Indie Middlechild Productions has won a new history commission for Channel 5, Nuremberg: The Nazi’s On Trial (working title).

The 1×90 minute documentary special, delivering in the summer and airing later this year, examines how exactly 75 years ago, the “greatest trial in history” was dramatically unfolding in a court room at The Palace of Justice, in Nuremberg, Germany. Once the home of Nazi propaganda rallies, the city was now playing host to the sensational war crimes prosecutions of Nazi Germany’s leaders – including the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

The film uses archive and newly digitised filmed material from the trial.

Executive producers are David Sumnall and Andrew Eastel. Director is Jenny Ash. It has been commissioned for Channel 5 by Denise Seneviratne.

David Sumnall, MD, Middlechild Productions said: “Channel 5 has a great reputation of making must watch historical documentaries and this is the first of a number of history commissions we’re making for the channel. We are delighted to be taking our programming slate in a new direction, delivering key historical programmes to the Channel 5 audience. To be working with someone of Jenny’s calibre on such an important subject is an exciting milestone Middlechild’s evolution.”

Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 said: “Our audiences are enthralled with WWII history and we hope that this engaging documentary will captivate them. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials , I also hope we bring these atrocities into the awareness of younger generations  and that the countless occasions of turning a blind eye to racism and prejudice throughout history, that allowed a tragedy like this to happen, will resonate with our audience  now more than ever.” 

Jon Creamer

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