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With the nights quickly drawing in, Sky has scheduled a number of exciting premieres for its TV and broadband subscribers.

Several new-to-TV movies will be shown for the first time on Friday November 25th, boosting the appeal of Sky's broadband bundles and giving consumers an excuse to curl up on the sofa for a night in.

The service provider has a real treat in store for sports fans, with the first showing off rags-to-riches boxing tale The Fighter.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, this is the real-life story of Massachusetts welterweight Micky Ward, whose career was blighted by family in-fighting in his own corner.

Trained by his crack-addicted brother and managed by his domineering mother, Micky is going nowhere until his new girlfriend urges him to break the family ties.

Wahlberg both stars in and produces The Fighter – a classy biopic which packs a real punch.

Also airing for the first time this Friday is Animals United, a simple, animated tale with strong environmental themes.

Young children in particular will be drawn to this colourful production, but there are more than enough laughs to keep the whole family entertained.

When a huge dam and resort complex blocks off the water supply to the African plain, a disparate bunch of animals join forces to put things right.

Comics James Corden, Dawn French and Stephen Fry are among the UK stars on hand for voiceover duties, in this British production of the 2010 German original.

Another premiere on November 25th is Life As We Know It, which sees warring godparents Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) handed custody of baby Sophie when her parents die in a road accident.

The duo loathe each other after a previous date ended in disaster, but have to put their differences behind them for the sake of the baby.

Superb performances from Heigl and Duhamel add weight to this American rom-com, which ticks all the usual boxes for the genre.

The fourth and final premiere for Sky Movies subscribers this week is Barney's Version, which stars the award-winning Paul Giamatti in the role of fickle TV producer Barney Panofsky.

His three marriages turn out as eventful as his shows, only not quite as successful.

A strong supporting cast featuring Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman help bring this Mordecai Richler adaptation to life.

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