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Mip TV Picks 2008: The Secrets of the Forbidden City

A mention of The Forbidden City conjures the mythic ghosts of Chinese history, a time when the Emperor could move mountains and bend an entire nation to his will.
April 2, 2008


A mention of The Forbidden City conjures the mythic ghosts of Chinese history, a time when the Emperor could move mountains and bend an entire nation to his will.

Lion will take viewers back to that time to explore the foundations of the City (still the largest palace in the world), especially the period between 1403 and 1424, when Ming Emperor Yongle opened his country to the world, though he himself lived as almost a prisoner in The Forbidden City. Though the City is largely closed to outsiders (let alone foreigners), Lion has secured extensive access and will explain how and why the City was built, and recount the history and horrors that have taken place within its walls. Partners: Lion Television (London) for BBC and The History Channel (US), distributed through All3Media (London)
Wrapped: April
Length: 120 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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