Summer 2021 Releases: TV
Your comprehensive list of the best of all Sky TV’s releases this summer.
Set in Victorian London, in the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign, this 6-part drama follows a gang of incredible women who gain supernatural abilities after a terrifying event that shocks the city. They are known as ‘The Touched’, and their abilities range from the wonderful to the disturbing, but the women who possess them have one thing in common – they are all in danger.
They soon attract the attention of widow Amalia True, and inventor Penance Adair, whose goal is to protect the so-called ‘orphans’ they see as gifted, making a home for them, and not treating them like the monsters the rest of world see them as.
Overly friendly, newly divorced Wendy (Jane Horrocks), is the new paramedic partner of Maleek (Samson Kayo), a tough acting, straight talking maverick, who form an unlikely partnership that saves lives all over South London.
A high-energy, high-impact drama about the lives of first responders in the US. Starring Angela Bassett and Peter Kraus, the programme delves into the real-life situations of those on the emergency front-line, both in their work and personal life.
Line of Duty actors Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays star in this action-packed, slightly futuristic comedy set in the London Met. In series one, we saw Mays’ character, detective John Major, brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty, using experimental Artificial Intelligence. It was Sky’s biggest comedy launch in the last eight years. There isn’t much information yet released about the events of series 2, but we have a feeling it’ll be just as gripping and just as hilarious as the previous series.
After the sudden ending of Series 4 due to Coronavirus Pandemic, series 5 begins where the last series left off. In this remake of the class 80’s programme, problem solver Angus Macgyver sets out on a series of missions, travelling the globe with the Phoenix Foundation to find the killers of friends, destroy criminal syndicates and rescue the victim of a mastermind kidnap. Starring Lucas Till.
Series 2 sees the Worsley family slightly older, battling the problems of almost-teenage children in a twenty-first century family. From veganism to new-found religion, Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard star as Paul and Ally, two people navigating their way through the messy jungle that is parenting.
City on A Hill
Set in 1993 Boston, bad-guy-gone-good FBI veteran Jackie Rohr (Kevin Bacon) teams up with African American DA Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge). Focusing on a federal housing project in Downtown Boston who collectively have a severe distrust of law enforcement, the unlikely alliance of Rohr and Ward stages a war between the offices of the US Attorney and the Suffolk DA, and ultimately destabilises the entire criminal justice system of Boston.
Domina is a drama that shows the life of the first Roman Empress, Livia Drusilla, the powerful and influential wife of Augustus Caesar. It follows her character development after the assassination of Julius Caesar, to become not only the wife of Augustus and mother of Tiberius, but an important, commanding figure in her own right. A political, female perspective, the programme describes the power struggles of Ancient Rome, and sees naïve Livia transform to the most powerful woman in Rome. The 10-part series will come to life on Sky on May 14th. Filming took place in Rome, and the cast includes Kasia Smutniak, Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham, Christine Bottomley from The End of the F***ing World and Captain America: The First Avenger’s Ben Batt.
The United Way
The story of Manchester United’s rise to success is one of the greatest sporting stories of the modern day, but has never quite been told in this way before. Creatively narrated by football legend Eric Cantona, this highly cinematic, one-off feature documentary tells of this iconic sporting dynasty’s eventful and inspiring history, with comprehensive, unseen footage, untold anecdotes with unprecedented depth.
There’s Something About Movies
Presented by TV’s funny man Alan Carr, and with team captains Jennifer Saunders and Michael Sheen, the all-about-film quiz show returns for its fourth season, with an array of other celebrity guests.
The UK premiere of the fourth series of this Western drama follows the life of Wyonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano), who has inherited everything from mythic abilities to the old enemies of her great-great grandfather, Wyatt Earp.
It’s 1980, and Liverpool is about to become the epicentre of a drug boom that will change Britain forever. This documentary follows the Fitzgibbon brothers and their bid to build a global dealing network, and how the drug selling business became a mainstream, multi-million-pound industry in the UK.
Russell Howard’s Back to the Future stand up show
After being the first stand-up comedian from the Northern Hemisphere to be allowed to perform in New Zealand following the global pandemic, this programme will see Russell Howard’s tour starting in Wellington and ending in Sydney, in a new travelogue punctuated by stand-up comedy.