Sky TV to debut 125 original films and documentaries

by Rachel Darcy

Sky and NOW TV have announced that they will be bringing 125 Sky Originals to our screens, in their biggest ever line-up of TV and film.

There will be 30 new Sky Original films and 30 new Sky Original Documentaries in addition to several new TV series.

Sky Cinema is set to debut at least two new original films per month, which is then expected to rise to one new film a week from 2022.

This year, there is an exciting and diverse set of films set to come to the platform, starring a host of huge stars including Judi Dench, Michael Caine, Lena Headley, Patrick Stewart, Adam Devine, Ken Jeong, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Tom Felton, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Janelle Monae, Julianne Moore, Allison Janey, Mila Kunis, Juliette Lewis, Kate Beckinsale, Stanley Tucci, Laverne Cox and many more.

With films for everyone to enjoy, there’s A Boy Called Christmas, the origin story of Father Christmas, re-imagined in Gil Keenan’s live action adaptation of Matt Haig’s best-selling novel, and family favourites such as Extinct and Monster Family 2.

There are films inspired by true stories including Save The Cinema, Creation Stories, Six Minutes to Midnight and The Glorias, action adventures with Jolt and SAS: Red Notice, comedies with The Comeback Trail and Breaking News In Yuba County, and thrillers with Antebellum.

The Glorias

For those who love real life, non-fiction content, Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature have you covered.

New Sky Original documentaries include an exploration of how Liverpool became the epicentre of a drugs boom in Liverpool Narcos, a look at Britain’s struggle with HIV/AIDS Positive and a forensic examination of the case of Jeremy Bamber and the White House Farm Murders The Bambers: Murder at the Farm.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director, Content, Sky UK & Ireland, said: “This year on Sky and NOW TV we’ve got an epic variety of entertainment for everyone, adding a brand-new slate of Sky Original films and Sky Original documentaries to our line-up of award-winning drama, comedy, entertainment and arts series.”

This schedule is part of Sky’s commitment to more than double its investment in original content by 2024. Work is also underway on Sky Studios Elstree, a new state-of-the-art TV and film studio in North London, which is set to be the most sustainable in the world when it opens in 2022.

Check out a list of just some of the new TV shows and films from Sky below.

Original Drama:

  • Wolfe: Babou Ceesay (Guerilla, Rogue One) stars as a lauded forensic pathologist in this new drama written by Paul Abbott (Shameless, No Offence, Clocking Off).
  • The Midwich Cuckoos (TX 2022) : John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel is given a modern adaptation for the screen by David Farr (The Night Manager).
  • Extinction: A propulsive action thriller about a man who keeps reliving the same day over and over again. Written by Joe Barton (Giri/Haji) and starring Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Tom Burke (Strike), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard) and Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly).
Antebellum

Original Documentaries

  • Liverpool Narcos: In the 1980s, Liverpool became the epicentre of a drugs boom that was to change Britain forever. With unprecedented access to some of the biggest players, this is the story of how drugs went mainstream and dealing became a multi-billion pound business.
  • Bambers: Murder at the Farm: Using first-hand testimony and unseen archive footage to re-examine the shocking events at White House Farm, this documentary explores evidence that has emerged since the original trial of Jeremy Bamber. From Executive Producers Louis Theroux and Arron Fellows.
  • Positive: Positive marks Britain’s 40-year struggle with HIV/AIDS, through interviews with some of the earliest HIV patients and real-life heroes. Coming in Winter 2021
  • Gangs of Macaque Island: A light-hearted animal docu-soap, following the daily lives of rival black-crested macaque troops in the remote forests of Sulawesi’s Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia.
  • Chernobyl 86: Chernobyl ’86 tells the story of Chernobyl through newly discovered archive footage and original interviews with those who were there. Directed by Emmy Award winner James Jones.

Original Entertainment and Comedy

  • Safe Space: A psychotherapist in a small market town dispenses advice to his clients to suit his own desperate need to control them. Starring, written and created by BAFTA-winning comedian Greg Davies.
  • Russell Howard’s Antipodean Adventure: Russell Howard will be travelling around New Zealand and Australia in this new travelogue punctuated by stand-up comedy.
  • The Deirdre O’Kane Show, which will begin filming as Live from Dublin’s Olympia Theatre this May. The show suffered a setback when Covid-19 struck but looks set to finally get underway with the same big names and is set to hit screens this autumn.
Brass

Original Film

  • Save The Cinema – Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma and Tom Felton star in this new British film based on true events.
  • Kindred – A psychological thriller about a vulnerable mother-to-be who is taken in by her recently deceased boyfriend’s mother and stepson, who seem increasingly obsessed with her every move.
  • Creation Stories – Creation Stories charts the true story of the rise and fall of Creation Records and its infamous founder Alan McGee, who signed generation-defining bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream.
  • Breaking News in Yuba County – A dark and twisted comedy that explores the outrageous lengths some people will go to in order to garner some much-desired attention. Starring Allison Janney, Mila Kunis and Awkwafina.
  • Six Minutes to Midnight – Emmy Award ® winner Eddie Izzard and Academy Award® winner Judi Dench battle to protect a group of students from the grip of Hitler in this World War II thriller.
  • The Comeback Trail – Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. Starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Zach Braff.
  • Antebellum – A terrifying new thriller with a kiss of horror from the producer of the acclaimed films Get Out and Us, starring Janelle Monáe.
  • The Glorias – The Glorias is the female led story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem; known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women’s movement, and writing that has impacted generations. Written and directed by Julie Taymor.
  • Every Breath You Take – Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck stars as a psychiatrist who finds his life in turmoil following the sudden suicide of his patient. When he invites his patient’s surviving brother (Sam Claflin) into his home to meet his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter, his family life and career are suddenly torn apart.
  • Extinct – Op and Ed are two adorable donut-shaped animals — FLUMMELS — who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. Starring Rachel Bloom, Adam Devine and Ken Jeong.
  • Monster Family 2 – To free Baba Yaga and Renfield from the clutches of Monster Hunter Mila Starr, the Wishbone Family once more transforms into a Vampire, Frankenstein’s Monster, a Mummy and a Werewolf. Starring Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson and Nick Frost.
  • The Secrets We Keep -In post-WWII America, a woman rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband kidnaps her neighbour and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her. Starring Noomi Rapace, Chris Messina and Joel Kinnaman.
  • Jolt – A female driven action-comedy that follows Lindy (Kate Beckinsale), a bouncer with a murderous anger management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest to shock herself back into normalcy whenever she feels homicidal. Starring Stanley Tucci and Laverne Cox.

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