Michael Stone, Mark Zuckerberg and Daley Thompson are the subject of new Sky series (Picture: Getty Images/PA)
He might be one of the most powerful figures of our time, but the private life of enigmatic Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be under the microscope after Sky announced a new documentary based on his life.
Zuckerberg: King of the Metaverse will piece together the events of Zuckerberg’s life along with the creation of Facebook and Meta, combining rarely-seen archive footage and exclusive interviews to take us up close and personal with him.
This is just one of eight new original commissions coming from Sky, with the projects to air on Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature later this year.
Several will be true crime focused, with Who Killed Lin and Megan Russell? to explore one of the most shocking multiple murders of the 90s as Michael Stone, after serving 25 years in prison, prepares a last appeal against his murder conviction.
The Wicklow Mountains west of Dublin are the backdrop for Gone: Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle, exploring the mystery of six women who went missing without trace in the darkly wooded hills between 1993 and 1998.
Meanwhile, Dublin Narcos, from the team behind BAFTA award-winning Liverpool Narcos, will track the rise in violence, addiction and organised crime in Dublin from the 1980s to present day.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be the focus of a new documentary (Picture: Josh Edelson/AFP)
Feature documentary Daley is another of the projects, and will be a definitive account of the life and career of athlete Daley Thompson and tracks his eight gold medals and four world records as he became the first black Briton to win an Olympic gold, twice.
There is plenty for those who want to tune into nature-based documentaries, while a complex ecological crime story is unpicked in The Great Rhino Robbery.
That will explore how the rhino horn came to be more valuable than gold.
Steve Backshall is back with a new series about endangered whales and dolphins (Picture: True To Nature / Sky UK)
One-off feature documentary Forced Out questions why being gay in the Armed Forces remained illegal until as late as 2000, telling the story of the countless men and women dishonourably discharged because of their sexuality.
Steve Backshall is also back with his next series, Whale with Steve Backshall, which will take viewers on a journey across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans to uncover the world’s most popular yet endangered whales and dolphins.
Sky Director of Documentaries and Factual Commissioning Poppy Dixon said the projects would showcase ‘a richly diverse range of stories, characters and tones’.
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There’s been eight new documentaries announced.