Sky gets factual with nature and documentary channels

posted on Monday, 27th January 2020 by Steve May

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Sky has announced two brand-new factual channels, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. These new additions follow hot on the heels of Sky Comedy, which launches today, and Sky Crime, which debuted last October.

These newcomers reflect the growing popularity of factual channels, now seen as the second most popular genre after drama. The two new channels promise hundreds of hours of factual programming, a mix of original commissions and acquired content.

The introduction of the two new services follows on from Sky’s recent launch of Sky Studios, a Europe-wide development and production capability which will see Sky’s investment in original content more than double over the next five years.

Both channels launch this Spring and be available to Sky customers at no extra charge through linear and on demand. They will also appear on Now TV, available as part of the NowTV Entertainment Pass.

Sky Documentaries will source from HBO and Showtime, with topics ranging from sport and controversies through to biographies.

New Sky originals will include Bitter Pill: Primodos and Tiger Woods: The Comeback; alongside HBO exclusives McMillions from executive producer Mark Wahlberg and After Truth directed by Andrew Rossi. Showtime exclusive The Kingmaker directed by Lauren Greenfield will also air, along with an extensive on demand library of documentaries including What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali and Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

Sky Nature will feature Sky’s existing David Attenborough collection, and new originals Extreme Animals: One Wild Day and Extreme Animals: Life’s First Steps. Love Nature originals will include Amazing Animal Friends, produced by Emmy and BAFTA award winning producers, Oxford Scientific Films and; Wild Tales from the Farm, filmed in the UK and narrated by Hugh Bonneville.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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