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NEW: The Midwich Cuckoos. The Rising. Mother Teresa: For The Love of God? Anyone Can Sing. Predators.
Brand new in 2022, Sky reveals the TV that’s set to get the nation talking with five first-look trailers showcasing the latest Sky Originals. So, whether you are a fan of dramas, entertainment or documentaries, check out the trailers to get a sneak-peek at the latest must-see shows from Sky.
The line-up features much-loved British talent including Keeley Hawes, Max Beesley, Katherine Jenkins, as well as a never-seen before look at Mother Teresa and a ground-breaking new wildlife series.
Kicking off the year with an exclusive look at some of the shows that are set to get TV fans talking, Sky will also be launching a ‘TV fan club’ and Sky Cinema reviewers programme that will see real-fans and influencers previewing new Sky films and TV shows - putting the power of the review into the hands of the fans and kick-starting the conversation online.
To celebrate the exclusive look at the new shows, Sky commissioned new research that reveals we are in fact a nation that loves a good TV recommendation – with 48% of us admitting to having a trusted ‘go to’ when we want to know what to watch, with mums (12%) and best friends (11%) topping the list of who we trust the most.
The research also reveals that more than one in four (27%) Brits have posted a TV or film review online, demonstrating how us Brits are becoming a nation of armchair experts and couch critics.
You can check out the new first-look trailers by uttering the phrase ‘Brand New In 2022’ into your Sky voice-controlled remote, as well as catch up on returning favourites on your TV at home.
Other much-anticipated shows coming to Sky this year also include Game of Thrones prequel, House of The Dragon, thrilling drama Gangs of London 2 and the new adaptation of the much-loved book, The Time Travellers Wife.
Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content comments: “At Sky we know that the best TV is the TV that fuels our conversations, that you can’t stop talking about, the TV you want to recommend to your friends and family. And 2022 is set to be our biggest year yet, packed with programming that is going to get TV fans excited. It’s really exciting to be putting TV fans at the centre of our two new reviewer initiatives. Epic storytelling is at the heart of our Sky Originals and we love nothing better than the talkablity and buzz a great TV show can create!”
The Midwich Cuckoos – Premieres this summer on Sky Max and NOW
An exciting modern-day reimagining of John Wyndham’s science fiction classic starring Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley. Midwich is a quiet commuter town where nothing much happens. That is, until the twilight hours of a late summer’s day, when everyone within a set area of the town falls unconscious. The curious incident seems temporary and those affected regain consciousness, but every woman of child-bearing age inside the zone has suddenly and inexplicably fallen pregnant. As the children of the phenomenon grow, it becomes clear they are not of this world.
The Rising – Premieres on 11 March on Sky Max and NOW
Neve Kelly is dead. Understandably, she’s scared and confused by this new (non) existence, but moreover, when she realises she has been murdered, she’s furious. Determined to find her killer and get justice, she takes advantage of her new supernatural abilities to go where the police can’t and investigate her own death. In doing so, she uncovers deeply buried secrets and is forced to re-examine everything about her life and the people she cared about.
Predators – Premieres in 2022 on Sky Nature and NOW
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, Puma 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.
Anyone Can Sing – Premieres in March on Sky Arts and NOW
Six discordant participants are put through their paces as their voices are transformed from screeching in the shower to singing like a soprano, proving that all of us can hold a tune. The English National Opera’s world-class vocal coaches - Nicky Spence, Sarah Pring and Michael Harper - will mentor the would-be singers throughout the process, giving masterclasses on everything from vocal technique to stage presence and setting them a series of musical challenges with the help of singing superstars such as Katherine Jenkins to take their singing to the next level – all in the space of three months.
Mother Teresa: For The Love of God? - Premieres in March on Sky Documentaries and NOW
The extraordinary truth about one of the most revered, yet enigmatic, controversial, and complex figures in contemporary history. Told through the multiple viewpoints from those who knew her best and drawing on archive and personal letters where we hear from Mother Teresa in her own words, this series tells the astonishing story of a latter-day Saint.
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First Look Trailers Production Credits
The Midwich Cuckoos was commissioned by Manpreet Dosanjh, commissioning editor at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK. The series is written by David Farr, Sasha Hails, Namsi Khan and Laura Lomas. Alice Troughton (Baghdad Central, A Discovery of Witches) is the lead director, with Jennifer Perrott (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Who) serving as director. The series is produced by Route 24 and Snowed-In Productions in association with Sky Studios. The executive producers are Marc Samuelson and Robert Cheek for Route 24 and Ruth Kenley-Letts and Neil Blair for Snowed-In Productions. Series producer is Eliza Mellor (Poldark, Behind Her Eyes).
The Rising is the second in-house production from Sky Studios and the first to be produced entirely in-house. The Sky Original drama was commissioned by Manpreet Dosanjh, commissioning editor at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK. Serena Thompson serves as executive producer for Sky Studios alongside Julian Stevens (The Fall, The Missing) and Pete McTighe (A Discovery of Witches). Ed Lilly (Industry) will serve as lead director, followed by Thora Hilmarsdottir (Stella Blomkvist). Written by Pete McTighe and Charlotte Wolf (The Last Kingdom), alongside a writing team of Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host) and Laura Grace (Das Boot).
Predators was 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.
Anyone Can Sing was commissioned by Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts and Entertainment. The commissioning editor for Sky is Benedetta Pinelli. Lisa Fairbank is series director and the executive producer is Julie Heathcote.
Mother Teresa: For The Love of God? is a Sky Original documentary produced by Minnow Films in association with Sky Studios. Commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky managing director of content and Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual. Distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios. The series is directed by Benedict Sanderson and Ziyaad Desai, produced by Dearbhaile Flynn and executive produced by Sophie Leonard and Sophie Jones.
January 26, 2022 4:42am ET by SKY