MX23RW : Saturday, May 30 19:44:52| >> :60:699:699:

Sky commissions documentaries on Man Utd, Tina Turner, Stephen Hawking

Sky commissions documentaries on Man Utd, Tina Turner, Stephen Hawking
© Reuters
Sky announces an eclectic slate of documentary commissions, including profiles of Manchester United, Tina Turner, Stephen Hawking and The Go-Go's.

Sky has announced nine new commissions ahead of the launch of its new channels Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature next week.

The two new factual channels will launch on Wednesday, May 27 - the same day that History gets a rebrand as Sky History - in the latest shakeup of the Sky portfolio, which has also seen the launch of Sky Crime and Sky Comedy in recent months.

The slate of commissions includes The United Way, a one-off piece narrated by Eric Cantona that profiles one of the world's most successful football clubs in Manchester United, and Tyson Bruno, which tells the stories of boxing legends Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno.

Tina Turner charts the singer's rise to global superstardom and features exclusive access to Turner herself, The Go-Go's profiles the pioneering punk band and there are also "definitive biographies" of scientist Stephen Hawking and Hollywood legend Steve McQueen.

In a three-part natural history series, shark expert Steve Backshall will attempt to "dispel the myth of sharks as cold-blooded killers", while Lancaster is a history doc commemorating the iconic WWII aircraft.

"These new commissions showcase Sky's investment in world-class original content and the breadth and range of factual shows our customers will be able to find on Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature," said Zai Bennett, MD of content at Sky.

"With the launch of these two new services and Sky History, we want to provide viewers with compelling, engaging and informative TV, a place where nature and documentary fans can gravitate to."

The documentaries will air from later this year and into 2021.

ID:400040:Follow us on Twitter @SMEntsFeed and like us on Facebook for the latest entertainment news alerts.

Click here for more stories about Eric Cantona

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
United's Wayne Rooney celebrates equalising against Southampton on January 30, 2013
Read Next:
Footballers brainier than Hawking?
Latest Entertainment Video
Did you know...?

rhs 2.0
TV picks header

Saturday, May 30

RuPaul's Drag Race: Netflix, from 8am
The final three queens compete for the crown - who will be America's next Drag Race Superstar?

Election 97: BBC Parliament, from 9am
Rerun of one of the most seismic political events of the 20th century as Tony Blair's New Labour swept to power

Princess Margaret: Rebel without a Crown: Channel 5, 9.30pm
Profile of the Queen's glamorous and gregarious younger sister

Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow: ITV, 8.15pm
First up, Play Your Cards Right, with contestants including Martine McCutcheon

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!