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Sky announces biggest ever line-up of new and exclusive original TV shows & films in 2021

25/01/2021

In 2021 Sky and NOW TV are bringing you more than 125 new Sky Originals, our biggest ever line-up of TV and film that you won't want to miss.

For the first time ever, this year we'll be bringing you 30 new Sky Original films and 30 new Sky Original documentaries, on top of our great drama, comedy, entertainment and arts series. Altogether that's 50% more original TV and film than last year, packed full of great stories and your favourite stars.

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 and this is set to rise to one a week from next year.

For 2021 there's an exciting mix of British and American films featuring some of the biggest stars with Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Michael Caine, Lena Headey, Rita Ora, Raff Law, Patrick Stewart, Meera Syal, Andy Serkis, Noel Clarke, Adam Devine, Ken Jeong, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton, Jonathan Pryce, Jim Broadbent, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro, Janelle Monae, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Allison Janey, Mila Kunis, Juliette Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Kate Beckinsale, Stanley Tucci, Laverne Cox and 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 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.

And if real life, eye opening stories are your thing we've got you covered with Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. Our new Sky Original documentaries include an exploration of how Liverpool became the epicentre of a drugs boom that was to change Britain forever (Liverpool Narcos), a revealing look at newly discovered footage from the Chernobyl disaster (Chernobyl 86), a look back at Britain's 40-year 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), executive produced by Louis Theroux and Aaron Fellows.

There's good news for anyone wanting to get their teeth into high-end drama too. After clinching the BAFTA for best mini-series for the last two years (Chernobyl and Patrick Melrose), there are four new series on their way from acclaimed TV writers Paul Abbott (Shameless, No Offence) with Wolfe David Farr (The Night Manager) with The Midwich Cuckoos and Joe Barton (Giri/Haji, The Batman) with Extinction and Michael Winterbottom (Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People) with This Sceptred Isle

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.

If you love film, Sky Cinema is the place for you with the latest box office movies alongside our new and exclusive 30 Sky Original films, including A Boy Called Christmas and Save The Cinema and A list stars from Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard through to Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro. And if real life stories are your thing, we've got compelling documentaries on everything from the drugs trade in 1980s Liverpool to the White House Farm Murders, alongside unmissable drama from world class writers including Paul Abbott, David Farr and Joe Barton and Michael Winterbottom.

This bumper schedule for 2021 and beyond is part of Sky's commitment to more than double its investment in original content by 2024. And work is underway on Sky Studios Elstree, our 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. We're also making all future Sky Originals net zero carbon as well.

Sky is also the place you can watch some of the best of US TV, with shows from HBO, Showtime and many more.

The new Sky Original TV shows and films announced today are:

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). 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: 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

This Sceptred Isle: BAFTA and Emmy award-winning actor Kenneth Branagh will 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

These new series join a line-up of high-quality Sky Original dramas already coming in 2021 including Landscapers starring Academy Award -winner Olivia Colman, new prison break drama Intergalactic and returning favourites Britannia and Temple.

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
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