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Sky celebrates 8 original commissions in its top 10

Sky celebrates 8 original commissions in its top 10
Pippa Considine
04 November 2013

Sky's director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy has revealed that September broke records, with more home-grown shows appearing in its top ten most popular programmes than ever before.
In total, eight of the top ten shows across Sky’s entertainment channels were British shows commissioned by Sky. Home-grown shows took the first eight spots in the top ten, with Sky Living HD’s Supernatural the highest-placed US series in ninth.
Panel show A League of Their Own, hosted by James Corden, tops the chart for a second month in a row, attracting a total of more than 1.3 million viewers.
September saw the launch of doc series Harrow: A Very British School, from ITN Productions. The show pulled in just under a million viewers, making it the third most popular show on the Sky entertainment channels in September.
Episodes of  Roughcut TV’s sitcom Trollied, Tiger Aspect’s comedy drama Mount Pleasant and Big Talk’s sitcom Chickens pulled in audiences of just over one million in the case of Trollied and around 700,000 for Mount Pleasant and Chickens.
Charlie Brooker and Daniel Maier’s police spoof A Touch of Cloth II: Undercover Cloth was also in the top five. It proved particularly popular on demand and on the move, with a combined total of more than 100,000 on demand downloads and Sky Go views.
Other original commissions in the top ten included Thumbs Up’s Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model on Sky Living and Eyeworks Television’s Fat: The Fight of my Life, both with episodes scoring over 500,000. Although Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model has been cancelled.
“Seeing our customers react in this way to our raft of home-grown shows is hugely rewarding,” writes Stuart Murphy in his Sky blog. “It supports our belief that top-quality, well-written and lovingly crafted home-grown shows really resonate with customers, and follows our commitment in 2011 to increase our investment in British content to £600m a year by the end of 2014.”
Sky’s head of factual Celia Taylor will be speaking about what the broadcaster wants for its factual slate across channels at the Televisual Factual Festival this week. To find out more and to book to attend the session, go to the Festival website.

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