skyone's blog

At last night’s BAFTA award presentation Sky’s FLYING MONSTERS 3D walked away with the coveted BAFTA for Specialist Factual, becoming the first 3D programme ever to win a BAFTA.

2011 has proved a record-breaking year for Sky, with the broadcaster picking up six BAFTA nominations, more than ever before.

Commenting on the award, Sophie Turner Laing, Sky’s Managing Director, Entertainment and News said: “I’m thrilled that FLYING MONSTERS 3D has been celebrated by BAFTA. It’s a truly remarkable piece of film-making by David Attenborough and the team at Atlantic Productions, and a ground-breaking first in television. We’re very proud to have been part of Sir David’s continued legacy at BAFTA in Black and White, Colour, HD and now, with Sky, in 3D. The film exemplifies Sky’s ambitions for 3D and in all our programming, and is richly deserving of the Academy’s recognition.”

“With tonight’s winner, our other BAFTA nominees and a rich slate of original and acquired programming, Sky continues to invest in expanding our customers’ choice of high quality programming.”

Sky 3D’s revolutionary FLYING MONSTERS 3D, offered viewers the chance to see prehistoric creatures brought to life more vividly than ever before in stunning 3D. FLYING MONSTERS will also be shown on Sky Atlantic HD this autumn. Sky is also working with David Attenborough on other projects, including a 3D documentary on penguins.

Sky’s other nominations included Drama Serial for Sky 1 HD’s MAD DOGS, which was recently commissioned for a second series with Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren all confirmed to reprise their roles.

Also, one of Sky 1 HD’s first original comedy commissions in a decade, CATHERINE TATE’S LITTLE CRACKER, was nominated in the Comedy Programme category. The comedy, which was also Catherine Tate’s directorial debut, was one of 12 autobiographical comedy shorts which premiered over the Festive period last year.

Meanwhile PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIOS, the ground-breaking and innovative factual series gained a nod in the Features category, having already gained a Royal Television Society award for Features and Lifestyle Series. The series, fronted by flamboyant dancer and choreographer Louie Spence, quickly became essential water-cooler viewing.

Sky Atlantic HD’s critically lauded BOARDWALK EMPIRE was nominated for the International award. The prohibition-era series, which launched Sky Atlantic in February this year, has already gained Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild recognition for its lavish production values and captivating performances.

Finally, Sky News’ comprehensive and insightful coverage of the EGYPT CRISIS earned the channel a nomination in the News Coverage category.

Sky Living’s hit wedding competition, Four Weddings has gone down under with five new fantastic episodes launching on Sky Living this June.

Following in the footsteps of the hit version of the UK series, Four Weddings Australia sees four very different brides attend and judge one another’s big day. Each is marked on the ceremony, dress, food and reception. However don’t expect high scores as the competitive nature of these Shelia’s means they don’t take any prisoners in a bid to win the dream prize of a luxury honeymoon.

Our Aussie brides-to-be have some big and bizarre ideas for their dream day. This series takes you from a pagan ritual to a 1920’s gangster themed ceremony, stopping off for a beach escape wedding on the way. Expect sun, sand, steak and drama to rival a Friday night cliff-hanger on Neighbours.

In the first episode…

We meet a quartet of ladies whose ideas of the perfect big day couldn’t be any more different. Model Allana is throwing a big-budget fairy tale bash, complete with extravagant entrances, a choreographed tango routine and an $8,000 dress. For Chez, however, a wedding is about more than just expensive luxuries and over-the-top decorations. Her dress is a second-hand number (much to the disgust of the other brides) and her entire black-and-white-themed celebration comes in at a minimalistic $2k.

Meanwhile, Sothi is hedging her bets with not one, but two, weddings – a traditional Cambodian service in the morning and a church ceremony in the afternoon. Whereas there’s nothing traditional about Tracey’s service; she and her re-enactment-loving hubby are having a medieval day, complete with period dress, personalised vows and a mock duel in place of a first dance.

This summer join Sky Living HD for some matrimonial fun in the sun. Four Weddings Australia, starts on Sky Living HD at 9pm on Monday 6 June.

Style:

Contemporary Freestyle

 

Members:

Jessica, 11

Brittany, 13

 

Hometown:

Belfast

 

Ambition:

To appear as backing dancers for Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Bieber

 

Contemporary Freestyle duo Jessica and Brittany met at their local dance school four years ago and have been practicing as a pair ever since.

Brittany’s moves developed from jumping around in front of the TV as a toddler. She’s come a long way since then though and is now a member of the Colin Maxwell School of Dance. Brittany’s solo costumes are also sponsored by the British costume company Obsession – and can cost from around £1000!

Always known as a shy girl, Jessica’s confidence grew hugely after creating a routine to Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head. She’s now a permanent fixture on the dance floor and practices with Brittany at her dance school.

Spending between 25 and 30 hours rehearsing every week, the girls are regulars on the contemporary freestyle circuit and recently won first pairs place at the 2010 World Championships in Blackpool.  Over the past year they also won first place as a pair at the 2010 European Championships in Brean Sands and have competed in the Scottish Championships and the Disco Kid competition in Blackpool.

Turbo

Style:

New School Popping

 

Members:

Issac, 27

 

Hometown:

London

 

Ambition:

To be one of the greatest dancers and choreographers on the planet.

 

Influences:

J Dilla, Prepix street jam 2005, Prepix fantasy performance, Umin Japanese poppers and those around me at my classes and performances.

 

Issac, aka Turbo, felt drawn to the dance floor at the tender age of four, encouraged by his African dancer Mum and Reggae drummer Dad. But school bullying in later years led him to give up dancing, but after watching the film Breakdance when he was 14, Isaac was inspired to try different dance styles including street and hip-hop. Dance has been a part of his life ever since, believing “Music gives me questions, I give it answers.”

Issac’s career has been on turbo speed after coming second in the grand final of TV dance show Bump ‘n’ Grind in 2003/4. Since then, Issac left the bullies far behind and became accustomed to the dizzy heights of showbiz dancing.

His impressive credits include appearances in music videos for Madonna, Jamelia, Will Smith, Mis-teeq, Shaznay Lewis and has also been a backing dancer for Whitney Houston.

Style:

Bboying

 

Members:

Leon; 31, Kayne; 16, Julian;  22, Kelvin; 11, James; 26, Karam; 12, Dominic; 19, Caine; 16, Callum; 10, Ryan; 25, Paco; 27

 

Hometown:

Derby.

 

Ambition:

For Trinity Warriors to be a household name.

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video, Justin Timberlake’s Like I love You music video, the films Beatstreet and Step up 3D, and any new music with an interesting beat, from rock music to classical.

 

Formed in 2001, professional dancer Leon is the driving force behind Trinity Warriors and says that each member dances for personal reasons. Some members believe that their focus on dance is keeping them off the streets and away from gang crime.

The Bboying dance group are on a mission to prove that despite the closure of local youth centers in their Derby hometown, there are still positive activities available for young people. With their recent founding of an academy for young people, Trinity Warriors want to recruit more members and help kids channel their time and energy more positively.

Trinity Warriors boasts a young dancing champ in its ranks: 12-year-old Karam who is the Under 18’s Breakdance World Champion. The group have also won awards together and are the 2008 & 2009 UK Bboy Champions and have even been backing dancers for Busta Rhymes.

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Alex; 18, Annabel; 19, Daryl; 19, Levi; 20, Lucy; 19, ‘Gilly’; 19, Shakira; 19, Sophia; 18, Sinclair; 21, Isaac; 23, Sabrina; 21

 

Hometown:

Southwark, London

 

Ambition:

Become some of the best dancers in the UK, put the UK on the streetdance map, show the world their talent, win Got To Dance

 

Influence:

African cultured dance, Hip Hop, Bashment, Michael Jackson, J.Cole, Buster Rhymes, Method Man, Jay-z, Ludacris, Boy Blue Entertainment, So Real Crew, Essence Ladies, James Brown, Usher, Chris Brown, Prince, So Real Crew, Boys 2 Men

 

Trilogy was formed by Gilly when he was just 16, with the group becoming established with fellow dancers Levi and Sinclair. The street group grew to eleven members a year ago, comprising of close friends from South London who find dancing gives them a positive focus in their lives.

Founder Gilly found his dancing legs at an early age; he was making moves right from the moment he started to walk and hasn’t stopped since, believing that one day he’ll be dancing as a full time career.

Trilogy have found competition success in the UK and overseas; they reached the top four in the street dance championships in Italy in July 2010.

Style:

Tap

 

Members:

Sophie; 13, Sarah; 15, Amanda; 14, Adina; 16, Louisa, 16; Kate, 13, Kirsty; 14, Zac; 15, Lauren; 17, Lucie; 16, Ellie; 16, Jessica-Jo; 16, Kathryn; 17, Imogen; 16, Jamie; 14, Liam; 17, Luke ; 17, George; 16, Stephanie, 18 , Rosie , 17, Sophie; 18, Zoe, 21, Stephanie; 19, Alastair; 18

 

Hometown:

Tap Attack are from all over the UK.

 

Ambition:

To blast away the old fashioned stereotype of top hats and canes so that the public can appreciate their modern style of tap.

 

Influences:

The Libertines, Muse, Radiohead, The Cribs, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jason Samuel Smith, Tap Dogs, Billy Elliot, Pussy Cat Dolls, Jimmy slide, Beyonce, Jackie Crumell, Diversity, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

 

Tap Attack was born when choreographers Jo and Dean visited the IDO Tap Championships in 2007 and realised that there wasn’t a group representing England. After tap auditions up and down the country, the chosen few were put through extensive training.

As a non-funded team, Tap Attack raise the money needed to participate in competitions by dancing in exhibitions to pay the costs of traveling. Despite the members of the group coming from as far as Scotland, Tap Attack train together in Reading and Swindon.

The fundraising and hard work certainly paid off for Tap Attack when they were ranked 7th in the world last year in the World Tap Championships.  Tap Attack have also danced in well-known shows like Hot Shoe Shuffle, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Anything Goes, Re-Booted, Riverdance, and Billy Elliot.  

Tamara

Style:

Freestyle Disco

 

Members:

Tamara, 10

 

Hometown:

Musselburgh, Scotland

 

Ambition:

To become a professional dancer and appear on Broadway.

 

Influences:

Lady Gaga, Queen, James Blunt, Janet and Michael Jackson’s music video for Scream.

 

Tamara lives and breathes dance as a regular on the competition circuit and two times world freestyle champion.

This little winner began dancing when her mum took her to dance classes at three-years-old to help her burn off excess toddler energy. Tamara hasn’t stopped moving since and practices her Freestyle Disco up to five hours a day, working with her dance teacher to create the “the most unique, exciting, dramatic routines”.

Tamara wears some incredibly bright and flamboyant dancing costumes, drawing inspiration from her fashion idol pop artist Lady Gaga. With many trophies and medals under her belt, including three gold stars from our superstar judges, Tamara is ready to prove she simply has Got To Dance.

Style:

Acrobatic Gymnastics

 

Members:

Matthew; 25, Jess; 22, Senga; 22, Charlotte; 18, Ellen; 16

 

Hometown:

Southampton

 

Ambition:

For Synergy to perform alongside pop stars and groups like Escala, to show people how beautiful and artistic gymnastics is, to win Got To Dance.

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson, Cirque Du Soleil, Cheryl Cole.

 

Synergy is no stranger to the pressure of high profile competitions; as gymnasts they have been competing and rehearsing five times a week for most of their lives. Despite having no formal training in dance, Synergy fused their acrobatics into a dance routine that impressed the judges and earned them a place in the semi-finals.

This dynamic group met ten years ago at the Southampton Gymnastics Club and began their dance journey just six months ago when they decided to form Synergy specifically for the Got To Dance auditions. Often starting with an inspirational piece of music, Synergy draw creative input from all their members when choreographing their routines.

Getting a gold star from Ashley was a particular highlight for Synergy because of the jaw-dropping acrobatics in street dance group Diversity. Synergy say that getting into the semi-finals of Got To Dance is their biggest highlight yet, but will they top their achievement and make it to the finals?

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Bailie; 12, Holly; 13, Kyra; 12, Malika; 13, Osaj’ie; 14, Tia (aka T-Unit); 10, Zhane; 11

 

Hometown:

Manchester

 

Ambition:

To work as professional dancers around the world in places like L.A and New York, to appear in music videos, films and TV.

 

Influences:

Willow Smith, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Ciara, Chris Brown, Nick Bass, Bashment music, RnB music.

 

The sight of Shockarella with their silver painted faces might shock you, but they gave an out of this world performance at their audition and shook judges Ashley, Kimberly and Adam with their moves.

Wanting to be different from other street dancers who wear “shorts and joggy bottoms”, Shockarellas decided on a silver alien “out of this world” theme for their audition.

The street group’s members are firm friends and all attend the same academy in Manchester. Shockarella came together when they applied to an advert looking for a dance crew to enter the U14 UDO championships. They smashed the competition with first place and went on to represent the UK at the Las Vegas Street Dancing Championships and take part in the UK Hip Hop championships.

With a diverse range of dance styles under their belt, Shockarella are committed to their craft and train up to 13 hours a week with their choreographer Chad Taylor.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1