Sky has announced plans to launch of two new channels which will showcase “hundreds of hours’’ of documentary and natural history programming. 


Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature will start broadcasting in spring this year, both new channels will showcase a mixture of original commissions and acquired content across linear services and on demand libraries.


The announcement was supported by Sky’s research, which has found that “documentaries are rising-up the popularity stakes with Sky customers – factual shows are now the second most popular genre after drama.” 


Sky Documentaries will feature original commissions, which include Tiger Woods: The Comeback and Bitter Pill: Primodos, which will follow journalist Jason Farrell as he examines the story of the hormone pregnancy test Primodos from the 1960s and 1970s. The service will be accompanied by acquired HBO content, such as the Mark Wahlberg executive produced doc McMillions and a documentary investigating ‘fake news’, After Truth.


Sky Nature will feature the channel’s existing David Attenborough collection with an array of new programming. Extreme Animals: One Wild Day will follow 24 hours in the lives of wild animals and their efforts to survive their different habitats, whilst the Love Nature returning series Amazing Animal Friends follows the special relationships animals forge around the world. 


Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, has said of the launch: “Premium documentaries and nature series are increasingly important to our customers, with them wanting to get to the shows they want as quickly as possible. That’s why we’re launching two new content brands, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. These new channels will offer our customers an unrivalled destination for brand new, world class documentaries and nature programming as well as an extensive on demand library of the world’s best factual programmes.”



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