new team take full advantage of Section 20’s state-of-the-art resources to prevent the unleashing of a stolen cache of weapons of mass destruction. As the team journeys across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, they uncover a toxic conspiracy that threatens to destroy them and change the face of modern warfare forever. Warren Brown (Luther), Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones) and Alin Sumarwata (Neighbours) star.

American Gods (8.30 Wednesdays from February 21)

From the award-winning novel of the same title, American Gods follows a war brewing between old and new Gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world are steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and travelling partner to Mr. Wednesday – a conman but in reality one of the older gods. Together they embark on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities. Ricky Whittle (Hollyoaks), Ian McShane (Deadwood), Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Emily Browning (Blue Heelers) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black) star.

Angelli (February 22, 9.35)

Chronicles the dramatic and colourful life of Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, the world-renowned head of Fiat Automobiles, from his eccentric childhood and emergence as a glamorous international playboy during the 1950s and ‘60s, to the dark and turbulent “Years of Lead” in Turin (which tested this determination in the politically chaotic decade of the 1970s), to the revitalisation and prosperity of Fiat in the 1980s, to a string of emotional and physical challenges that crippled Agnelli prior to his death in 2003. It combines archival video footage and photographs, interviews with family members, high society friends and his house staff, and insights from journalists and historians who put Agnelli’s accomplishments and struggles in historical context.

Meth Storm (February 20, 9.30)

With unparalleled access on both sides of the issue, this HBO Documentary Film is at once a cautionary tale of meth addiction in rural America and a high-stakes drama told from inside the war on drugs. In Arkansas, 90% of methamphetamines are smuggled over the border from Mexico as a strain of stronger and cheaper crystal meth called Ice. Meth Storm tells the story of rural, economically-disadvantaged users and dealers whose addiction to Ice and lack of job opportunities have landed them on endless cycle of poverty and incarceration – and of the police and DEA agents struggling to stop cartels from flooding the U.S. with this super-potent form of meth. Filmed over two years, Meth Storm is the latest from Brent and Craig Renaud, the Peabody-winning documentarians who explored the perils of urban drug addiction with Dope Sick Love.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (10.30 Mondays from February 19)

Box Sets

Shameless (S8), White Famous (S1), SMILF (S1), Twin Peaks (S3), Knightfall (S1).

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