Sky Announce Suite of New TV Programmes for 2016
2015 was a huge year for Sky’s TV efforts. Backed by a war chest of £600 million in funding for new programming, the combined forces of Sky’s entertainment channels have been at work commissioning bold new series like The Last Panthers and Fortitude, alongside bringing great programmes from overseas like The Muppets, Game of Thrones and Dag. Needless to say, it was a year that saw Sky go from TV service to creator of some of the UK’s most loved and talked about TV programmes. That shift was far from accidental, and as we move into 2016, it’s something that Sky are looking to keep up, especially as Virgin Media come nipping at their heels with the launch of their AMC channel.
To that end, the company have announced a range of new programming, some commissioned and some brought over from other channels, which should see Sky customers entertained for hours on end throughout 2015. So, without further ado, let’s find out what they are.
First up is ‘Robin’s Test’ the latest comedy from national treasure and underrated comedic genius Julia Davis. Hot off the heels of the final episodes of Hunderby, Davis’ extremely dark costume comedy masterpiece for Sky Atlantic, Robin’s Test will see her return to the channel for another six part comedy experience.
Telling the tale of a group of couples on a birthday camping trip to Dorset, which quickly unravels once party girl Fay (Julia Davis) arrives with her new lover Tom (Rufus Jones) and the holiday takes a new, unexpected turn. With an all-star cast that brings together Steve Pemberton, Vicki Pepperdine, Jonathan Cake, Liz Berrington and David Pamber (alongside Davis and Jones), Robin’s Test is promising to be one of the great delights of Sky Atlantic when it airs later in 2016.
Elsewhere, following the success of Sky 1’s range of superhero programming which includes the likes of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow, Sky have purchased exclusive rights to ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ a new series that will launch during 2016. The series kicks off with time-travelling rogue Rip Hunter (played by Dr Who’s Arthur Darvill) seeing a terrible future put together a group of heroes and villains in order to take on the formidable, almost-unstoppable threat of Vandal Savage. That team is played by some of the hottest young actors around, including Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell and Caity Lotz.
The news that BBC Three would be closing down during 2016 was received with mixed response, but among the key questions would be what would happen to firm favourites like Family Guy and Don’t Tell the Bride. Well, we’ve now gotten word that the latter will be heading to Sky 1 for their new series. Yes, that’s right, Don’t Tell the Bride is coming to Sky 1, and doubtlessly driving a number of Freeview customers to the Sky contact telephone number 0844 800 3115. That means there’ll be more disastrous ‘event’ weddings, more ill-fitting dresses and more tears than ever before, all on Sky 1.
Finally, there’s more details about Stan Lee’s ‘Lucky Man’, a bold new crime drama that stars James Nesbitt as a down at heel cop who is given a mysterious bracelet that grants him astonishing luck. However, as Harry soon finds out, luck comes at the expense of others, and always finds a way of balancing out. Created by comic book legend Stan Lee, the series now has a full trailer and will air during January 2016.