UKTV channel Watch has commissioned four part series The Happenings, which demonstrates how large-scale illusion can lead a whole community to believe in unexplained phenomenon.
Co-created by Objective Productions, the team behind Derren Brown’s TV specials, and Crook Productions and airing December 2013, The Happenings follows magicians Barry and Stuart as they set about making the unbelievable believable to the unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and America.
Each episode is a self-contained narrative event and features a number of mysterious incidents that play out over the course of a few weeks in four different towns. Whilst the local population are in the dark, the viewer is in on the act from the start.
UKTV’s commissioning editor Richard Watsham says: “The Happenings is a new type of narrative magic show that brings the most extraordinary movie scenes to life in front of bewildered onlookers. The outcome is a truly spectacular series that shows Watch can be as bold and innovative in entertainment as any other channel around.”
The Happenings will be executive produced by Richard Watsham for UKTV, Matt Crook from Crook Productions and Andrew Newman from Objective Productions and will be overseen by UKTV commissioning editor Richard Watsham.