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SKY Arts


Portrait Artist Of The Year (Series 4)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 12 June



Mondays 9pm from 25 June


Channel 020

Tune in to the best arts and cultural television from New Zealand and around the world.

Fascinating documentaries on artists, writers, dancers, musicians and more
Intelligent interviews with the stars of stage and screen
In-depth shows on modern and classical art, architecture and design
A wide range of concerts from classical to rock, pop, jazz, soul and the blues
Stimulating programmes examining popular fiction, classic novels and poetry
Inspiring performances of contemporary dance, ballet, opera and theatre
SKY ARTS is proud to support New Zealand Arts, so look out for more home grown arts programmes made by local artists and filmmakers.

Velvet (Series 4)

Saturdays 8.30pm Channel 020

A feel-good, compelling Spanish story of a fashion house in Madrid in the late 1950s, which is scene to money, fashion, drama, entanglements, love, jealousies, plots and counter-plots involving its owners, customers and employees.

The Great Pottery Throwdown (Series 2)

Tuesdays 7pm Channel 020

Following a successful first series, The Great Pottery Throw Down returns with 10 brand new home potters - each hoping to become the champion in clay. Over the course of 24 mammoth challenges, these passionate and creative potters are pushed to the limit as they are tasked with making everything from a set of jugs to a toilet.

The Sounds Of New York

Sundays 9.30pm from 17 June Channel 020

The Sound Of New York is an exploraton of the musical world of a new generation of artists based in New York City. These musicians hail from different countries, with their own stories and diverse experiences, are giving birth to a new musical wave that is influencing the worldwide artistic scene.

It's right in New York today that this impulse is stronger than ever: the sounds come from a deep integration of music of the past and today, interacting with other artistic forms. It's a modern concentration of African-American music influences, including classical and contemporary, as well as more mainsterm styles such as Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Rock, etc.

10 internationally known musicians will lead us into this world walking along the streets of New York. We will see the places where they and listen to the music they compose to experience their artistic essence.

Landscape Artist Of The Year (Series 3)

Tuesdays 8.30pm Channel 020

Hosts Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner launch a nationwide search for the Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 as contestants paint National Trust properties across the country.

The Legacy (Series 3)

Thursdays 8.30pm Channel 020

This third series is marked by a landmark event, which forces the four siblings to consider what they want with their lives, and whether they want to do good for the world and for their community. Signe has big visions and plans to expand her farm with a neighbouring farmer. Emil has moved into Gronnegaard where he takes care of Melody (the daughter of Thomas and Isa). Gro challenges the Art Centre’s conventional thinking and discovers new sides of herself. Frederik is a success abroad and is hardly ever home, until he has to dive into a complicated investigation filled with emotions.

Portrait Artist Of The Year (Series 4)

Tuesdays 8.30pm from 12 June Channel 020

Hosts Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell return to uncover UK's next great portrait artist in this inspiring fine art competition.

Later With Jools Holland (Series 52)

Sundays 8.30pm from 17 June Channel 020

Loved by musicians and critics alike, Later With Jools Holland is the longest running music television programme on the BBC and shows no signs of stopping. Here, stadium fillers, current chart toppers, veterans and left-field artists from all music genres perform together in the same studio.

Private View: The Art Of Collecting

Fridays 8.30pm from 22 June Channel 020

The great art collectors of the world open their doors in a new series that reveals unseen treasures. Among them is a leading collector of Islamic art who has amassed 35,000 pieces, England’s foremost collector of Old Masters, and the Manchester businessman who started out selling vacuum cleaners and ended up with 2,500 works by Modern British artists. It has made him one of the world’s top 200 art collectors. Also in the series, a fabulous collection of Venetian glass, images from the dawn of photography, and exquisite pocket watches spanning 300 years.

Off Camera (Series 6)

Saturdays 9.45pm from 23 June Channel 020

Off Camera delves into the lives of some of Hollywood’s hottest talent, as photographer/director Sam Jones hosts interviews with a myriad of some the world’s most recognised artists. Stepping away from the spotlight, each celebrity opens up about some of those deeper questions that leave us wondering.

Lessons From Joan

Monday 25 June 8pm Channel 020

LESSONS FROM JOAN follows theatre director Kevin Palmer, en-route to the revamped return of the landmark theatre production of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ at London’s Theatre Royal as we discover fascinating stories first-hand from those most intimate to controversial about ground-breaking theatre director Joan Littlewood.


Mondays 9pm from 25 June Channel 020

Queers delves into the defining moments of the gay experience in the UK across the past 10 decades through a series of monologues.

Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star award winners Alan Cumming (Battle of the Sexes), Ben Whishaw (London Spy), Rebecca Front (Humans), Russell Tovey (Quantico), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Ian Gelder (Game of Thrones), Kadiff Kirwan (Black Mirror) and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk).

Taking in 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself, the eight monologues will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites-of-passage of British gay men through the last one hundred years.

Grafenegg Midsummer Nights Gala 2017

Wednesday 27 June 8.30pm Channel 020

It is the season’s sparkling highlight: the Midsummer Night’s Gala at the Wolkenturm with international stars in the open air! 2017 sees Russian vocalists Aida Garifullina and Dmitri Hvorostovsky adding Grafenegg to the roll call of leading operatic venues around the world where their great voices have been heard. The young soprano Garifullina is in the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera and baritone Hvorostovsky sang at the Red Square concert in Moscow in 2013.

Composer: Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Tagliaferri.
Conductor: Yutaka Sado.
Orchestra: Tonkunstler-Orchester Niederosterreich.
Artists: Aida Garifullina, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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