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Sky Deutschland lines up international dramas, factual content for summer, fall

Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

Sky Deutschland has lined up a number of international scripted and unscripted series from in-house and third-party suppliers, all of which have been confirmed at its Up Next presentation in Munich.

Following the HBO mega-hit series Game of Thrones, spin-off House of the Dragon will be released on the Comcast-owned German pay TV platform on August 22. The series, which takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, highlights the history of the House of Targaryen and delves once again into the world of Westeros.

Also new is HBO miniseries Irma Vep, starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), which is expected to launch on Sky Atlantic in September and is already available on streamer WOW and Sky Q. Vikander plays a film star who crosses the line between art and reality while starring in a remake of French silent film serial Les Vampires.

From July 22, drama The Staircase with Colin Firth and Toni Colette will also be available in German, having already been made available in English. Another series highlight from Sky’s deal with HBO, the fourth season of Westworld was released on June 27, while new seasons of His Dark Materials and The White Lotus will also be released this year.

Sky Deutschland continues to show international in-house productions from other parts of the Sky group. Italian prison drama Il Re will be released on July 19, while horror-comedy series The Baby will start on July 21.

Then, in the fall, the schedule will include eight-part British time-jump series The Lazarus Project, directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and others, as well as political series This England, with Kenneth Branagh portraying Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In addition, action series Gangs of London will return for a second season, while mystery series The Midwich Cuckoos (Das Dorf der Verdammten) has been available on Sky and WOW since June 16.

Sky Deutschland’s factual line-up is also being strengthened. Debuting on July 21, four-part true-crime documentary July 22: The Shots of Munich will focus on the 2016 Munich attack in which 10 people were killed in a shopping mall.

Meanwhile, in addition to six-part Sky/CBS Studios coproduction Munich Games, docu-drama 1972 – Munich’s Black September will also be dedicated to the 1972 terrorist attack. It will launch in September.

Described as “multi-layered and emotional,” the docu-drama reconstructs the Munich Olympics attack from three perspectives – the victims, the police and the assassins – and interweaves the personal stories of selected protagonists with the political context of the attack.

Elsewhere, docuseries Petra Kelly – The Mysterious Death of a Peace Icon is dedicated to the work of the eponymous Green Party politician and peace activist. Coming 30 years after Kelly’s death, the series can be seen from October.

Documentary Ursula Hermann, which takes on the well-known case of a missing girl, is also coming this fall; the second season of Her Story, in which famous women tell their stories, is scheduled to air at the end of the year; and filming has begun on the second season of Diese Ochsenknechts, about the well-known German celebrity family.

The announcement of these international series came alongside details of three new German-language originals: Gothic fantasy Frankenstein Untold is in development at Neue Schönhauser Film; post-apocalyptic Helgoland 513 is in production at UFA Fiction; and period piece Huntsville, AL, is in development at Zeitsprung, Wildside and Beta Film.


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