One of the great joys of being a Sky customer is taking in their huge range of programming. From hilarious comedies to blockbuster films via legendary sporting competitions and wonderful kids TV, there’s something for everybody.
Every now and then though, Sky make a programming announcement that throws into sharp relief just how varied their programming efforts are. This month, that’s meant the announcement of the return of period drama Jamestown and the takeover of a whole Sky Sports channel for The Players Championship.
Starting with Jamestown, we’re invited to take a trip to the eponymous town, where we’ll meet with those attempting to make it through the earliest days of American settlement, a time when British sensibilities clashed with the brutality of the new world.
Created by the multi-award winning team behind Downton Abbey, Jamestown will begin on the 5th of May on Sky 1 and streaming via Now TV. It’s been described in the press as “An epic drama from the makers of Downton Abbey… a gripping Western-style adventure” by TV Times; “A sparky period saga about the first female colonists in America” by Radio Times; and as being “packed with talented British actors” by The Telegraph.
The eight-part series is written by Bill Gallagher and will find an ensemble cast, led by Naomi Battrick as Jocelyn, Sophie Rundle as Alice and Niamh Walsh as Verity. However, the really fantastic news is that the series has already been commissioned for a second series, again to be written by Bill Gallagher, with principle photography commencing in June.
Anne Mensah, head of drama, Sky, said: “The first series of Jamestown is unique, beautifully shot and packed with compelling storylines full of adventure and emotion. It demonstrates Sky’s commitment to make the highest quality drama and has left us all wanting more. With Bill Gallagher drawing from the real events in this rich period of history for the next instalment of the series, it’s a fascinating story that we are thrilled to continue telling, especially that of the extraordinary women at the heart of the show, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn.”
The second piece of news regards something close to many of our hearts – golf. Sky Sports has a tremendous reputation for golf broadcasting (it’s a primary reason many of us use the Sky telephone number to sign up), and that’s set to continue with the announcement that from the 8th of May, Sky Sports will launch a new channel known as Sky Sports The Players, featuring documentaries, previews, behind the scenes and, of course, complete coverage of the tournament played at the famous TPC Sawgrass course in Florida.
Sky Sports Head of Golf Jason Wessely said: “Will Sergio kick-on from his Masters triumph, Dustin Johnson his sensational pre-injury form, or will the big three of Spieth, McIlroy and Day return to the winner’s circle? THE PLAYERS has the look and feel of a Major, with the world’s best taking on one of golf’s most spectacular courses. We’re incredibly excited to give the tournament the Sky Sports treatment, including a variety of new features to keep fans on top of the action.”