Sky to broadcast week-long musicals season in HD

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It's all part of Sky's planned week-long Musicals Season, presented by Michael Ball, the star of Hairspray: The Musical and due to be broadcast from October 20th-26th.

Get ready for singing transvestites and dancing nuns as, according to Sky, "musical lovers relive their favourite moments from some of the genre's best-loved films". It doesn't get much camper than this.

The Musicals Season will include 18 high-definition musicals on the new Sky Movies Modern Greats HD channel, with highlights including Love Me Tender and Funny Face.

And to cap it all, Michael Ball will feature in a half-hour special in which he talks about his career and favourite musical moments, as well as share behind-the-senes footage from Hairspray. Can't wait. Set your Sky+ recorder now.

The listings in full:

The Biggest Musicals Season On British Television Ever!, October 20th – 26th

Premiere of Hairspray (2007)
Uplifting musical re-make starring plus-sized pop tart Nicki Blonsky tearing up the dance floor in the name of social justice. Sunny delight with backing from John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Sound Of Music (UK HD premiere)
Sing-a-long Alpine classic with Julie Andrews in irresistible form. Heart-warming, musical, family fun, with five Oscars too. (1965)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UK HD premiere)
Cult comedy-horror musical about an all-American couple who stumble upon a spooky mansion inhabited by outcasts and the flirtatious Frank N Furter (Tim Curry). (1975)

West Side Story (UK HD premiere)
Rival gangs Jets and Sharks rumble in New York to a soaring Leonard Bernstein score. Wonderful update of Romeo and Juliet that swept ten Oscars. Timeless in technicolor. (1961)

Prim new girl Sandy causes a stir at Rydell High when T-Bird stud Danny falls for her. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are the teenagers born to hand jive. (1978)

Grease 2
The tough talking T-Birds aren't impressed when clean cut new boy Maxwell Caulfield becomes a Cool Rider and makes a play for Pink Lady Michelle Pfeiffer. (1982)

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
The story of the Chicken Ranch and the fight to close it down. Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds lead the cast in this merry musical romp. (1982)

Soul trio The Dreamettes hit the big time as backing singers to Eddie Murphy. But fame has a price. Belting musical with Beyoncé and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson. (2006)

The King And I
Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Deborah Kerr is the English widow who moves to Siam to teach the royal children and slowly falls for King Yul Brynner. (1956)

Troubled soul Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) is given the chance to leave heaven for one day to help his family back on Earth. Glorious Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. (1956)

Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Rex Harrison talks to the animals as he leaves his quiet English practice in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. Classic family comedy with Richard Attenborough. (1967)

Funny Face
Audrey Hepburn is the naive beauty plucked from obscurity by opportunistic photographer Fred Astaire to become a top fashion model. Sparkling musical romance. (1957)


Outkast's Big Boi and André Benjamin star as speakeasy stars in a Prohibition-era Southern joint. Steamy, soulful musical drama with Terrence Howard and Macy Gray. (2006)

Ten-gallon tunes for Hugh Jackman, starring as Curly the lovesick ranch hand in the film version of Trevor Nunn's acclaimed West End musical. (1999)

Paint Your Wagon
Clint sings! Big, ballsy comedy musical with Eastwood and wandrin' star Lee Marvin as wife-sharing prospectors out to get rich in Gold Rush California. (1970)

The Pirates Of Penzance
Kevin Kline makes only his second film appearance, repeating his award-winning Broadway performance in this dashing revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan swashbuckler. (1983)

Love Me Tender

Elvis is the youngest of four brothers in this musical drama. When his siblings head off to fight for the Confederates, he falls for one of their girlfriends. (1956)

Holiday Inn
Musical romantic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds and Bing Crosby, which features the first performance of Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'. (1941)

Louisiana Purchase

A stylish, colourful New Orleans and the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. (1941)