Sky introduces factual channel line-up as late May launch confirmed


Sky has confirmed its going ahead with its factual channel revamp on 27th May.

On this day, Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature will go on air via Sky and Now TV and History will become Sky History.

The date was pushed back from 7th April due to operational restrictions as a result of the outbreak. Sky then initially penciled in the late May launch date, before confirming it today.

There's currently no word on whether Sky will make its Documentaries and Nature channels available on Virgin Media, but the channels will be available on BT TV's new platform as a result of its partnership with Now TV.

What's on Sky Documentaries?

Launching on Sky channel 114
  • Hillary (11th June) provides a remarkably intimate portrait of public woman Hillary Clinton
  • McMillions (27th May) tells the story of a gaming scam that lasted a decade
  • Ali Vs Cavett (29th May) portrays the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali through the lens of his frequent appearances on the Dick Cavett Show; 
  • Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (24th June)  looks back on the group’s career combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members
  • The Plastic Nile (1st June) looks at the devastating effect of plastic pollution on the world’s longest river.


What's on Sky Nature?

Launching on Sky channel 130
  • Wild Animal Babies (30th May): a Sky Original series which follows Patrick Aryee and an adorable cast of baby animal characters as they face their first days, weeks and months on planet Earth. 
  • Programmes from LoveNature include Gangs of Lemur Island (27th May), Africa’s Underwater Wonders (27th May) and Mysteries of the Mekong (28th May).



What's on Sky History?

Moving to Sky channel 123
  • The UnXplained with William Shatner, discovering stories that have mystified mankind for centuries (9th June); 
  • Ancient Superstructures (1st June) explores the unique investigations into the engineering mysteries behind the world’s most breath-taking ancient monuments.
  • Secret Wars Uncovered (19th June) reveals the facts behind battles that were shrouded in corruption and misinformation.

Other changes on Sky

As a result of the new channels launching, SyFy is moving to Sky channel 152, Pick to channel 159. E!'s new channel number is yet to be formally confirmed.

(Source: Sky)