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Projects from Raw, Nutopia, Expectation join Sky’s factual slate

Sky has unveiled six new factual commissions to air across its Sky Documentaries, Crime, Nature and History channels. The new commissions include three Sky Documentaries titles, beginning with the four-part The Assassination ...
May 16, 2022

Sky has unveiled six new factual commissions to air across its Sky Documentaries, Crime, Nature and History channels.

The new commissions include three Sky Documentaries titles, beginning with the four-part The Assassination of Olof Palme (pictured), which covers the killing of the Swedish prime minister in 1986. The series, produced by Raw in association with Discovery, will air in early 2023.

Produced by Blast! Films and Sky Studios, the three-part Italia ’90 follows five of the most memorable teams from the 1990 FIFA World Cup, while placing the tournament in the context of major contemporaneous events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the civil wars of Yugoslavia. The series also discusses the notorious English football hooliganism of the 1980s, and the emergence of a new football culture in the 1990s. Former players such as Paul Gascoigne, Roger Milla and Lothar Matthäus were interviewed for the series, which is scheduled to premiere in November.

Slated for early 2023 is The Essex Murders (w/t), which covers the shooting of the drug dealers known as the “Essex Boys” and the role they played in the ecstasy trade during Britain’s booming rave scene. The three-part series, produced by Expectation TV in association with Sky Studios, also takes a look at the men convicted for their murders, who continue to maintain their innocence.

October will see the premiere of Libby Are You Home Yet?, a three-part series that will air on Sky Crime. The true-crime doc tells the story of Libby Squire, a 21-year-old student who was abducted and murdered while walking home from a club in Hull in 2019, and whose disappearance sparked the largest manhunt in Humberside police history. The series is produced by Candour TV in association with Sky Studios, and boasts access to investigators on the case, as well as Squire’s friends and family.

Set to air on Sky Nature in early 2023 is Arctic from Above with Liz Bonin, produced by Lion TV in association with Sky Studios. The series follows Bonin, a wildlife biologist, as she travels to the Arctic to employ a new aerial approach in her research, using drones, satellite trackers and enhanced imagery to study such animals as polar bears, arctic foxes, walruses and wolves.

Last up is The Royal Mob, a drama-documentary series for Sky History from Nutopia that tells the story of the extended royal family through the eyes of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters, the Hesse sisters. Set to premiere in November, the series will combine premium scripted drama with testimony from expert historians.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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