Sky adds three new original titles to Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime slate

Tuesday 25 January 2022

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  • Sky marks first Netflix co-production with Predators for Sky Nature
  • Sky Documentaries feature documentary highlights the intriguing story of Manchester scientist Lee White in his role as Gabon’s environment minster
  • Sky Crime series investigates the truth behind mysterious deaths in paradise island

Sky today announced a slate of three new Sky Original documentaries launching across Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime this year. The new original commissions reinforce Sky’s commitment to provide customers with a destination for premium and diverse factual content. 

The newly commissioned documentaries include blue-chip natural history series Predators, which marks Sky’s first co-production with Netflix, will follow six apex predators as they face the ultimate survival test in ever-changing landscapes. The landmark six-part series will premiere on Sky Nature in the UK, Germany and Italy in Winter 2022. A recently announced trailer for the series can be viewed here.

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Sky Documentaries original film, Gabon (w/t) will explore the extraordinary story of a scientist from Manchester, who became the Environment Minister of Central African country Gabon after forming an unlikely friendship with President Ali Bongo. The country, also known as the ‘Earth’s second lung’, is at the heart of the global fight against environmental destruction and climate change. The feature length film will premiere on Sky Documentaries later this year.

On Sky Crime, Death on The Beach will examine the tragic roll call of numerous young travellers who have died under mysterious circumstances on the popular, remote backpacking Thai island, Koh Tao. The documentary will highlight the story of Chrissie Annesley, who travelled to the island in 2015 on a trip of a lifetime but was found dead in her beach hut two weeks later.  Death on the Beach will be available on Sky Crime in March 2022.

Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual commissioning at Sky, said: “We are committed to bringing innovative and original factual programming to our customers and this year is no different. Across Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime, our audiences will travel the globe, witnessing epic scenes as apex predators protect their position at the top of the food chain, meeting an environmental odd couple in a race to protect Gabon’s natural resources and searching for the truth behind mysterious deaths on a paradise island in Southeast Asia.”

Brand new in 2022, the newly commissioned titles are currently in production and will air throughout the year and will also be available on streaming service NOW. 

Sky Documentaries is the home of world-class, real-life stories from award-winning and emerging film makers, including new Sky Original documentaries, as well as acquisitions from HBO, SHOWTIME® and beyond. With a mix of feature length documentaries and limited series that challenge, provoke and entertain, the channel explores a broad range of topics from sport and real-world controversies through to biographies of some of the world’s most famous and infamous people. 

Sky Nature is the home of breath-taking natural history programming and is dedicated to exploring the beauty and wonder of the natural world and inspiring us all to do more to look after it.

Sky Crime is the home of premium true crime original series and high-end US true crime from Oxygen and HBO. 

Show information:

Predators 

In this compelling new blue-chip nature series, six apex predators face the ultimate test to survive as their rapidly changing world impacts both their own lives and that of the wild kingdoms over which they rule. Those at the top are now being challenged. Territories are being redrawn and new relationships formed. 

In this ever-shifting landscape, each predator must overcome new challenges and grasp new opportunities. For Polar Bears in Canada, Wild Dogs in Zimbabwe, Pumas in Chile, Lions in Botswana, Brown Bears in Russia, and Cheetahs in Tanzania, this is the ultimate power struggle. The stakes have never been higher - who will win and who will lose?  

We follow the stories of these six apex predators at a critical moment in their lives as they attempt to secure the future for the next generation.  Grappling with multiple responsibilities these are deadly hunters, caring parents, and cunning survivors who hold secrets and thrilling stories in their quest to survive. 

Produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios, in association with Netflix. This Sky Original series is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content and Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual. Predators is directed by Dan Smith and executive produced by Wendy Darke. The show runner for the series is Vanessa Coates

Gabon (w/t)

Gabon (w/t) tells the extraordinary story of a scientist from Manchester, who ended up as the Environment Minister of Gabon, and in an unlikely pairing with President Ali Bongo, is at the forefront of the global fight against rainforest destruction and climate change.

This is an ‘enviro-thriller’ that we all have a stake in. Gabon is one of only five remaining countries in the world that absorbs more carbon than it emits; if we lose their trees, we lose the fight against climate change. Sitting in the heart of the Congo Basin, known as ‘earth’s second lung’, the country is still 80% rainforest. But corruption, crime cartels and the red tape and bureaucracy of climate negotiations are all threatening to derail Minister Lee White’s plans.

Produced by Keo Films in association with Sky Studios. The Sky Original film is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content, Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual and Hayley Reynolds, commissioning editor. Distribution is managed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios. Gabon (w/t) is directed by Gavin Searle, executive produced by Will Anderson and Adrian Pennick and produced by Jacky Sloane.

Death on the Beach

In 2015, Chrissie Annesley travelled to the paradise island of Koh Tao, Thailand on a trip of a lifetime.  Two weeks later, she was found dead in her beach hut. Chrissie joined the tragic roll call of numerous young travellers who have died under mysterious circumstances on this most remote of Thailand’s islands. Were their deaths from misadventure, or part of a series of violent murders? Now, with privileged access to Chrissie’s family and the families of several other victims, we search for the truth behind the deaths on Koh Tao and ask what is really going on in paradise?   

Produced by Blast! Films and Sky Studios. The three-part Sky Original series is commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content and Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual. Distribution is managed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios. The series is directed by Jack Warrender, executive produced by Edmund Coulthard and Lindsay Shapero and produced by Ellen Arnold.

To view images from the Sky Original commissions announced today please visit Sky’s editorial asset centre. 

For further information please contact:

Hephzibah Kwakye-Saka - Hephzibah.kwakyesaka@sky.uk  

Notes to editors

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