Sky1 To Air Opening Episode Of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’

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All of the key UK broadcasters in which 21st Century Fox holds a stake are teaming together for the launch of Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which tells the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

Sky1 will now air the opening episode of the series, which is a successor to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, alongside National Geographic and National Geographic Wild on Sunday March 16th at 7pm, while FOX UK will air the episode at 9pm that same evening. All subsequent episodes of the 13 episode event series will then air exclusively on National Geographic in the Sunday night 7pm time-slot.

“We’re delighted to be working with our partner channels to give Cosmos a great launch pad. I hope Sky 1 customers enjoy this thrilling show”, said Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1.

The move to simulcast the premiere episode of the series across a range of popular channels, such as Sky1 and FOX UK, is designed to get the series to as wide of an audience sampling as possible, before directing the viewing public to National Geographic for the rest of the series. The approach is designed to mirror the launch plans in the US, where Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and FOX Life are all simulcasting the opening episode.

While Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice-President & Head of International Content for National Geographic Channels International, added: “Cosmos is the kind of rich, epic storytelling that we hope will not only be phenomenal entertainment, but also ignite curiosity and move a generation to take a deeper interest in science and the larger world around us. Seth, Ann, Neil and the entire team behind Cosmos have created one of the most incredible experiences ever imagined for television. We’re supporting it with our first-ever cross network launch with Sky 1, ensuring as many people in the UK have access to a truly unique television event.”