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Sky commits to original British drama

January 17, 2013

Idris Elba

Sky has stepped up its commitment to original British drama with the announcement of a line up of brand new, original drama, featuring stars including Dominic Cooper, Vanessa Redgrave, Kylie Minogue, Idris Elba and Matt Smith.

Running across Sky’s portfolio of entertainment channels, the raft of new drama commissions, complemented by popular returning series, is part of Sky’s drive to bring more high-quality, exclusive programmes to customers. It is supported by Sky’s commitment to invest £600 million a year in home-grown programming by 2014, an increase of 50 per cent over three years.

The new commissions, which will air on Sky1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts, include: Fleming, The Reckless Season, Mad Dogs: The Finale, Playhouse Presents, Moonfleet, The Smoke, Strike Back, The Tunnel and Dracula.

The slate was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah.  She comments: “At Sky we have a strong ambition to deliver modern, original dramas that are both entertaining and intelligent. We seek to bring our customers the most innovative and bold pieces produced by some of the brightest talent in drama programming today. Our broad range of entertainment channels has allowed us to commission this diverse and rich drama slate, providing customers with a wealth of choice and I’m thrilled to be able to unveil this fantastic line up.  The most exciting thing is that this is just the part of the growing drama story at Sky.”

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