It's no exaggeration to say that Sky have made a huge investment into becoming a different type of pay-TV company. The business has, over the years, produced some top notch original programming, but Sky made its name in importing programmes like The Simpsons and Malcolm in the Middle. Even now, some of the most popular programmes on Sky are there courtesy of a deal struck with HBO, which gives Sky the right to broadcast programmes like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and many others. This last few years though have seen Sky see the value in creating their own world class TV programmes to really put their name on the map.
That initiative has seen the likes of Critical, Fortitude, Agatha Raisin, Alan Partridge, A League of Their Own, The Enfield Hauntings and countless others grace our screens, but Sky aren't anywhere near being done yet. No, because from this autumn, Sky's biggest ever investment in programming (up 20% on last year) will introduce a new line up of fresh and modern entertainment for all the family. With a focus on original British productions, Sky will play host to some of the most exciting TV available anywhere.
New shows include the globetrotting end of the world series You, Me & The Apocalypse and brand new comedy series After Hours, directed by Craig Cash, who will also be helming forthcoming series Rovers. There's also the return of Karl Pilkington for a new series of Karl Pilkington: The Moaning of Life, which will premiere alongside fantastic new factual shows like Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family and Ross Kemp's Britain. There's also great new comedy from new series of Trollied and Stella, as well as the exciting return of The Muppets, in their new TV programme which promises to be as winning and hilarious as their previous outings.
These programmes feature some of the best and brightest talent in the country, including the likes of Timothy Spall, James Nesbitt, Ashley Jensen, Patrick Aryee, Geraldine James, Victoria Wood, Ardal O’Hanlon and Keeley Hawes as well as writers and directors such as Ruth Jones, Joe Wilkinson, David Earl, Neil Biswas and Danny Brocklehurst. Such a public backing of British talent surely won't go unnoticed around the world, and with Sky Vision taking care of overseas sales, you can be sure that Sky's new programming efforts will find a home around the globe.
"I'm so excited we can offer absolutely top-quality drama all year round and I love how brilliantly unique our comedies feel,” said Adam MacDonald, director, Sky 1, speaking about the channel’s new line-up.
“The range of original programming we have completely reflects what Sky 1 stands for - the very best of modern Britain and Ireland, and all the eclecticism, diversity and joy that implies. We know that some of the best family moments come from sitting around the TV and enjoying that time together, and we hope with this new line-up to create many more of those moments."
You, Me & The Apocalypse
Fungus the Bogetman
The Moaning of Life
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
A League of Their Own
A League of Their Own: American Road Trip
Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family
Ross Kemp's Britain
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