Sky Slates Docs for Remainder of 2024


Sky has lined up four original films and series coming to Sky Documentaries and its streaming service NOW later this year.

The Frost Tapes (w.t.) charts almost half a century of dizzying social, political and cultural change through the eyes of Sir David Frost. The title is produced by Sky Studios in co-production with Paradine Productions and White Horse Pictures.

Contributors include Michael Sheen, Liam Neeson, Joanna Lumley, Khalilah Ali and Tony Blair.

Wilfred Frost, Sir David Frost’s son, said: “For the last decade since Dad died, I have focused on accumulating more rights to his interviews and recovering and restoring lost footage, waiting for the right moment and partner to showcase it. That moment is now, and in Sky Studios and White Horse Pictures I feel blessed to have better partners than I could ever have dreamt of.

“While this series is based on Dad’s archive of over 10,000 interviews—many of which have not been seen for decades—it is not a typical archive show. Every conversation is carefully selected to be staggeringly relevant today, and told by blockbuster names from The Beatles to Jane Fonda to Muhammad Ali to Richard Nixon. Working on this series has been a privilege—not just as Dad’s immensely proud son, but also as a journalist – Dad had a front row seat as the most important moments of the 20th century unfolded, and it’s time we share again the seminal conversations he had with the protagonists. I hope we’ve done Dad’s legacy justice.”

The Body Next Door, produced by RAW, is a three-part documentary series that delves into a case from 2015.

A Sandpaper Films production, Doom Scroll: Andrew Tate & The Dark Side of the Internet, goes beyond the headlines to explore how and why someone with such toxic views was able to take hold of so many millions of young followers.

Adam Hills: Foot Fault, produced by Noah Media Group, takes viewers behind the scenes of a global campaign around the growing form of para-standing tennis and its potential as a future Grand Slam and Paralympic event.

Adam Hills commented: “At the moment the world of tennis feels like a building with an entrance for able-bodied people and an entrance for people in wheelchairs, but nothing for anyone in between. I’ve spent years searching for a way to play tennis against people like me, and at the age of 53 time may be running out. I want to play para-standing tennis while I can, but I also want to make sure there’s a way for kids with disabilities to be able to play the sport they love, on a level playing field. I’ve got a pretty loud microphone, and I intend to use it.”

Poppy Dixon, Sky’s director of documentaries and factual, said: “These new commissions showcase the breadth of content we have on the Sky Documentaries channel. With exclusive archive, unprecedented access and a deep dive into the untold, we feel so privileged to be working with some of the best creatives in the industry to bring these important and compelling stories to life.”