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Ahead of the launch of its new factual channels, and in what it says is an attempt to reinforce its ambition to provide customers with a destination for world class, premium factual TV, Sky has announced a slate of nine new shows for Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature.
Jane Belinda Sky 21May2020
The new feature length documentaries and series include definitive biographies of Stephen Hawking with unrivalled access to his friends and family and Tina Turner with exclusive access to the star herself, alongside a look at Hollywood legend Steve McQueen. Two sports documentaries include The United Way about Manchester United, led by legend Eric Cantona and Tyson Bruno, a feature length film charting the sensational highs and lows of two of boxing’s biggest icons.

In Lancaster we see the story of the legendary Lancaster Bomber, synonymous with the Dambusters, and the brave servicemen that flew them. And from the world of music there is The Go-Go's (pictured) which looks at the pioneering female punk band and Look Away, a bold documentary which looks at the darker side of rock and a subject that has been glossed over for decades: statutory rape.
In a landmark natural history series, Sky Nature introduces Shark with Steve Backshall, a series committed to dispelling the myth of sharks as cold-blooded killers, showing the misunderstood predator in a brand-new light.

The new shows are currently in production and will air at the end of 2020 and into 2021. The shows have been commissioned by Zai Bennett, MD of content at Sky UK & Ireland, and Jamie Morris, director of programme strategy. Tina Turner, The Go-Go's and Lancaster were also negotiated by Jack Oliver, head of co-productions, Sky Entertainment.

“These new commissions showcase Sky’s investment in world-class original content and the breadth and range of factual shows our customers will be able to find,” commented Bennett. “With the launch of these two new services …we want to provide viewers with compelling, engaging and informative TV, a place where nature and documentary fans can gravitate to.”

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, alongside the rebranded Sky HISTORY, launch on Wednesday 27 May, and will be available to all Sky and NOW TV customers at no extra cost. The services will offer on-demand libraries with hundreds of hours of factual programming, providing z mix of premium, original commissions and acquired content.