As Sky Arts becomes free for all to watch, the channel has announced a host of new commissions.
With an ambitious programme of activity aimed at supporting the arts through a vital time in the cultural sector, Sky Arts will focus on bringing the arts to more people.
Ashley Walters directs this East London set short film written by newcomer Jerome Holder. Two best friends embark on a journey that will shape the men they will become when they fulfil a promise made to one’s older brother.
Offended by Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh investigates the subject of offence and its impact. Welsh will question whether cancel culture and the fear of offence affect artists’ capacity for creative risk taking.
Welsh is setting out to reclaim an essential tool for artists: the right to offend, but not abuse.
Sky Arts Book Club Live
Hosts Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day recreate the pleasure of a book club, chatting about new releases, favourite classics and speaking to a guest author each episode.
The hosts will invite four members of an existing book group to join Sky Arts Book Club every episode, while those at home can also join in via Facebook on the Sky Arts and Sky TV’s live stream.
Charles Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me
To mark 250 years since Ludwig Van Beethoven’s birth, British conductor Charles Hazlewood takes a personal and unique look into the life of the great yet troubled genius. Hazlewood will also be dissecting Beethoven’s celebrated 5th symphony masterpiece.
The Director of Sky Arts, Phil Edgar Jones, commented: “We are excited to announce four new programmes today which all speak to our mission to broaden access to the arts - whether that’s a thought-provoking examination of the boundaries of art, looking at Beethoven from a fresh angle, giving a major talent their directorial debut, or a couple of hours looking at the next great book.
“There’s something on our newly free channel for everyone to enjoy!”
Sky Arts will be able to watch for free from 18 September on Freeview and Freesat, channels 11 and 147.