Next Monday is Star Wars Day — “May the 4th be with you”. To celebrate this holiest of days on the nerd/pop culture calendar, Sky will be kicking off a 48 hour marathon of all things Jedi. Or Sith, if you prefer.
The two-day epic has come about after Sky acquired rights to the entire Star Wars catalogue from Disney and Fox, and will mark the first time all six main films have been aired back to back in the UK. The two trilogies will be screened on Sky Movies Showcase from 6am Monday, repeating non-stop until a final screening of A New Hope ends at 5:50am on Wednesday.
It’s a timely piece of programming. Star Wars fever is already in the air, particularly after the most recent The Force Awakens trailer. Episode VII, kicking off a third core trilogy set in the galaxy far, far away, is released in December, so Sky’s plans are perfect for reacquainting yourself with the saga.
Alongside the marathon, Sky has also licensed the canonical animated series — Star Wars Rebels, including the upcoming second season, and all six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, plus the Clone Wars movie that launched the series. There are also be assorted specials and documentaries, including Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed.
“I am delighted that we can offer the Star Wars saga to our customers,” said Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies, via statement. “As a huge fan of the saga, it gives me great personal pleasure to be able to offer my fellow fans a unique Star Wars experience. No-one will do Star Wars like Sky Movies.”
“The Star Wars saga is universally loved by fans for its rich storytelling and compelling characters and we’re thrilled that Sky Movies customers will be able to enjoy it in the run up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens theatrical release at the end of the year,” added Dayna Donaldson, general manager of media distribution at Disney UK. “This will be without doubt this year’s unmissable TV marathon.”
If you’re not a Sky customer, you can still check out the movie marathon through the broadcaster’s NOW TV streaming service, which offers access to select channels for a lower subscription fee. Sadly, Sky does not appear be showing the ignored classics in the Star Wars saga, such as the infamous Holiday Special or either of the Ewoks movies. We weep for the Ewoks.