LIAM PAYNE CONFIRMED FOR ‘ANT MIDDLETON & LIAM PAYNE: STRAIGHT TALKING’
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‘Ant Middleton & Liam Payne: Straight Talking’, a unique and brand-new interview special, will launch on Sky One and NOW TV on November 12, 2019, with extreme adventurer Ant Middleton and special guest and singer/songwriter and former One Direction star, Liam Payne.
The Sky original, produced by Potato, part of ITV Studios, will see Ant Middleton travel with Liam to Southern Africa, leaving the hustle and bustle of day to day life to allow honest conversation and self-discovery to thrive.
In the episode, former Special Forces Soldier Ant Middleton (SAS: Who Dares Wins/C4) will take on a journey of a lifetime across Namibia as the show kicks off with Liam Payne. With only a 4x4, a backpack and each other’s company, Ant and Liam will drive into the heart of big game country and camp under the stars surrounded by some of the world’s deadliest animals.
Conversation is candid and revealing as the pair bond on their trip, with Ant discussing a variety of subjects relating to Liam’s public and private life. Liam opened up on the journey about life in the public eye; and likewise, got to ask Ant a few deep questions of his own experiences.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment at Sky adds: “There’s more to Ant Middleton than being an SAS tough guy. He’s also a smart and empathetic interrogator, so we wanted to turn that skill into a unique new interview show which will see Ant probe his subject in a spectacular setting over an extended period. We’re delighted that the brilliant Liam Payne has joined for the special programme to him lay himself bare.”
Platinum-selling Liam Payne has sold more than 18 million singles in two years as a solo artist since leaving One Direction. His hit debut single ‘Strip That Down’ sold 11.5 million copies and has been streamed over 1.8 billion times, while latest single ‘Polaroid’ sold two million copies. Liam has been streamed a staggering total of 2.7 billion times, making him the most successful solo artist of any current One Direction member.
The special is the latest in a string of recent commissions as Sky continues to more than double its investment in original content, including the creation of Sky Studios. Forthcoming Sky originals include Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren; Code 404 with Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays; Brassic with Michelle Keegan and Joe Gilgun; Hit Men, Mel and Sue’s first scripted comedy series and a second series of movie panel show There’s Something About Movies, hosted by Alan Carr.
2019 has been a record year for Sky originals with 19-time Emmy-nominated Chernobyl becoming the most watched original ever with over 4 million viewers of the season finale. And away from the screen, Sky secured a record BAFTA haul with seven awards, including A League Of Their Own winning Comedy Entertainment Programme.
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Available anytime, anywhere in the UK, you can watch through a NOW TV Box or NOW TV Smart Stick, or on the web. The NOW TV app is also available on over 60 devices.
Bafta award-winning Potato, created six years ago by Managing Director Michael Kelpie, is part of ITV Studios. Responsible for ratings juggernauts like The Chase and Ninja Warrior UK, Potato produce 300+ hours of programming in the UK and USA. Their diverse range of programmes includes Bear Grylls: Survival School, The Mummy Diaries, Autopsy: The Last Hours..., Iain Stirling’s Celebability, My Favourite Sketch, Paddington 24/7, Breaking The Band & The Big Reunion
August 21, 2019 6:43am ET by SKY