In 2021 Sky and NOW TV are ramping up their slate of TV shows and films with a whopping 125 new Sky Originals.
For the first time ever, Sky will drop 30 new Sky Original films and 30 new
Sky Original documentaries, on top of new drama, comedy, entertainment and arts
series. Altogether that’s 50% more original TV and film than last year. Movie fans are in for a treat as Sky Cinema becomes the home of Sky Original film with at
least two new original films every month which will feature a host of A list actors from Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent to Janelle Monae.
Sky Original films will include ‘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 and real people with ‘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’.
Sky has also announced a number of new drama shows to sink your teeth into including ‘Wolfe’ staring Babou Ceesay (Guerilla, Rogue One) as a lauded forensic pathologist in this new drama written by Paul Abbott (Shameless, No Offence, Clocking Off). Coming Autumn 2021. ‘The Midwich Cuckoos’, John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel is given a modern adaptation for the screen by David Farr (The Night Manager). Coming in 2022. ‘Extinction’ is a propulsive action thriller about a man who joins an organisation that can turn back time in order to save the planet from catastrophic events. 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). Coming in 2022 and ‘This Sceptred Isle’ which will see BAFTA and Emmy award-winning actor Kenneth Branagh play U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The five-part drama will chart the events surrounding the U.K. Prime Minister, the government, and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic. Coming in Autumn 2022.
30 new Sky Original documentaries will be on air this year. This is the first full year into Sky’s move into factual programming post the launch of our new factual channels last year, Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime. The release includes 5 new documentaries announcements, including ‘Chernobyl 86’, ‘Positive’, ‘Bamber: Murder at The Farm’ and ‘Liverpool Narcos’.