Next month sees the launch of Sky's new entertainment line up, with brand new channel Sky Atlantic and its sister channel Sky Atlantic HD taking up starring roles in the schedules. We've been having a sneak peak at what the new channel will offer, and here our are top 5 reasons to tune in from February 1st.
Sophie Turner Laing, Sky's managing director of entertainment, news & broadcast operations said of the channel when it was announced last year: "Sky Atlantic HD will be an extraordinary TV channel. It will have compulsive television that pushes creative boundaries and tells great stories."
And by the looks of the programmes lined up it appears Turner Laing is far from wrong, without further ado here our are top five reasons to tune into Sky Atlantic from February 1st...
Billed as the most anticipated show to hit the UK shores this year, the universally critically acclaimed 'Boardwalk Empire' is certainly one good reason to tune into Sky Atlantic next month. Set in 1920's prohibition era Atlantic City, this Martin Scorsese-produced drama has been a huge hit over the pond with US viewers. The captivating and soulful drama focuses on the life of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi), a political figure who uses his position to control New Jersey's Atlantic City.
The enticing show, based on the real Enoch L. Johnson, sees Enoch interact with 1920's mobsters and politicians as he enjoys his lavish lifestyle at the expense of the 'common folk' who look up to and admire him.
Mad Men Series 5
BBC viewers probably won't be too pleased to learn that Sky has picked up the rights to Series 5 of Mad Men, a 1960's period drama starring Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss. Having received much critical claim from US telly critics since its start back in 2007, series 5 lands on Sky Atlantic in the summer, slated to be premiering in August. The programme focuses on the life of Donald Francis "Don" Draper (Hamm), founding partner in fictional advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and has won the Emmy award for 'Outstanding Drama Series' for the past 3 years.
Re-runs and repeats of HBO's biggest US hits
With Sky signing a five-year-deal, worth a reported £150 million, with US broadcaster HBO you can also expect plenty of re-runs of top notch US drama and comedy. 10-year-old sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm will air from February, the hit comedy which has been running since 2000 stars Larry David playing an extreme version of himself alongside Jeff Garlin and Cheryl Hines.
Sci-fi fans can be assured they won't miss out, with Battlestar Galactica also kicking off on the new channel when it launches on February 1st. Together with repeats of Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg, there's set to be a bit of great telly for everyone on Sky Atlantic.
Named as one of the best new shows of 2010, this hit US Police procedural Drama starring Tom Selleck is sure to get the viewers tuning in come February 1st. The series follows a family of cops who work in New York City Police Department, with Selleck playing Francis "Frank" Reagan, the city's Police Commissioner. The drama sees how father of three, Reagan, working with his children - detective Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), assistant district attorney Erin (Bridget Moynahan) and newly graduated officer Jamie (Will Estes) - battle crime in one of the most famous cities in the world. Filmed on location in the states, this drama is certainly another great reason to tune into Sky Atlantic.
All in glorious HD!
What could make enjoying all of your favourite US imports in one place even better? Well Sky Atlantic will be accompanied by Sky Atlantic HD, simulcasting Sky Atlantic's content in glorious HD (where available). What's more, you don't even need to change the channel, with Sky+ HD's households having standard content switched for HD automatically!
Sky Atlantic launches February 1st on Sky Channel 108.