Round Up Of Sky’s New Originals, Returning Shows & Films For 2021/2022
As you may have noticed from the deluge of posts today, Sky has announced a truckload of new commissions this morning, some of which I’ve been highlighting individually. However, they are only the tip of the iceberg, as the broadcaster has announced a more than 125 new and returning Sky Originals, including comedy, drama, documentaries, films, and more! Rather than be here all day doing separate articles, I’ve put together a roundup of some of those shows below.
Intergalactic – Sky One – Spring 2021 (New)
Sci-fi drama which follows Ash, a young flight cadet falsely imprisoned before becoming embroiled in an audacious prison break-out. Across their perilous escape through space, this disparate gang of dynamic women fight, fall in love and betray each other. But one thing is for certain, the further they travel from Earth, the closer they come to understanding who they truly are. Watch Trailer…
Wolfe – Sky One – Autumn 2021 (New)
Babou Ceesay (Guerilla, Rogue One) stars as a lauded forensic pathologist in this new drama written by Paul Abbott (Shameless, No Offence, Clocking Off). Read More…
Temple, Season 2 – Sky One – Autumn 2021
Temple is back and this time, Daniel (Mark Strong) is in even deeper trouble. In the first season, he just about kept the plates in the air as he looked after his wife, Beth (Catherine McCormack), in an illicit clinic underneath Temple tube station. But now everything comes crashing down as Beth wakes from her coma and demands answers. Watch Trailer…
Landscapers – Sky Atlantic – 2021 (New)
Inspired by real events, the drama explores the lives of convicted killers Susan (Olivia Colman) and Christopher Edwards and asks how this devoted and mild-mannered couple came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade. Read More…
Britannia, Season 3 – Sky Atlantic – 2021
David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey and Eleanor Worthington-Cox return in the historical drama. Season 3 sees a radical transformation in Cait’s journey as the Chosen One with a decision that will tie her to the future of her war-torn people and their ravaged land. Aulus comes under pressure from a new and dark force – otherwise known as his wife, whilst Amena finds herself in a lethal Ménage à trois with both of them. Divis gets a new job which he despises, and Veran goes to the underworld and sees the future. Read More…
COBRA Season 2 – Sky One – 2021
In the aftermath of both solar and political storms, Prime Minister Robert Sutherland (Robert Carlyle) will attempt to steer the country on a more even course, assisted as ever by his loyal Chief-of-Staff Anna Marshall (Victoria Hamilton), alongside a team of dedicated advisers.
An assassination on British soil, however, unleashes a chain of events that threatens to develop into a crisis even more serious than the one from which the country has recently emerged. An invisible global enemy, not playing by the rules and operating outside national boundaries, appears to be bent on our destruction, leaving an entire country unsure as to who is friend and who is foe.
The Midwich Cuckoos – Sky One – 2022 (New)
John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel is given a modern adaptation for the screen by David Farr (The Night Manager). Read More…
Extinction – Sky One – 2022 (New)
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). Read More…
This Sceptred Isle – Sky Atlantic – Autumn 2022 (New)
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. Read More…
Original Entertainment and Comedy
Bloods – Sky One – 10th March 2021 (New)
When tough-acting loner Maleek (Samson Kayo) is paired with over-friendly divorcee Wendy (Jane Horrocks), their partnership looks dead on arrival. But pretty soon they’re giving each other life support. Watch Trailer…
Breeders, Season 2 – Sky One – Spring 2021
The series sees Martin Freeman star as Paul, a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was. His partner in this impossibly steep parental climb is Ally (Daisy Haggard), who runs a recording studio, makes Paul laugh and has the ability to read a story to their children while she’s technically asleep.
Russell Howard’s Back To The Future Stand Up Show (wt) – Sky One – Summer 2021 (New)
Russell Howard will be travelling around New Zealand and Australia in this new travelogue punctuated by stand-up comedy. Howard is the first stand-up comedian from the Northern Hemisphere to perform in New Zealand since the global lockdown. Whilst on tour we will see Russell explore the country punctuated by stand-up comedy, meet locals, and experience quintessentially Kiwi activities before embarking to Australia in this new travelogue.
Brassic, Season 3 – Sky One – Autumn 2021
Sky’s biggest original comedy returns. In the last season of ‘Brassic’, fans were left with a cliff-hanger: What did Erin (Michelle Keegan) whisper to Vinnie (Joe Gilgun)? Join them and the rest of the gang – Tommo, Dylan, JJ, Ashley, Carol, Cardi, Sugar and Farmer Jim – as they continue to celebrate the chaos with more misadventures and schemes. Watch Trailer…
The Russell Howard Hour, Season 5 – Sky One – Autumn 2021
For those of you that can’t get enough of Mr. Howard, he will be back with more topical comedy.
A League Of Their Own, Season 16 – Sky One – Autumn 2021
The sports comedy panel show is set to return with more ridiculous antics from Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp and the rest of the team.
Code 404, Season 2 – Sky One – 2021
Detective Inspectors DI John Major (Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Graham) are the top crime-fighting duo in the Unit. But when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. Full of guilt and regret about Major’s untimely death, Roy turns to the only person who understands him, John’s wife, Kelly (Maxwell Martin). However, John gets a reboot. Chosen by the police as the prototype for a new A.I. driven initiative, John is brought back from the dead – much to the surprise of Roy and Kelly. He’d like to believe he’s better than ever, but something isn’t quite right…
Intelligence, Season 2 – Sky One – 2021
Nick Mohammed and David Schwimmer will return for a second series of Intelligence, a workplace comedy set in the UK’s GCHQ – a kind of weedier, geekier version of MI5, where they tackle international and domestic cyber-crime from a desktop.
Safe Space – Sky One – 2022 (New)
A psychotherapist in a small market town dispenses advice to his clients to suit his own desperate need to control them. Starring, written and created by BAFTA-winning comedian Greg Davies. Read More…
Bruno v Tyson – Sky Documentaries – 26th February 2021 (New)
From Oscar and BAFTA-winning film-maker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and Benjamin Hirsch (Idris Elba: No Limits, Idris Elba: Fighter), Bruno v Tyson profiles the staggering highs and lows of one of sport’s most iconic rivalries. The compelling film explores what happened when Britain’s gentle giant, Frank Bruno, came up against America’s ‘baddest man on the planet’ Mike Tyson.
Liverpool Narcos – Sky Documentaries – Spring 2021 (New)
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 dealing became a multi-billion pound business.
Shark with Steve Backshall – Sky Nature – Autumn 2021 (New)
This revelatory series celebrates the wonder of sharks and dispels the myth that they are just cold-blooded killers. Steve Backshall, a naturalist and shark expert, gets us closer to sharks, to encounter a diverse and incredible family of over 400 different types. Teaming up with world-leading scientists, Steve will make stunning discoveries, revealing glow in the dark sharks, sharks that walk on land and ancient sharks over 400 years old.
The Bambers: Murder at the Farm – Sky Crime – 2021 (New)
Using first-hand testimony and unseen archive footage to re-examine the shocking events at White House Farm, this documentary explores evidence that has emerged since the original trial of Jeremy Bamber. From Executive Producers Louis Theroux and Arron Fellows.
Murder at the Cottage – Sky Crime – 2021 (New)
Six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father) is to make his documentary series debut with Murder at the Cottage: The search for justice for Sophie, a new five-part series that examines the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork in 1996.
Positive – Sky Documentaries – Winter 2021 (New)
Positive marks Britain’s 40-year struggle with HIV/AIDS, through interviews with some of the earliest HIV patients and real-life heroes.
Gangs of Macaque Island – Sky Nature – Winter 2021 (New)
A light-hearted animal docu-soap, following the daily lives of rival black-crested macaque troops in the remote forests of Sulawesi’s Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia.
Chernobyl 86 – Sky Documentaries – 2022 (New)
Chernobyl ’86 tells the story of Chernobyl through newly discovered archive footage and original interviews with those who were there. Directed by Emmy Award winner James Jones.
The United States v Billie Holiday – Sky Cinema – 26th February 2021
In the 1940’s, the US government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit,” a defiant cry against lynching. Directed by Lee Daniels, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and starring Andra Day.
The Glorias – Sky Cinema – 7 March 2021
The Glorias is the female-led story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem; known for her world-shaping activism, guidance of the revolutionary women’s movement, and writing that has impacted generations. Written and directed by Julie Taymor.
Creation Stories – Sky Cinema – 20 March 2021
Written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh, Creation Stories charts the true story of the rise and fall of Creation Records and its infamous founder Alan McGee, who signed generation-defining bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream.
Six Minutes to Midnight – Sky Cinema – 26 March 2021
Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard and Academy Award winner Judi Dench battle to protect a group of students from the grip of Hitler in this World War II thriller.
Antebellum – Sky Cinema – April 2021
A terrifying new thriller with a kiss of horror from the producer of the acclaimed films Get Out and Us, starring Janelle Mona?e.
Breaking News in Yuba County – Sky Cinema – Spring 2021
A dark and twisted comedy that explores the outrageous lengths some people will go to in order to garner some much-desired attention. Starring Allison Janney, Mila Kunis and Awkwafina.
The Secrets We Keep Sky Cinema – Spring 2021
In post-WWII America, a woman rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband kidnaps her neighbour and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her. Starring Noomi Rapace, Chris Messina and Joel Kinnaman.
The Comeback Trail – Sky Cinema – Summer 2021
Two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. Starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Zach Braff.
Kindred – Sky Cinema – Summer 2021
A psychological thriller about a vulnerable mother-to-be who is taken in by her recently deceased boyfriend’s mother and stepson, who seem increasingly obsessed with her every move. Starring Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), Tamara Lawrence (The Long Song) and Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scots, Dunkirk).
Extinct – Sky Cinema – Summer 2021
Op and Ed are two adorable doughnut-shaped animals — FLUMMELS — who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. Starring Rachel Bloom, Adam Devin and Ken Jeong.
Every Breath You Take – Sky Cinema – Summer/Autumn 2021
Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck stars as a psychiatrist who finds his life in turmoil following the sudden suicide of his patient. When he invites his patient’s surviving brother (Sam Claflin) into his home to meet his wife (Michelle Monaghan) and daughter, his family life and career are suddenly torn apart.
Monster Family 2 – Sky Cinema – October 2021
To free Baba Yaga and Renfield from the clutches of Monster Hunter Mila Starr, the Wishbone Family once more transforms into a Vampire, Frankenstein’s Monster, a Mummy and a Werewolf. Starring Jason Isaacs, Emily Watson and Nick Frost.
Save The Cinema – Sky Cinema – Winter 2021
Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma and Tom Felton star in this new British film based on true events. Liz Evans makes it her mission to stop her local cinema from being demolished. Coming Winter 2021
A Boy Called Christmas – Sky Cinema – Winter 2021
An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Based on the bestselling book by Matt Haig, starring Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins and Toby Jones, produced by Blueprint Pictures and StudioCanal and directed by Gil Kenan.
Jolt – Sky Cinema – date TBC
A female-driven action-comedy that follows Lindy (Kate Beckinsale), a bouncer with a murderous anger management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest to shock herself back into normalcy whenever she feels homicidal. Starring Stanley Tucci and Laverne Cox.
“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,” commented Zai Bennett, Managing Director, Content, Sky UK & Ireland. “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.”
I think it’s fair to say, you’re not going to be short of things to watch on Sky and NOW TV over the next few years, and this isn’t even a complete list! You also have all the US imports on top of all the new Sky Originals, so make sure you check back on the site for the latest info. You can also sign up to our “Never Miss” feature to help make sure you never miss a return date for your favourite tv shows in the UK.
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