From Belushi to The Law Man, we round up the best docs this week
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Looking for something that tickles your factual fancy? Comedies, cults and career-defining moments are the topics up for grabs on Sky Documentaries.
Here’s what you can add to your watchlist…
Friday 27 November, 9pm, Sky Documentaries HD (CH 277). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Documentaries
Filmmakers RJ Cutler and John Battsek explore the life of American comedy icon John Belushi, who’s known for Saturday Night Live, Animal House and The Blues Brothers. For the first time, his widow Judith Belushi Pisano opens up about her relationship with the late comedian and shares never-before-seen photographs from her private collection. Belushi, who tragically died at the age of 33, will live on in history as one of the comedy greats.
The Law Man
Saturday 28 November, 5pm, Sky Documentaries HD (CH 277). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Documentaries
Former footballer Denis Law is the subject of this documentary, which features interviews with his teammates, friends and family. Learn about the Scotsman, who grew up in Aberdeen and went on to earn the title “The King” during his time at Manchester United. Whether he was at Huddersfield, Torino or Manchester City, he never failed to make an impression (or score a goal).
Season 1, episodes 4 & 5, Saturday 28 November, 9pm, Sky Documentaries HD (CH 277). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Documentaries
From Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (The Square) comes The Vow, which investigates self-improvement group NXIVM (pronounced like Nexium). The multi-level marketing company and cult based near Albany, New York was founded by Keith Raniere (who is now in jail). With insight from former members, the documentary uncovers how NXIVM exploited people’s desire for personal growth and ran an operation that involved sex trafficking and racketeering.
The Comedy Store
Season 1, episodes 2 & 3, Sunday 29 November, 9pm, Sky Documentaries HD (CH 277). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > Sky Documentaries
The greatest comedians of all time got their big break at The Comedy Store, a main fixture of West Hollywood, California since 1972. Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman all walked through the threshold to make names for themselves in this hot spot. Watch interviews with the now-famous alumni and hear how the venue has shaped some of America’s best talent.
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