Urban Myths, from Sky Arts, looks at remarkable stories from well-known historical, artistic and cultural figures, which may or may not have happened in real life…
“We are always looking at new ways of shining a light on the wonderfully bizarre and endlessly fascinating worlds you find across the arts, and our brand-new series of Urban Myths (or true(ish) stories from arts and cultural history) does just that, exploring those tales we’ve kind of heard and hope are true.” – Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts
Rupert Grint, Joseph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Carrie Fisher, Stockard Channing, David Threlfall, Iwan Rheon, Eddie Marsan, Noel Clarke and Katherine Parkinson are among a host of talent starring in these true(ish) tales.
Each of the eight original titles has its own unique take on an urban myth; some well-known and some that will delight viewers with their surprising stories. The films include Bob Dylan and Dave (Stewart) hanging out in Crouch End; an 18-year-old Adolf Hitler attempting to get into art school; Cary Grant and Timothy Leary taking LSD; Salvador Dali summoning Alice Cooper to sit for him; Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando going on a road trip; Samuel Beckett driving Andre the Giant to school; Muhammad Ali saving a suicidal man; and the Sex Pistols and the story behind the infamous expletive-filled TV interview that announced the arrival of punk rock.
Using a generous dose of artistic licence, the comedies are designed to mischievously spark viewers’ imaginations and answer the question: if these events really did happen, how might they have played out?
A two-part series which sees the first run of episodes airing this month, and the second series airing in April, Urban Myths is the latest offering of comedy commissioned by Sky Arts. It showcases some of the best British writing and directing talent, as part of the channel’s wider programme of supporting talented creatives and original filmmaking, the broadcaster notes.
“We are delighted that some of Britain’s most talented and loved writers, directors and performers have had such a lot of fun with these tales and let their imagination and creative brilliance beam out from every frame.” – Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts