Channel 5 has unveiled a number of new history commissions forVoltage TV, Blakeway and Lion TV.
All were ordered by Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor (VP) Factual.
Commissions include two stripped, event series from Voltage TV: The Tutankhamun Legacy (W/T), a three-night (3×60”) exploration the boy king, with Dan Snow presenting his first series for Channel 5 alongside co-presenters Raskha Dave and John Sergeant. The series casts new light on Tutankhamun’s dramatic life, death and discovery.
Voltage is also exploring the story of Epidemic: The Great Plague (3×60”), driven by new scientific and epidemiological evidence. Amanda Lyon serves as executive producer on both series.
Voltage has also been commissioned to deliver Pompeii: What Happened Next (1×90”), in which archaeologist Raksha Dave returns to Pompeii, this time with historian Dan Snow to tell the untold story of Pompeii, with never before seen discoveries. The series, exec produced by Amanda Lyon, Sanjay Singhal explores what happened after the eruption, in the weeks, months and years after Vesuvius destroyed this region in AD79.
Also on the slate is a major new drama-documentary series, from BAFTA award winning Executive Producer Emma Hindley, exploring the inner workings of Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster(3×60”). The series attempts to provide a complete portrait of our most famous monarch unravelling what made the man who wore the crown really tick, exploring his psychology, his ambitions, his ruthless dealings and his fraught relationships with those around him. Produced by Blakeway Productions, Luke Korzun Martin directs.
Lion TV have also secured a second series for Inside the Tower of London (8 x60”).
Lucy Willis said “I’m passionate about bringing history to as wide an audience as possible and it’s now a vital part of our prime-time schedule here at the Channel. I hope these new commissions will build on the success of series like Inside the Tower of London and Pompeii’s Final Hours; New Evidence.”
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