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Sky unveils slate of new unscripted commissions

February 22, 2024

Sky has announced an array of new unscripted original and exclusive commissions, coming soon to Sky Documentaries and Sky Arts.

Coming to Sky Documentaries later this year, Klitschko: The Fight of his Life (w/t) directed by Kevin Macdonald offers viewers unprecedented access to former heavyweight boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko, along with his brother Wladimir (pictured), who together dominated the sport for more than a decade. Now the longest serving Mayor of Kyiv, this feature-length Sky Original documentary charts Vitali’s journey from the ring to political office, ultimately leading the defence of the capital when it was attacked by Russian forces in February 2022.

Following the critical acclaim of Liverpool Narcos and Dublin Narcos comes Ibiza Narcos, the third instalment of the Narcos strand, presenting the story of how a tiny, sleepy Mediterranean Island was transformed into one the world’s most vibrant party capitals, fuelled by a dangerous and lucrative drugs trade which drew as many criminals to its shores as it did party animals.

Also coming this year to Sky Documentaries, Black Widow follows the decade-long police investigation into one of Britain’s most dangerous female murderers. Over 20 years, Dena Thompson who was known as ‘The Black Widow’, carried out a sustained campaign of fraud, deception, bigamy, and murder. Using Lonely Hearts columns to lure a succession of husbands and dozens of lovers into her life, she was able to coerce them into giving up their life’s savings, their homes, their families, and their freedom based on her bizarre but convincing stories.

Sky Arts will be going Backstage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra giving audiences unrivalled access behind the scenes in this new four-part series following the London Philharmonic Orchestra as they open their new season with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

My Week with Maggi Hambling sees art historian and curator Kate Bryan, who filmed many of her experiences on her iPhone, spending long days with Maggi Hambling at home and in her studio, where the artist rises daily at 5am, and sets to work despite her recent near-fatal heart attack. Discussing everything from her creative processes and her muses to speeding tickets, cinnamon buns and being a reluctant queer icon, this one-off film draws an intimate portrait of an artist usually out of the limelight and explores her acclaimed body of work.

The Pilgrimage of Gilbert & George is an immersive Sky Arts feature documentary that weaves together a body of multiple new interviews with a rich tapestry of historic and rare archive, to create an engrossing reflection on their journey: from their very first public work as ‘living sculptures’, they have never failed to attract fascination and controversy, admiration, and shock.

All titles are commissioned for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland. Sky Documentaries titles are commissioned by Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual. Sky Arts titles are commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment. Commissioning Editors for factual are Tom Barry and Hayley Reynolds and Commissioning Editors for arts are Barbara Lee and Benedetta Pinelli.

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