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RTS Digital Convention: Start with the story

"This is my perfect job.” During more than 40 years in television, Gary Davey has worked across the board – from taking charge of all content and creative services at Sky Germany, to being the CEO of Hong Kong-based Star TV.

But it is only now, as CEO of Sky Studios, that he feels like he is in his dream role: as “the gamekeeper turned poacher – having been a broadcaster all my life and now being a supplier”.

Government review of public service broadcasting begins

Google the words “public service broadcasting” and you’ll see that the first few links relate to a well-known band that has played at Glastonbury, the Royal Albert Hall and Brixton. Its first album was called Inform – Educate – Entertain. 

Only after that will you find links to Ofcom’s page on public service broadcasting and the Government’s new Public Service Broadcasting Advisory Panel. 

Nicole Kassell announced as lead director for The Baby

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Kassell will also act as an executive producer for the eight-part series, having recently directed and executive produced dystopian superhero drama Watchmen.

The Baby, co-created by screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer, takes a stark and unflinching look at the anxiety over the dilemma of whether or not to have children and what the supposed joy of motherhood really looks like. 

Sky Studios' Gary Davey on why story trumps talent at the RTS Digital Convention 2020

He said he would not emulate Netflix and Amazon who had respectively agreed exclusive contracts with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.   

“The idea of having a talent deal is dangerous,” said Davey, who singled out Sky’s I Hate Suzie, HBO's The Undoing and Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit as among his favourite current shows.  

“What matters first is the story and then finding the right people - whether it’s the writers, producers, directors, cinematographers. 

Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters to return in three-part special of Bulletproof on Sky One

Pike and Bishop will head to Cape Town, South Africa, in the three-part special, on vacation from their day-job in London with Pike’s family.

However, the job follows them as they soon find themselves enmeshed in the kidnap of a young girl.

As Pike and Bishop had befriended the girl’s parents earlier that day, they see it as their duty to rescue their daughter from the kidnappers who demand an outrageous reward for her return.

Sophie Okonedo joins cast of Britannia for upcoming third series

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Created by Jez and Tom Butterworth and James Richardson, the Sky original drama follows the clashing civilisations and religions in the mythic world of Britannia, where Celtic tribes, psychedelic druids and brutal Romans battle to claim hold of the state.

Sophie will star as Hemple, the wife of Roman General Aulus, played by David Morrissey (The Singapore Grip). When her husband fails on his mission to capture Cait, the chosen one, Hemple steps in to finish the job.

Lucy Prebble talks dark humour, Succession and her new series I Hate Suzie

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“When there’s so much television around, there is a danger that you start to passively, even unconsciously, copy tropes. And you begin to think that that’s what’s right,” she says.

“But actually, it’s not. It’s just what’s familiar, and that doesn’t necessarily make it true or good”.

Having created her first television show at only 26, and now executive producing and writing on Succession, one of the most talked about series of the past few years, Prebble is an expert at creating compelling drama.

Sky announces all-star cast for Roald & Beatrix film

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Inspired by the true story of when Roald Dahl met his hero Beatrix Potter at six-years-old, Roald & Beatrix promises to be a magical Christmas film combining live action filming with puppetry and stop-frame animation.

Dawn French (French and Saunders) will play the children’s author Beatrix Potter, who created beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Sky and HBO commission new comic horror series The Baby

Co-created by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for Gangs of London), The Baby is a darkly funny delve into the depths of motherhood.

When a baby is thrust upon unsuspecting 38-year-old Natasha, she is forced to give up her comfortable life of freedom and indulgence to be at their beck and call.

Far from your average case of parental compromise, the baby possesses such manipulative and violent powers that Natasha’s life spirals out of control.