Sky has announced five original documentary commissions for its recently launched Sky Documentaries platform.

The five single docs include three sports plays. Micah Richards: Tackling Racism and The Law Man, charting the rise of superstar footballer Denis Law are both from Buzz 16 Productions (Micah Richards is also produced by New Stance).  Stirling Moss, The Uncrowned King of F1 is from Minnow Films. John Lennon biopic Let Me Take You Down, with access to Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman, is being made by Zig Zag Productions. And Caravan is behind true crime doc The Wimbledon Kidnapping, timed for the 50th anniversary of the first kidnap case in Britain.

Sky’s director of Factual Poppy Dixon says, “since joining Sky a matter of months ago, I’ve been thrilled by the breadth of ambition for our brand-new factual channels….The range of subjects and tones featured in these announcements are just a taste of what I hope to explore on Sky Documentaries in the future.”

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, alongside the rebranded Sky HISTORY launched in May as the home of original documentaries, for Sky and NOW TV. The services offer on-demand libraries with hundreds of hours of factual programming.

The five new shows, commissioned by Poppy Dixon, Jamie Morris, director of Programme Strategy and Jack Oliver, head of Co-Productions, Sky Entertainment, are in pre-production or production and will air in late 2020 or throughout 2021.

Pippa Considine

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