Comcast’s Sky is premiering five new documentaries in 2021 as the British broadcaster and telco fortifies its slate with 50% more original film and TV programming than last year.
The films join some 30 documentaries slated for 2021 as part of the company’s commitment to double its investment in original content by 2024.
As part of that effort, work is underway on the previously announced North London film and TV studio Sky Studios Elstree, scheduled to open in 2022.
Premiering in Spring 2021 on Sky Documentaries and Now TV, the 3 x 60-minute series Liverpool Narcos tells the story of how Liverpool became the epicenter of Britain’s drug boom. It is directed by Anthony Philipson and produced by Blast! Films and Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series.
From Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse Productions comes the 3 x 60-minute The Bambers: Murder at the Farm (w/t), which re-examines the case of Jeremy Bamber and the White House Farm murders. The series airs this summer on Sky Crime and Now TV. Theroux and Arron Fellows are executive producers.
Heading to Sky Documentaries and Now TV this winter, Positive (3 x 60 minutes) marks Britain’s 40-year struggle with HIV/AIDs and is produced by Arrow Pictures; while animal docu-soap Gangs of Macaque Island (5 x 60 minutes) follows the daily lives of rival black-crested macaque troops in the remote forests of Sulawesi’s Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia.
Gangs of Macaque Island is produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series.
Finally, the 90-minute documentary Chernobyl ’86, directed by James Jones, tells the story of Chernobyl through newly discovered archive footage and interviews with those who were there.
The film, produced by Top Hat in association with Sky Studios, is slated for 2022.
These five documentaries join the factual programming already coming to Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature in 2021, including Murder at the Cottage, Bruno v Tyson and Shark with Steve Backshall.