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Jodie Marsh Exclusive Q&A

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎30-10-2015 03:24 PM - edited ‎30-10-2015 03:38 PM 807 Views

FOX has it all this October

by Specialist Specialist ‎01-10-2015 09:35 AM - edited ‎07-10-2015 02:17 PM 1,186 Views

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Cancel all your plans and stay indoors with FOX (channel 124) this October.


Not even a blood-stained, raspy-voiced zombie should stand in the way of you and the brand new season of THE WALKING DEAD. Series 6 launches on Monday 12th October 9pm, just 24 hours after the U.S. Last season Rick’s (Brit Andrew Lincoln) sanity and humanity were called into question after he bulldozed into Alexandria, shaking up the status quo and alerting residents to the impending danger outside the walls. But is Rick the answer to keeping this haven safe, or the source of its problem? Will Daryl (Norman Reedus), Carol (Melissa McBride), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn (Steven Yeun), or Morgan (Brit Lennie James) join forces with Rick or leave him to self-destruct? The surge is coming… And even more good news for Walking Dead fans, TALKING DEAD, Chris Hardwick’s companion chat show, is coming to FOX immediately after each episode of The Walking Dead.


I Shout 'Goal' for a Living

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎04-09-2015 04:14 PM - edited ‎09-09-2015 02:50 PM 1,258 Views

This month's blog has been provided by Martin Tyler, one of our Commentators at Sky Sports

I shout 'Goal' for a living – and the more goals the better for our legions of loyal viewers.

My role has not changed since I took my first baby steps into commentating back in the mid 1970s.


It is to identify the players, add information, though only when it is relevant, and to play a secondary role in interpreting the action. Our band of co-commentators have by far the greater responsibility on the last point, and splendid they are too. Gary Neville has so much knowledge already but is always thirsting for more while Alan Smith possesses very firm and sound views on the game. Niall Quinn provides a unique insight as a former Sunderland Chairman, and Davie Provan is a top class example of the kind of shrewd observer that Scottish football has so regularly produced.


Friends, partners & Peppa Pig

by Staff ‎30-07-2015 02:51 PM - edited ‎30-07-2015 03:11 PM 3,861 Views

Hello, I am John Williams – I am Welsh, I have worked at Sky for over 4 years, and I work in our Channels & Operations team.

One of my responsibilities include working closely with all our pay partner schedulers and programming heads to ensure that their fantastic content complements the Sky entertainment offering.


The next 12 months promises to be the most exciting period for Swansea City Sky with our partner channels. Our kids programme offering is getting bigger and better from our partner channels.


Merv's Movie Memories

by ‎08-06-2015 11:34 AM - edited ‎08-06-2015 01:00 PM 5,027 Views

Going to the cinema. Going to the pictures. Going to the flicks. Going to the movies. Whatever you want to call it, it's a magical place to go. Why? Because as you relax into your seat and immerse yourself in the film, almost anything can happen.


Let's go back a few decades. Most people can remember the first film they saw. I'm not one of those people. I also don't remember the first record I bought or the first book I read. If I had to guess I would say the film was either Dr. Who and The Daleks or Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.


The Very Big and the Very Small

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎19-01-2015 01:47 PM - edited ‎19-01-2015 02:35 PM 18,393 Views

You are never too old to learn new things.

Just stick in at what you’re doing and never stop learning.

It’s New Year! Well it was recently anyway….

So why not learn something new? I decided last year that I would. I didn’t want to learn anything vocational as I have been down that road before and a lot of it was pretty boring. OEICS, Unit Trusts, derivatives, futures, pensions <yawn>.


Christmas traditions. What’s yours?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎01-12-2014 10:50 AM - edited ‎02-12-2014 02:44 PM 13,875 Views

Everyone has Christmas traditions, be it personal or family. I myself have quite a few and I know for a fact that if I weren’t able to do them Christmas would most definitely be cancelled! (Maybe that's a bit dramatic, but it would definitely put me off my stride).


Demanding More

by on ‎29-08-2014 03:56 PM 45,060 Views

In today's busy world more and more people are moving their viewing away from the traditional linear broadcast schedule, the latest Sky results were a real eye opener and showed just how much people are adopting the many different ways to consume TV be it on the go, time shifted Sky+ recordings or via the Sky On Demand Service.


One Giant Leap for Sky Customer Service

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎24-07-2014 11:59 AM - edited ‎24-07-2014 12:20 PM 79,499 Views

We’ve been working our socks off all year to create an entirely new app: The Sky Service App.


How do you turn a football stadium into a boxing ring?

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎22-05-2014 10:14 AM - edited ‎23-05-2014 08:23 AM 74,666 Views

Froch vs Groves II: Unfinished Business looks set to be an amazing night of boxing with a wealth of British talent on view.   Not only is the main event a hugely exciting prospect; the undercard also boasts an array of talent including Anthony Joshua and James DeGale.  Tickets for the event at Wembley stadium sold out within an hour and post-war attendance records for a live boxing event are expected to be smashed.


You want to watch what?!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎08-04-2014 12:14 PM - edited ‎08-04-2014 12:16 PM 89,909 Views

Saturday nights normally consist of one of two things for me. One, I’m either out with my better half or friends, (though this year seems to be the year of weddings and babies within my group of relatives and friends), so maybe that should be I’m either at a Christening, Wedding or hen party these days. Or (and this is my favourite) I’m sat in my PJs, sprawled on the couch looking through the latest films/TV programs to find myself a nice little playlist for the day.


Tonight we're gonna party like its.....2014?

by Retired Staff Member on ‎27-01-2014 01:35 PM - last edited on ‎08-06-2015 03:47 PM by Community Manager Community Manager 73,626 Views

Well it’s 2014, almost the end of January already, how time flies.


Everyone at the Sky Help Team is looking forward to a super productive year. We want to continue to learn, grow and evolve as quickly and efficiently as possible.


"They think its all over, it is now!"

by ‎15-01-2014 09:50 AM - edited ‎15-01-2014 09:55 AM 42,308 Views

Those words of British sporting history, uttered by Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst broke away to score England's fourth goal in the 1966 World Cup final, could sum up the televisual landscape today. Ever since the early nineties, BBC and ITV have found it exceptionally tough to resist the megabucks of Sky when bidding for prestigious sports rights. Now, there is a new kid on the block in BT Sport which threatens to challenge Sky's hegemony and render the terrestrial channels as bystanders as the century wears on.


Host's of Christmas past - my yuletide (b)log

by ‎12-12-2013 08:09 AM - edited ‎12-12-2013 05:23 PM 40,368 Views

If you're going to have a tradition then surely Christmas is the best time of year to have one.

Mine started in the early '70's with the publication of the big double Christmas and New Year issues in December of the Radio Times and the TV Times. This of course was in the day before the multitude of TV listings magazines. You had the Radio Times for what was on the BBC and the TV Times for what was on ITV and that was it.


The Face and all things make up!

by Retired Staff Member ‎06-12-2013 01:17 PM - edited ‎06-12-2013 01:21 PM 40,284 Views

"'We do not contour and highlight' said no make up artist ever!" - anon.

I found the above quote through Tumblr and chuckle to myself every time I think of it.

I think it is amazing how ones facial features can be promoted and detracted with the right tools. Did you know with the right colour powder you too can achieve Naomi Campbell-esque cheekbones? If you are a little heavier around the face, a jawline can appear from thin air? (One of my secret weapons...). I am fascinated by the art of make up artistry and how it can transform almost any face shape into something amazing!



by on ‎11-11-2013 10:03 AM 40,220 Views

Before I start properly I want you to know this is not an advert. I am not endorsing a product on behalf of Sky. I am not one of the Sky Forum's chosen deSKYples. I'm simply a customer and I'm not gaining anything from this, (although if Sky want to send me a little something I won't mind ;-)).


Calling All Bloggers!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎18-09-2013 12:22 PM - edited ‎06-12-2013 01:40 PM 62,332 Views

We're getting ready to open up our community blog to ALL forum users so you too can have your blog featured on the Sky Community Forum. Do you have a budding passion for movies? Are you fanatical about a TV show?

Well, step forward!


You stay classy.......

by Retired Staff Member on ‎04-09-2013 03:23 PM - last edited on ‎30-09-2013 09:43 AM by Retired Staff Member 49,548 Views

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


“There was a time, a time before cable, when the local anchorman reigned supreme, when people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man than the rest. His name was Ron Burgundy. He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the”… Wow wow ease up now.





Off Yer Trolly!

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎28-08-2013 09:17 AM - edited ‎28-08-2013 09:27 AM 23,727 Views

Season three of Trollied has started and I’m really enjoying it. Andy the butcher is by far my favourite character, with some brilliant observations on life and some cracking one liners such as “deaf women have extra taste buds, it’s a well-known fact. She wouldn’t be able to get enough of my meat!”- Sterling!


Star Soccer & “The Apples” (Part One)

by on ‎21-08-2013 11:26 AM 13,448 Views

It's the dawn of the new football season, and “The Ashes” cricket series is almost completed. Things were different when I was a kid...


In 1964, my parents bought a house. We moved from an inner city terrace with an outside lavatory and a yard to a semi-detached house with a garden in a quiet Birmingham suburb.  I was 7 years old.


Comic Books: A Beginners Guide

by Staff on ‎16-08-2013 02:35 PM 14,128 Views

We’re launching a Superheroes channel. I’m more excited about it than is deemed socially acceptable for a 26 year old man.

I used to read the Beano when I was a kid. Looking back on it… That’s a bit rubbish.


I would imagine this was the first introduction to comic books for a lot of children in the UK. If you were too young for Whizzer and Chips (and if you’re reading this blog you probably are) you probably read the Beano, or The Dandy, or if you were a girl you have my pity because you had to put up with the absolutely abysmal Bunty which didn’t represent you or your interests. If you were super-cool like me you will have read Sonic The Comic which, at recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. I read issue one, and that makes me seriously cool and rather old.


Cycling: A Love Story

by Staff ‎07-08-2013 02:04 PM - edited ‎07-08-2013 02:10 PM 12,621 Views

Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike?

I remember being on stabilisers and everything being rosy. I remember whizzing round a quiet little housing block on 4 wheels, as happy as anything. I also remember when those stabilisers were gone and I was on a big-boys bike for the first time.

My parents were working class and I was the last of three children, so money was in relatively short supply when I was growing up. As a result, everything I owned was bought a few sizes too big with the intention of me ‘growing into it’. As a result, the clothing I wore for my formative years before I learned that I could object was very much akin to a series of long, flowing ‘60s-style’ dresses in a variety of fabrics. I even once owned a shell suit SO BIG that it would go on to set a trend for hip-hop artists well into the 2000s.


FIA Formula One World Championship 2013… The Season So Far.

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎31-07-2013 09:00 AM - edited ‎31-07-2013 09:11 AM 14,570 Views

…So … It’s the traditional mid season break on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

It has been an interesting season! In way of a recap here is just some of the drama and excitement thus far ………

Australia – A shock victory for Kimi Raikonnen and Lotus – A two-stop strategy which allowed Kimi to grab the lead from Red Bull & Ferrari.  The E21 just seemed to be kinder on the tyres allowing the bold two-stop strategy.


It’s all hood: This is the 411

by Retired Staff Member on ‎26-07-2013 09:20 AM 15,086 Views

For those of you who are already completely turned off by the title of this blog or more likely are completely mystified please bear with me, hear me out and listen up for this is sure to widen your cultural horizons.


In today’s society we are all susceptible to a multitude of political, cultural and social influences many of which, we readily affiliate with whether that’s a particular fashion style, music genre, social group or political cause. These affiliations are based on our political, social and cultural consciousness whether we are active advocates of a lifestyle/view or are silently part of a particular group the abject assimilation gives us as humans that feeling of belonging. But what of those social, cultural groups that we reject as contrary to or in direct objection to our own personal views? We readily dismiss that which we do not understand and/or do not identify with but really isn’t diversity the beauty of this life?


A Grand Day Out

by on ‎17-07-2013 01:55 PM 11,609 Views

The red-eye glides smoothly to a halt. People stand up and stretch, gathering belongings. I disembark into the terminal building. Then I’m outside in the bright morning sunshine, already feeling the heat of the day. The driver folds away his newspaper and I sink into the back seat. He guns the engine and we pull out into a stream of traffic heading downtown.


Thirty minutes later, we arrive at the studio. The security guard raises the barrier and waves us through. Busy looking people walk to and fro along the network of internal roadways, connecting the many buildings that make up the studio lot. I’ve arrived at my destination.


The 16 year wait is finally over…..

by Staff ‎10-07-2013 09:28 AM - edited ‎10-07-2013 09:29 AM 9,809 Views

What a weekend, in fact what a month and what a tour. The British and Irish lions are a team that started in 1888 and are one of the oldest touring teams and is something, if you are ever lucky or good enough to be involved with, a special group of teammates and now friends bonded over the love and enjoyment of the game.


Schrödinger’s Box Sets

by Staff on ‎03-07-2013 09:45 AM 10,467 Views

Do you ever worry that you watch too much TV? It’s an ever-present thought sat at the back of my mind. I work for the TV, right, so it’s hard to go a day without thinking about TV. 

TV is being made faster than you can watch it now, particularly with the phenomenal popularity of reality TV as our own LauraMac described in one of our previous blogs. They’re making more of it than you can possibly soak up through your telly box with your eyesponges so I feel like, now more than ever, it’s important to be a little bit of an elitist with what you watch.


From Sea Side Heights to The Valleys

by Staff ‎26-06-2013 10:10 AM - edited ‎26-06-2013 12:57 PM 9,614 Views

OMG as I sit and write this I think “why have I agreed to do this blog?” as I feel I’ll be opening myself up for public ridicule and shouting from the rooftops “I am a reality TV Junkie!” Then I think “what the heck” as anyone who knows me knows I don’t take myself too seriously and for the most part reality TV isn’t real,  alot of it is staged and far fetched, but who cares? Sometimes we just need to sit in front of the TV without having to think.


The Perfect Day

by Community Manager Community Manager ‎19-06-2013 12:28 PM - edited ‎19-06-2013 12:47 PM 10,583 Views

Each time I mention the word “wedding” I’m met with a look that just screams “Please, I beg you… DON’T MENTION YOUR WEDDING AGAIN!!’