Sky reveal over fifty original productions will air on their channels in 2018.
“There’s never been a more competitive time to be in the content business and I’m incredibly excited by the scale, quality and authenticity of the UK TV industry right now. Next year will see over 50 Sky Original Productions on air and over 20 of these will be returners – a testament to the popularity of our shows – and it doesn’t stop there, with our increased investment, the focus for 2018 remains getting even better on screen.” – Managing Director, Content Gary Davey
Responding to demand from viewers for more high-quality programming, and building on a successful year for Sky Original Productions, the announcement takes the number of original series on Sky in 2018 to over 50, of which 24 are returning shows.
Following success earlier this year Sky’s best-performing original series to date, Riviera returns with Julia Stiles reprising the role of Georgina Clios for another high-octane series about the lives of the super-rich on the Côte d’Azur. Jack Whitehall’s comedy thriller Bounty Hunters is set to return for more action and adventure. And brand-new drama Gangs of London, a fresh and original gangland thriller, will take viewers on an journey into the hidden heart of the capital.
Added to these are more true (ish) tales from cultural history with three brand-new comedies from Sky Arts’ Urban Myths series also Rolling Stone and acclaimed painter Ronnie Wood visits some of the most iconic art institutions in the country sketching, painting and providing a unique insight into what makes each place special in Ronnie Wood Artist in Residence. And in brand-new entertainment show Loot which sees eight ordinary citizens play an extraordinary game.
Bounty Hunters was a huge hit with viewers this autumn and quickly became Sky One’s biggest sitcom launch since 2011. Series two of the comedy thriller from writing team Jack Whitehall and Freddy Syborn will see Barnaby (Jack Whitehall) and Nina (Rosie Perez) back with a bang – quite literally – ready for more adventures and scrapes in the second instalment of this hit show.
While Riviera 2 sees Julia Stiles reunited with cast members Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas for a second series of Sky Atlantic’s record-breaking drama. Viewers will be transported back to the stunning sun-soaked setting of the Côte D’Azur, to see what lies ahead for the Clios family after the explosively thrilling finale to series one and Gangs of London is set in present day London – a dynamic and multicultural city that’s being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs in control. When the head of a criminal organisation is assassinated, the sudden power vacuum his death creates threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs operating on the streets of the city. Coming to Sky Atlantic in 2019.
Ronnie Wood: Artist in Residence plucks Ronnie from the rock environment of The Rolling Stones and transports him to the rarefied surroundings of the UK’s most iconic cultural institutions, from the Royal Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall and from Shakespeare’s Theatre to Sadler’s Wells. He’ll immerse himself in each institution – meeting the characters, observing the production, the preparations, the place and all the people involved. He’ll sketch, paint and reveal through his art, and the experience he has in creating it, a unique insight into what makes each place so special.
Loot starts in a small British town, where eight ordinary citizens are about to play an extraordinary game; they’ve been tipped off that some valuable treasure has been abandoned. If they can lay their hands on it and hide the loot for two weeks from detectives determined to track them down, it’s all theirs to keep. But as news of the missing treasure sweeps through the town and the crack team of detectives gets to work, will these unusual suspects have the cunning and nerve to outwit the investigators? Or will the detectives, using old-fashioned sleuthing techniques combined with modern technology, be their downfall?