Just in time for Christmas Madam Secretary returns with a mesmerizing fifth series, featuring tough decisions and a very special guest. Sky Sports goes live for the Whyte vs. Chisora fight at London’s 02 arena, the two heavyweights face each other two years after their original meeting. Sheridan Smith’s award-winning portrayal of ‘Funny Girl’ Fanny Bryce arrives on Sky Arts to be enjoyed exclusively over the festive period from the comfort of your home. New and exclusive to Sky’s Box Office ‘Life Itself’ starring Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac provides heart-warming and emotional entertainment not to be missed.
Madam Secretary, Series 5
Premieres Thursday 13th December, 9pm
Back in the White House in time for some festive filibustering, Madam Secretary is out to make the Yuletide great again. In The Magic Rake, Elizabeth flies to Fashion Week in Milan to face off against the Chinese foreign minister over an anti-sweatshop treaty, and then in Requiem, she is forced to confront a stubborn Southeast Asian leader in order to bring back the remains of World War II soldiers to US soil.
Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora II
Live Coverage from 6pm Saturday 22nd December
The rivalry is back on as Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte face each other once more at London’s O2 Arena. Their first fight was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent years, a 12-round brawl two years ago, which Whyte pipped by the skin of his teeth. Some thought Chisora was past it, but he proved them wrong with a tremendous display of will and heart. Both men come here on the crest of a wave – Chisora after a stunning knockout win over Carlos Takam, Whyte after beating former world champion Joseph Parker on points. Both men know that a win here could be the catapult to a world title shot.
Funny Girl: The Musical
Sunday 23rd December, 9pm
Take your seat for this exhilarating, smash-hit stage production After a record-breaking, critically acclaimed West End run in 2016 Funny Girl headed to the Manchester Palace Theatre in 2017 and Sky Arts was there to capture the action. Laurence Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith reprises the role of comedienne Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star. Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago and boasts some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain on My Parade.
Available from Friday 4th January
Writer-director Dan Fogelman weaves a multi-generational tale of life loss and love, with Oscar Isaac starring as a young man, Will, struggling to cope after the breakdown of his relationship with beautiful partner Abby (Olivia Wilde). Moving forward in time we meet the couple’s troubled daughter Dylan (Ready Player One’s Olivia Cooke), while another chapter introduces Spanish olive farmer Javier (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), the woman he loves (Laia Costa) and the moneyed landowner (Antonio Banderas) who comes between them. Star-studded tearjerker also featuring Annette Bening, Jean Smart and Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin.