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In a move that will bring customers over 50 original series, and, says the company, make good on group chief executive Jeremy Darroch’s pledge to increase investment in original productions by 25%, Sky has committed to a new programming slate for 2018, including eight new commissions.

Sky 22Nov2017The pay-TV giant says that its new roster is a direct move to satisfy demand from customers for more high quality programming and building on a successful year for Sky Original Productions in which shows including Riviera and Tin Star attracted record audiences. Over half of the 50 original series on Sky in 2018 will be returning shows.

Following what has been claimed as ‘phenomenal success’ earlier this year Sky’s best-performing original series to date, Riviera returns with Julia Stiles reprising her role as Georgina Clios for another series about the lives of the super-rich on the Côte d’Azur. Jack Whitehall’s comedy thriller Bounty Hunters is set to return for more action and adventure while brand-new drama Gangs of London promises to offer a fresh and original gangland thriller. These will be complemented by three brand-new comedies from Sky Arts’ Urban Myths series and Rolling Stone and acclaimed painter Ronnie Wood will visit some of the most iconic art institutions in the UK.

Commenting on the new slate, Sky managing director of content Gary Davey said: “There’s never been a more competitive time to be in the content business and I’m incredibly excited by the scale, quality and authenticity of the UK TV industry right now. Next year will see over 50 Sky Original Productions on air and over 20 of these will be returners - a testament to the popularity of our shows – and it doesn’t stop there, with our increased investment, the focus for 2018 remains getting even better on screen.”