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Sky1 Autumn launch: '24', 'Caprica', Cilla...

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Last night, at a very hot and sticky East London venue, Sky1 unveiled its revamped look and Autumn schedule. First point of note, the channel will henceforth be known as "Sky1" and not the BBC-like "Sky One" or indeed, the amusing alternative "Sky Onc".

The Autumn lineup is comprised mostly of returning hits, including two US shows on a fast-track turnaround following their Stateside broadcasts, plus a few new shows (Cilla, Noel... together with Gladiators it's a complete comeback of Saturday night TV from the 1990s).

Here are the highlights:

  • The fourth season of Bones in September, beginning with a two-hour premiere filmed in London


  • Two-hour prequel movie 24: Exile in November


  • The fourth season of Prison Break, beginning September 8


  • The four new Futurama movies, split into 16 half hour episodes


  • The new season of Cold Case


  • The two-hour backdoor pilot of a Battlestar prequel, Caprica


  • The 20th season of The Simpsons, including the first ever post-watershed episode


  • A new series of Ross Kemp On Gangs, plus specials Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special and Glue Kids Of Kenya


  • A new series of Are You Smarter Than A 10-Year-Old? with Noel Edmonds


  • Hairspray: The School Musical, a new entertainment show fronted by Denise van Outen that sees a group of schoolkids attempting their own version of the musical Hairspray


  • A new reality show with Wayne Rooney seeking to find the next generation of football talent


  • A new "animated" dating show with Cilla Black (How about bringing back Surprise, Surprise instead? Mr Woolfe, are you listening?)
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