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Sky Arts to air Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019

August 22, 2019

Sky Arts will broadcast live from this year’s The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival bringing viewers all the news and coverage from the famous literary event.

A Sky original series, Cheltenham Literature Festival Live, will air daily from October 7th to 13th between 7pm-10pm. The series will also be available on streaming service NOW TV.

Cheltenham is the world’s oldest literary festival, drawing in leading novelists, poets, comedians, historians, philosophers, actors and politicians from around the world.  Among the names confirmed to take part in this year’s festival are Debbie Harry, Tessa Hadley, Louis Theroux, Helena Bonham Carter, David Cameron, Richard Ayoade, Candice Carty-Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Celeste Ng, James O’Brien, Lenny Henry, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Malorie Blackman and Cressida Cowell.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Sky’s Head of Entertainment, said “The Cheltenham Literature Festival has been celebrating writing and supporting writers for 70 glorious years. Their passion for books and great storytelling is second to none and we are delighted to be bringing the Sky Arts audience the whole festival experience with our unprecedented live coverage.”

Cheltenham Live was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Entertainment. The series will be made by Storyvault and the commissioning editor for Sky is Bill Hobbins.  The executive producers for Storyvault are  Sam Richards and Danielle Graham.

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