Sky Atlantic orders three new shows
Sky Atlantic has commissioned three new programmes; drama Falcon, documentary Great Britain: Our Story and a new entertainment series.
Sky Atlantic HD announce three brand new UK commissions to air exclusively on the channel in 2012, representing the channel’s biggest investment in UK content to date. The new commissions, which span drama, factual and factual entertainment, are part of Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in original British content by 50% over the next three years. By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600 million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels.
In drama, the channel will show Falcon, a four-episode drama, based on Robert Wilson’s bestselling Javier Falcón novels. The series centres on Falcón, a Chief Inspector in the Seville police, a complex and layered character, with a psychological darkness which mirrors the brutal darkness which surrounds him in Seville. An innately sexual and charismatic character, Falcón is forceful and focussed, happy to ignore the distinction between the law and criminals and embrace his own flaws and addictions when he has stuff.
Great Britain: Our Story is a bold and celebratory factual television event bringing to life the events and characters which have shaped the nation’s history. Big, ambitious and gripping, the new series will tell the history of Britain and Ireland from the Roman invasion to the Coronation of Elizabeth II and the birth of TV in 1953. Spanning over two thousand years in seven hours, the series will bring the real and often surprising stories of the unsung heroes of history vividly to life through compelling drama and spectacular CGI which will sweep across Britain to see it change and evolve through time.
Sky Atlantic HD is also proud to announce that Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock will join the channel next year with Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia, a lively new factual entertainment show in which the acclaimed American humourist will dissect the eccentricities of British culture. Unapologetically candid and shamelessly irreverent, no subject will be off-limits as Spurlock takes a comedy sideswipe at the behaviours and institutions which make Britain so… British.