Get ready to take the helm, the serialised sequel to one of the most acclaimed war films of all time Das Boot comes to Sky Atlantic. Station 19 returns with a nail-biting cliff hanger and lives hang in the balance as the crew fight a raging inferno inside a skyscraper. Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell host a new series of Portrait Artist Of the Year which aims to uncover the country’s next great portrait artist. Rev up your engines and get ready to race for your freedom in Curfew. 30 years, 639 episodes, dozens of awards, five presidents, a theatrical movie release, an alternative Christmas message and countless accidental trips to the bottom of Springfield Gorge, The Simpsons returns to Sky One for its 30th season.
Wednesdays at 9pm
Set in the autumn of 1942, the Allies have cracked the Enigma code, signalling the end of the U-boats’ dominance at sea, and increased levels of resistance in previous safe havens such as La Rochelle has made mainland Europe dangerous and unpredictable. Even as the tide increasingly turns against the German war machine, the young crew of U-boat U-612 prepare for their maiden voyage. New Captain Klaus Hoffman, following in the footsteps of his famous father, takes the helm. However, tensions simmer between him and members of the crew who feel passed over.
Station 19, Series 2
Wednesdays at 10pm
Shonda Rhimes’ hit firefighting drama returns, and following the first season’s explosive cliffhanger ending, the fate of
several crew members remains unknown. As they continue to battle the inferno in the skyscraper, injured members of the team are taken to Grey Sloan hospital to receive help from some familiar faces. Meanwhile, as a new firefighter with a shady past arrives, the future of the station has never been more uncertain.
Portrait Artist Of the Year
Tuesdays at 8pm
A Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell host a new series of the Sky Arts show that aims to uncover the country’s next great portrait artist. Filmed at London’s Wallace Collection, the competition is as fierce as ever as the contestants vie for a career-changing commission. This year’s celebrity sitters include model David Gandy, strong man Eddie Hall, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and actor Adrian Lester, while judges Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan keep an expert eye on proceedings.
Fridays at 9pm
With drama, humour, horror and fast cars, eight-part Sky original production Curfew careers on to Sky One. Sean Bean, Billy Zane, Adrian Lester and a stellar ensemble cast line up for one heck of a night-time street race as they try to flee the totalitarian government curfew that’s controlling their lives. The winner will be the first to reach the finish line by sunrise… and that’s the only rule. Adam Brody and Miranda Richardson also star.
The Simpsons, Series 30
Fridays at 8pm
Woo-hoo! It’s been three decades since Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie burst on to screens. Now, grab a Duff and kick back on the couch as the much-loved series begins its recordbreaking 30th season. Eeeeeeexcellent.