Sky Arts will broadcast Urban Myths – a season of controversial comedies which look at dramatic stories from well known iconic figures in history and celebrity, which may or, may not, be based on truth!

The series has cast a line up of well known talent including Noel Clarke, who will play Muhammad Ali, Doc Brown who plays an awestruck cop, Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher will pop up in one of her final appearances before her recent passing, and most controversially Joseph Fiennes (brother of Ralph) will play Michael Jackson!

Sky Arts says:

“Each of the eight original titles in the series has its own unique take on an Urban Myth; some well-known and some that will delight viewers with their obscurity.

“The films include Bob Dylan and Dave Stewart hanging out in Crouch End; an 18 year-old Adolf Hitler attempting to get into art school; Cary Grant and Timothy Leary taking LSD; Salvador Dali summoning Alice Cooper to sit for him; Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando going on a road-trip; Samuel Beckett driving Andre The Giant to school; Muhammad Ali saving a suicidal man; and The Sex Pistols and the story behind the infamous expletive-filled TV interview which announced the arrival of punk rock.

“Using a generous dose of artistic license, the comedies are designed to mischievously spark viewers’ imaginations and answer the question; ‘if these events really did happen, how might they have played out?'”

Sky Arts had to defend their casting of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, after they were accused of ‘whitewashing’...

Ben Palmer director of four episodes of the series said:

“We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance…We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance.

“It’s a really lovely, sweet film. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react once they’ve actually seen it,” 

Fiennes himself described it as a “wonderful part”.


Urban Myths begins Thursday 19th January on Sky Arts Channel; find out more here.