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We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new channel on Freeview, Sky Arts

Offering something for everyone, whatever their passion, Sky Arts showcases the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy.

There’s loads of content to be excited about - take a look at our current top picks to get a taste of what is coming up.

Rankin’s 2020

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Acclaimed photographer Rankin is inviting everyone with a smartphone or camera to join him in a mass-participation photography project to document 2020–a year like no other– to find the best amateur and professional photographers through submissions on Instagram. Each week Rankin will be joined by different celebrities to select the best photographs within set categories. Rankin will also take his own picture each week, giving a technical and artistic masterclass as he takes us through the process. He will use a variety of equipment including smartphones and consumer-grade SLRs to show that his techniques are accessible to everyone. 

Sky Arts Late

Sky Arts Late, a new late-night, feature-length monthly arts and culture show, with Tim Marlow hosting alongside a cast of leading and new voices from across the arts. Featuring original perspectives, topical debate, critical discussion, and performance, the first edition of this lively and provocative series will assess the importance of culture in the nation’s recovery from COVID-19 and how it is reshaping creativity.

No Masks

No Masks from Theatre Royal Stratford East and Moonshine Features is a new work based on the real-life experiences and testimonies of key workers from East London. Weaved together with imagined narratives, written by artistic director Nadia Fall and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, No Masks will be a testament to the dedication of key workers during the COVID crisis as well as an exploration of our shared hopes and fears. 

Goldie: The Art That Made Me

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Renowned visual artist and musician Goldie goes on a personal and passionate journey into the world of graffiti and street art, tracing the evolution of the art form in parallel with his own career. In a story that takes us from New York via London, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Miami and Lisbon, Goldie meets the originators and crucial artists from the scene, plus those who continue to push at the edges of the art form today.

Guy Garvey: From The Vaults

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Elbow frontman and broadcaster Guy Garvey lifts the lid on two decades of TV gold– with era-defining musical performances, long lost studio appearances and revealing interviews that have remained on the shelves for decades. Curated from the archives of broadcasters like Granada Television, Tyne Tees and London Weekend Television, each programme features some of Guy’s favourite performers from a different year across the 1970s and 1980s, as seen on shows like So It Goes, The Tube, Harty and Razzmatazz. The unseen, uncensored, unbelievable and unexpected are all brought together in this series revealing the buried treasure of Britain’s rich music archive.

Urban Myths

Urban Myths, the International Emmy Award-nominated series, fictionalises some of the most peculiar stories to have ever leaked out of Hollywood, the music industry and the worlds of art and culture. The latest series, with four episodes airing in Autumn 2020, features a cast including Steve Pemberton, Robbie Coltrane, Kara Tointon and Katherine Ryan

Portrait Artist of the Year

A room lined with easels, displaying painted portraits


Returning for a seventh series, Stephen Mangan reprises his role as host and judges include artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan. Throughout the series 24 celebrity sitters from the worlds of stage, screen, sport and music become the subject for the painters. Celebrity sitters include Normal People’s Paul Mescal, First Dates front-of-house Fred Sirieux, singer Ray BLK and newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald.

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