The best 4K TV shows and films on Sky Q Ultra HD

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If you've got a 4K TV and you've upgraded to Sky Q, you need to be getting the most out of your set up by enjoying 4K Ultra HD content whenever you can. Thankfully, there's an increasing amount of 4K content available on Sky, whether live, on-demand or via the Sky Store.

Sky was one of the first broadcasters out of the blocks with Ultra HD programming, delivering live 4K sport including football and Formula 1. This has now been joined by an increasing number of TV shows and films in Ultra HD (and HDR is coming in 2019). But what to watch?

Allow us to make some recommendations.

Billions

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in this highly-rated drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. All three seasons are live on Sky Q right now, and a fourth is in the pipeline for release in 2019.

Stan Lee's Lucky Man

James Nesbitt stars in this British-made drama from the man behind Marvel Comics. Nesbitt plays Murder Squad detective Harry Clayton, who's been given the power to control luck. Hence the title. There are three seasons in 4K to binge on Sky.

The Affair

This American drama stars two English actors in the leading roles - Dominic West and Ruth Wilson - and manages to put a fresh spin on seemingly familiar tales of love and lust. The over-arching story is told from each protagonist's perspective, letting the viewer decide who and what to believe as the story unravels. It's well-paced and well-acted, and does just enough each episode to keep you intrigued without giving the game away. Season four is underway now in UHD on Sky Q.

The Handmaid's Tale

A dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985, has been given a new lease of life by this TV adaptation. After a second Civil War, America has become a totalitarian society that subjects fertile women, called "Handmaids", into child-bearing servitude. The vivid, haunting show stars Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fienne,s and has won a host of Awards following its first two seasons. A third season is in the pipeline.

Patrick Melrose

New in 2018, Benedict Cumberbatch is the titular star of this five-part series based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn. The series charts Melrose's journey from a traumatic childhood in the South of France, through substance abuse in his twenties in New York and, ultimately, on the road to recovery back home in England.

Sick Note

Nick Frost, Rupert Grint and Lindsay Lohan? It's got to be worth a look. This Sky comedy sees Grint playing a down-on-his-luck couch potato whose outlook only changes for the better when he's diagnosed with cancer, and he gets to enjoy the resultant rallying from friends and work colleagues. The twist? He's been wrongly diagnosed and doesn't have cancer at all.

Series one is live now, with a second on the way.

Blade Runner 2049

The new Blade Runner divided opinion and didn't set the box office alight, but if you're a fan of the original we would definitely recommend this follow-up. Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling star, though the soundtrack and cinematography steal the show. You can enjoy it in 4K, complete with Dolby Atmos, on Sky Q.

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The scariest clown in popular culture? Quite possibly. Pennywise returned in 2018 in this new take on Stephen King's classic horror tale. It's a liberal use of the original book's story but still entertaining and with plenty of the obligatory jump scares.

Jason Bourne

If you've lost track of all the Bourne films and quite where the story lies, don't worry - it doesn't really matter. Matt Damon is being hunted by the CIA (again) and much action ensues. It's certainly not the best Bourne, and the plot is particularly familiar, but it's still an enjoyable thriller and looks great in 4K.

Baby Driver

Brilliantly-original entertainment from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is the story of a genius getaway driver (Baby, played by Ansel Elgort), who can only deliver his best driving when listening to music. Much of the action is synced to the excellent soundtrack, which makes for a novel twist, and there are some excellent chase scenes to accompany the great retro sounds.

mother!

Divisive and definitely different, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in this psychological horror, which, if nothing else, is like - well, nothing else you'll watch this year. While some critics hailed it as brilliant and challenging, others weren't so taken, with the New York Observer calling it "the worst movie you'll see this century". Ouch. You'll just have to watch it and see which side of the fence you're on...

Dunkirk

Christoper Nolan's take on the 1940 Dunkirk evacuations of World War II is a sensory overload and best experienced with as many speakers as possible, frankly. A grey, grainy picture sets the mood, while the thunderous sounds successfully capture the horror of being sitting ducks on the beach. It's now available in 4K on Sky Q (and we'd particularly recommend the 4K Blu-ray, too).

The Godfather

If you haven't seen this epic trilogy yet, you really should. You can watch the complete Godfather trilogy on Sky right now, though only The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are available in 4K. As it happens, the quality is befitting of the films, with only the last film letting the side down somewhat. But it was a high bar - the first two form arguably the greatest pairing in cinema history. Three years of meticulous 4K restoration ensures a pretty solid picture considering the original was released back in 1972.

Logan

Ten X-Men films and three Wolverine outings too much for you? Of course not. Logan is tonally completely different to the rest of the usual superhero fare and sees Hugh Jackman (in his final role as Wolverine) trying to hide away from the world, with a predictable lack of success. Much bloody fighting ensues. It's one of the best X-Men films to date, so if you only dip the occasional toe into superhero films, this is one worth watching.

The Shape of Water

Some of the latest and greatest films are only found on Sky Store, so you'll need to pay and download them separately rather than finding them as part of your Sky Movies subscription. Oscar-winning The Shape of Water is one such film. Guillermo del Toro is on fine form again, delivering an outside-of-the-box love story involving a mute janitor at a top-secret laboratory and a mysterious scaled creature.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand rightly won the best actress Oscar for her stirring performance in Three Billboards..., expertly delivering a darkly comic role that harks back to her career-defining turn in Fargo. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are similarly impressive, and while the central story shows human behaviour at its worst, the film does its best to find some light in the darkness.