New Arts Channel On Sky

Posted on: 09 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Sky is to double arts programming with a new channel.

In a significant increase in its commitment to the arts, Sky is doubling its output of arts content by creating two bespoke Sky Arts channel reflecting contemporary and classical programming to run alongside its dedicated HD Channel.

From Monday 20th October Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2 and Sky Arts HD will broadcast 36 hours of arts programming a day with the autumn season boasting forthcoming shows from diverse contributors such as Mariella Frostrup, Tim Marlow, Selina Scott, Brian Sewell, Vanessa Mae and Suggs; with subjects ranging from Francis Bacon and Edward Seago to Iggy Pop and Moby plus HD Metropolitan Operas and a nightly, seminal concert from legendary performers from Johnny Cash to The Who.

Sky Arts 1
Sky Arts 1 will serve up more contemporary and cult programming, such as live rock concerts, documentaries and the celebrity 'hijack' series.

Key autumn highlights include Suggs' Italian Job, which follows the Madness front-man taking the viewer on a cultural expedition through Italy and Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon where popular art historian and broadcaster Tim Marlow provides an exclusive and inviting tour of the Tate Britain's acclaimed Francis Bacon exhibition.

Add to this the brand new series of The Book Show and Art Rocks which looks at the hidden artistic talents of musicians such as Moby, Graham Nash and Iggy Pop.

Sky Arts 2
Sky Arts 2 will be the home of Sky Arts' more classical art content.

Fantastic new shows to look out for include a four part series called The Forgotten Painter - Edward Seago presented by Selina Scott; a new series of spectacular HD Metropolitan Operas including performances of Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Tristan & Isolde, La Fille du Regiment, Peter Grimes, La Boheme, Hansel & Gretel and Manon Lescaut, and Sky Arts' definitive top ten of the nation's most loved classical music pieces in Vanessa Mae's Classical Top Ten.

Sky Arts HD
Adding to this Sky Arts HD will broadcast content from both Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2, delivering spectacular clarity on the channel's visual arts and live performance genres.

Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2 and Sky Arts HD will launch on October 20th 2008.

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