Art and culture lovers will be able to enjoy a diverse range of
programmes celebrating music, culture and performance, with the
following key programmes due to air in the days and weeks following Sky
Arts’ free-to-air debut, Sky Arts Late, Brian Johnson Meets Dave
Grohl, Guy Garvey: From the Vaults, Urban Myths, Danny Dyer on Harold
Pinter, Life and Rhymes, No Masks, Portrait Artist of the Year &
Portrait Artist of the Week, The South Bank Show, Boswell &
Johnson’s Scottish Road Trip with Frank Skinner and Denise Mina and many more.
While the Sky Arts linear channel is now free for everyone, the
extensive Sky Arts On Demand library of arts content, with more than
2,000 hours of shows, will remain exclusive to Sky and NOW TV
entertainment pass customers.
For more information contact:
Hannah Harris-Turner, Premier Comms, Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Mitchell, Senior PR Manager, Sky, email@example.com
To view images of Sky Arts programming please visit Sky’s editorial asset centre.
View the full Sky Arts press pack here.
Notes to editors:
Full details on programming announcements:
BOYS has been commissioned by Paul Gilbert, Executive Producer, Sky
Studios and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment.
Offended by Irvine Welsh, Sky Arts Book Club Live and Charles
Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me have been commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones,
Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment and Zai Bennett, Managing
Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland.
BOYS (1x25) Ashley Walters will make his directorial
debut with BOYS, a Sky original short film written by newcomer Jerome
Holder and produced by Walters’ SLNda in association with Sky Studios.
Against the grey but beautiful backdrop of East London’s skyscrapers
and estates, two best friends, Noah (Hector Abbott) and Lewis (Jude
Chinchen), embark on a journey into manhood, set in motion by a promise
that must be fulfilled. Noah’s big brother, Nick (played by UK rapper
Devlin), is serving a lengthy sentence at her majesty’s pleasure, and
bestows upon his teenage brother a list of items he needs in jail. In an
act of blind loyalty, Noah and Lewis set out to fulfil Nick’s wishes,
but along the way are faced with challenges and hurdles that will shape
them and the men they will become. BOYS is due to TX in November 2020 on
Sky Arts and NOW TV.
BOYS is produced by SLNda in association with Sky Studios.. Executive
producers are Nagajan Modhwadia and Ashley Walters for SLNda and Paul
Gilbert for Sky Studios. Director is Ashley Walters. Producer is Saba
Speaking about the film, Director and Executive Producer Ashley Walters said: “I
was immediately drawn to the innocence of this story written by
promising new screenwriter Jerome Holder. I’m thrilled to be making my
directorial debut with Boys which will be the first short film we’re
producing at SLNda, and I’m thankful to Sky Studios for believing in our
Offended by Irvine Welsh (1x60): Irvine Welsh
explores the nature of offence and its impact. Does the fear of offence
and cancel culture affect artists creative risk taking? He sets out to
reclaim the right to offend – but not abuse – as an essential tool for
artists. Why is everyone so easily offended these days? Indignant,
outraged, howling for justice over a social media post, a bad joke or a
provocative image? He’ll ask whether there is an ‘industry of offence’,
willingly mobilised by some artists, filmmakers, and comedians, as well
as political activists, media provocateurs and individuals craving
attention. And if this distracts us from the things we should really be
getting offended about – like systemic inequality and existential
threats to humanity’s future. Offended by Irvine Welsh is due to TX in
autumn 2020 on Sky Arts and NOW TV.
Offended by Irvine Welsh is produced by Lion TV with executive producer
Siobhan Mulholland. It is produced and directed by Mike Christie.
Barbara Lee is commissioning editor for Sky.
Talking about the film, Irvine Welsh said: "I’m
excited to take viewers on an exploration into why we’ve become so easy
to offend and to understand the impact that has had on creativity. I
think the word ‘offensive’ should be reclaimed. It’s a good thing to be
offensive and f*** people who feel offended about everything."
Sky Arts Book Club Live (4x120), A glass of wine, a
few tasty morsels, and a good read. Sky Arts recreates all the joys of a
book club as hosts Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day invite four members of
an existing club to chat about some new releases and favourite
classics. Then each episode, we’ll bring in the author to answer
questions from our club - and a worldwide audience - as the show is
simulcast on @SkyTV Facebook
live. We’ll learn what’s on the bedside table of some celebrity
authors, and online influencer Simon Savidge recommends some lesser
known gems. The show will air live on Sky Arts and the @SkyTV Facebook
page giving people at home the unique opportunity to be part of the
club. Feet up, for the perfect Sunday evening on Sky Arts and NOW TV.
Sky Arts Book Club Live is due to TX on October 18 2020.
Sky Arts Book Club Live is produced by Storyvault. Samantha Richards
and Stuart Prebble are the executive producers and the series editor is
Anne Elletson. Benedetta Pinelli is commissioning editor for Sky.
Speaking on the series, author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day said: “I'm
so delighted to be a part of this brilliant new show, which puts books
and readers right back at the heart of arts programming. As an author,
I'm giddily excited at the prospect of sharing fantastic new releases
and old favourites with the audience; and as a reader I couldn't think
of a better way to spend my Sunday evenings than chatting about books
with people from all over the country. I'm so grateful to Sky Arts and
Philip Edgar-Jones and am thrilled that I get to co-host with the
wonderful Andi Oliver. Now, please excuse me as I get back to this
really great novel I'm reading...”
Talking about Sky Arts Book Club Live, co-host Andi Oliver said: “I
could not be more excited to be working alongside the excellent
Elizabeth Day for the first time and with gorgeous Simon Savidge for the
second time, on the Sky Arts Book Club Live! Bringing together two of
my greatest loves: books and cookbooks and getting the chance to share
them with other people? yes please! I am a very happy, happy, HAPPY
Charles Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me (1x60), marking
the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Charles
Hazlewood explores the life of the great composer, taking a personal and
unique perspective on this troubled genius and a detailed look at his
famous 5th symphony masterpiece. The documentary will unearth themes
about his life that have never been investigated before and deliver a
unique portrait of this extraordinary genius. At its heart, Charles will
explore aspects of Beethoven’s deafness and potential autism with
personal insight and performances from members of the Paraorchestra,
some of whom share Beethoven’s conditions. A ground-breaking and highly
personal exploration of the greatest composer of them all by Charles
Hazlewood, founder of the award winning Paraorchestra. Charles
Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me will TX in winter 2020.
Charles Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me is produced by Factory 42 with
executive producer James Hunt. Barbara Lee is commissioning editor for
Speaking on the documentary, Charles Hazlewood, said: “This
film is a thrilling new departure for me and will be the most intensely
personal programme I’ve made on Beethoven, as we have a common thread:
we were both abused as children. I have always had an incredibly stormy
relationship with his music: it takes me close to hell at times, and yet
I always feel ecstatic in the moment of performance! Armed with my
beloved Paraorchestra - my favourite group of musicians in the entire
world - the ecstatic end-point will be all the richer.”
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