Since being appointed Sky's new programme director this February Stuart Murphy has set about shaking things up at the broadcaster's headquarters. First came the cancellation of the re-vamped Gladiators then the dumping of Don't Forget the Lyrics, and now Murphy is continuing his plans to reinvent the channel by splashing more money on fewer shows.
Popular US acquisitions such as 24, Lost and House are back with new series in just a matter of months, while new shows, both home-grown and brought from abroad, will make up the bulk of new programming.
Announcing the new autumn line-up today Murphy said: "In a world of Sky+ and Sky HD, the issue for our viewers is not for us to create a generalist channel where viewers 'quite like everything' but instead have a channel where people absolutely LOVE certain shows, and will crawl over broken glass to get them. The only way I can see us doing that, is by commissioning fewer shows, and doing that at higher cost, with much bigger names on and off screen." Here's a rundown of Sky1's latest line-up…
Newly bought shows include the highly anticipated Stargate Universe and the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica. Sky has also ventured further into comedy this year, with American comedy Modern Family joining new Simpsons and the reborn Futurama on its schedule.
Davina McCall's brand new reality show Just Dance forms the centrepiece of the channel's entertainment agenda. While series such as Are You Smarter Than A Ten Year Old?, Oops TV, and Noel's Christmas Presents all return for more.
Following the success of Martina Cole's The Take, the broadcaster has also decided to programme more drama adaptations, including ex SAS veteran Chris Ryan's multi-million selling book Strike Back, which will star Spooks' Richard Armitage and Teachers' Andrew Lincoln.
Later in the year we will also see seasonal specials including The 12 Days of Christmas, produced by Cracker's creator Hilary Bevan Jones, which will see 12 eight minute silent films written by an array of accomplished writers.
More factual, daytime and sports series have also been commissioned, including a reality football show fronted by much-maligned pundit Jamie Redknapp, and a daytime chat show hosted by Waterloo Road's Angela Griffin.