Channel 5 has ordered a new three-part series fronted by historian and TV presenter Dan Snow, The World’s Greatest Archaeological Discoveries.

The series was ordered by Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor VP, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & P+ from History Hit with Bill Locke as Executive Producer.

The World’s Greatest Archaeological Discoveries (WT) (3 x 90’) will be the channel’s first co-production with production company, History Hit, the SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow and acquired by digital content agency Little Dot Studios.

Dan Snow will “breathe new life into the incredible archaeological discoveries”, including Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and the Roman town of Pompeii. In each episode, Dan will explore the play by play of each discovery as they reached their crescendo, unpacking these finds on the spot where they happened and revealing the historical significance to the Channel 5 audience.

Each film will delve into the lives of the archaeologists who made the discoveries and showcase these astonishing feats.

Dan Snow, Presenter and Executive Producer said: “Nothing ignites a passion for history like a huge archaeological find. So often the news of a new shipwreck, tomb or burial has grabbed the attention of millions of us. So now I’m really excited to be uncovering the story behind some of the world’s greatest discoveries.”

Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor VP, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & P+, said:  “Dan is one of the best story tellers out there and I’m a huge fan. I’m delighted to be joining forces for C5’s first collaboration with History Hit and with such an exciting box set anthology series of incredible discoveries.”

The World’s Greatest Archaeological Discoveries (3 x 90’) was commissioned by Lucy Willis for Channel 5. It will be produced by History Hit. The series will be directed by Nick Stuart Powell and Bianca Zamfira, produced by Nick Gillam Smith and Executive Produced by Bill Locke and Dan Snow.


Jon Creamer

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