Sky Docs includes Geoff Hurst, Fred West, Phil Spector, Sharks – Deadline


Sky has insightful documentaries on England’s World Cup winner Geoff Hurst, serial killer Fred West and music producer Phil Spector. Scroll down for the full list below.

The shows are featured on a seven-man list at the Edinburgh Television Festival, which also includes Whales with Steve Backshall, a sequel to the nature animator Shark series, as well as secret world of sound [working title] on animal behavior.

Intruder: Stasi FC uses personal testimonies from survivors and extensive archives to tell the compelling story of how the Stasi, East Germany’s secret service, abused football to destabilize the last oasis of free speech in the country. To finish, The good fight club will follow a dynamic young team of mixed martial arts fighters from South East London in training.

Slate, which is run by Matthew Lorenzo Productions’ Hurst: the first and only, chronicling the life of the man who scored a hat-trick in England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side, will air on Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime.

Poppy Dixon, Sky’s Director of Documentary and Factual, said: “From celebrating talented, young and underrepresented voices in an exciting growth sport, to asking tough questions about one of Grande’s most notorious killers. Britain, using state-of-the-art technology to listen to the natural world with new ears, we are delighted to feature such an innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining range of true stories on our factual list.


Specter (4×60)

Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary produced by Lightbox in association with Showtime. Endeavor Content handles rights outside of the UK and US.

TX: October 9, 2022

In the early hours of February 3, 2003, a 911 call was made to the Alhambra, California Police Department reporting the shooting death of a woman. The location, an eccentric French chateau-style mansion known as Chateau des Pyrénées, was the home of legendary music producer Phil Spector. The woman was Lana Clarkson, a charismatic and once prolific film actress he had met that evening.

How did the fates of these two people intertwine? And what really happened on that fateful night? Through the lens of this notorious crime and the hysterical media circus that followed, this great four-part documentary series peels back the layers to tell the story of both Clarkson and the man who was convicted of his murder. In doing so, the film re-examines the life and career of one of the most important yet enigmatic cultural figures of the 20th century, a man responsible for countless hit records including Be My Baby and You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling. .

Spector is directed by Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott and produced by Janet Ginsburg. Executive producers are Jonathin Chinn, Simon Chinn, James Marsh, Stephen Neely and Vinnie Malhotra.

Hurst: The First and Only (1×120)

Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary produced by Matthew Lorenzo Productions.

Texas: November 2022

There’s more to Geoff Hurst’s life than just scoring the hat trick in a World Cup final.

Hurst: The First and Only charts incredible highs and little-known lows as the sports legend speaks for the first time about the tragedies that mirrored his remarkable achievements. Reaching the greatest heights in football is not comparable to losing a brother to suicide and a daughter to a brain tumour. And six years after Hurst’s brilliant career ended, he found himself unemployed.

It’s a life shaped by glory and tragedy, fame and normalcy. The story is told by friends and peers, from Harry Redknapp to Harry Kane, Gareth Southgate, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, and more.

And it’s much more than a football documentary: it’s basically a very human story, revealing the man behind the statues (there are four) and the distinctions.

A return for Ron Scalpello and Matthew Lorenzo, the team behind Bobby, is the definitive portrait of a hero of our time.

Hurst: The First and Only is directed by Ron Scalpello and produced by Matthew Lorenzo, Ron Scalpello and Daniel Sharp. Executive producers are Mark Anderson and Sam Cryer.

Intrusion: Stasi FC (1×100)

Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary produced by Embankment Films in association with CORSO Films and Fruitmarket.

Texas: 2023

Intrusion: Stasi FC is the gripping true crime story of how, in the late 1970s, East Germany’s secret service (the Stasi) attempted to overthrow the last oasis of freedom expression of the country – football.

Living under the Iron Curtain, your choice of football club was essentially a political statement and the stadium the only space in which you could openly express your opposition.

Football has thus become a privileged target for the authorities. Corruption, intimidation, surveillance, forced transfers and even murder ensued as the Stasi engineered a decade of uninterrupted success for their favorite team, BFC Dynamo, before it all came crashing down with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The film is told through personal testimonies from survivors of the era and an unprecedented deep dive into the “Stasi Files”, 111 linear kilometers of corridors containing previously buried Stasi memoranda – an absolute treasure trove for those who investigate life under the Communists.

Intrustion: Stasi FC is directed by Daniel Gordon and Arne Birkenstock and produced by Erik Winker.

The Good Fight Club (4×60′)

Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary produced by Century Films in association with Sky Studios. Distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

Texas: 2023

From Bafta-winning Century Films, The Good Fight Club follows the fortunes of a group of young mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes who fight their way from their south London gymnasium to the glittering home of MMA: Vegas.

One of the fastest growing sports in the world, MMA is also one of the most lucrative, with its stars earning some of the highest salaries in the sport – and Team Underground fighters want in on the action.

Everyone has a different reason for coming to the cage – Thomas dreams of being a role model for the deaf community, Shanelle hopes to create a better life for her 5 siblings, and for Aidan, fighting has helped him recover from anorexia – but as a team Underground, they found a community. Head Coach Steve – whose kids are some of the most talented fighters in the gym – welcomes anyone who wants to train hard, creating a family on and off the mat.

This dynamic and determined group has found camaraderie in the gymnasium, but once they step into the cage, they leave their team behind and must face the ultimate battle alone.

The Good Fight Club is directed by Jack Retallack and Liz Biggs, who also serves as the series producer. Brian Hill is the executive producer.

Whale with Steve Backshall (3×60′)

Sky Nature and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary series produced by True to Nature and Sky Studios. Distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

Texas: 2023

After the success of Sky Nature’s Shark with Steve Backshall, Steve sets out to reveal that whales are “mightier than myth”.

In this all-new series, Steve takes us ever closer to the most iconic, mysterious and endangered whales and their dolphin cousins. As a naturalist, conservationist and Sky Ocean Hero Ambassador, Steve will snorkel alongside whales in the world’s greatest oceans. We’ll meet mighty sperm whales, benevolent humpback whales, clever killer whales and resourceful bottlenose dolphins, exploring their complex social relationships, revealing their surprising hunting techniques and discovering that, just like us, many whales have family units. relatives.

Teaming up with world-renowned scientists and conservationists, Steve will uncover the secret lives of whales and dolphins and confront the uncomfortable and urgent truths of overfishing and pollution. Joining whale advocates around the world, he will discover why whales are essential to the health of our oceans, what we can do to ensure their survival, and reveal the most remarkable conservation story of all.

Whale with Steve Backshall is produced by Ellen Husain and Tom Whitworth. Wendy Darke is the executive producer and Simon Nash is the series producer.

Secret World of Sound (w/t) (3 x 50′)

Sky Nature and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary series produced by Humble Bee Films and Infield Fly Productions in association with Netflix and CBC.

Texas: 2023

Secret World of Sound (w/t) journeys into a realm beyond our senses to discover a world hidden from us – until now. From birth to adult survival to finding a mate, this innovative series will reveal – in some cases for the first time – a startling new perspective on animal behavior. Sound is nature’s vocabulary. It plays a crucial role in the life, evolution and daily struggle of animals on the planet. Using state-of-the-art audio technology, this premier documentary series will put sound center stage. Nature has an incredible story to tell. All you have to do is listen.

Secret World of Sound (w/t) is produced by Bridget Appleby, Gemma Brandt and Rebecca Hart. Humble Bee’s Stephen Dunleavy and Infield Fly’s Dugald Maudsley serve as executive producers while Sharmila Choudhury serves as series producer.

Fred West: The Glasgow Girls (w/t) (3×60′)

Sky Crime and streaming service NOW. A Sky Original documentary produced by IWC Media (a Banijay company) in association with Sky Studios. Distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

Texas: 2023

A three-part documentary series unraveling the untold story of Fred West’s years in Glasgow in the early 1960s. Uncovering the hidden lives and experiences of his first three victims – his first wife, Rena Costello, his daughter Charmaine and his friend Anne McFall – Fred West: The Glasgow Girls (w/t) investigates how his life of crime began in Scotland and how that time shaped the serial killer he would become.

Led by an all-female creative team, this distinctive detective series asks questions never before asked about it. Why have repeated warnings about Fred West’s abusive behavior been ignored? Why were these victims never reported missing? And above all, how many lives could have been saved if Fred West had been arrested earlier, before meeting Rosemary, before the horrors of Cromwell St?

Fred West: The Glasgow Girls (w/t) is directed by Gussy Sakula-Barry and produced by Dawn Elrick. Jessica Brady is associate producer and Pauline Law is executive producer.


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