Factual production company Barcroft Studios, part of Future plc and Channel 5 in the UK & Ireland are co-producing a documentary series to mark the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Minute by Minute will piece together the complex events of December 7th, 1941. The series will combine interviews from the last remaining survivors and expert talking heads, together with rare archive material, a unique graphic style and underwater shipwreck footage to a detailed look at the attack that changed the course of World War II.

Each episode will unfold chronologically and cover a different part of the timeline surrounding the heart-pounding attacks on the Hawaiian naval base.

Barcroft has exclusive access to American and Japanese survivors who are more than 100 years old. The series will also use the actual naval communications from the time and feature recently filmed underwater footage of shipwrecks from the attack.

‘Attack on Pearl Harbor: Minute by Minute’ is a coproduction between Barcroft Studios and Channel 5 for the UK & Ireland.

Barcroft Studios retains the rights for the US and Canada. Channel 5 will broadcast a 3 x 60’ version of the series.

The series was commissioned by Guy Davies for Channel 5. Executive Producer is Peter Wyles for Barcroft Studios.

Peter Wyles, Barcroft Studios’ Director of Programmes, said: “I’m incredibly proud to be making such an important series. As the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor approaches, our films will take the closest look at the event yet. We have an incredible cast of characters, including some of the oldest World War II contributors ever to be filmed. And we have the perfect partners with Channel 5.”

Commissioning Editor Factual (VP) Guy Davies said: “Pearl Harbor is one of the greatest stories of the Second World War and to piece it together minute by minute is a gripping narrative. With the likely last ever interviews from both the US and Japanese forces involved on the ground, this is a powerful testament to those involved.  It’s a brilliant historical boxed set treat for Channel 5 viewers.



Jon Creamer

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