France Télévisions has commissioned the indie behind Apocalypse (pictured), the Second World War-in-color series that became one of the broadcaster’s highest-rating factual titles to date, to produce a two-part follow-up called Apocalypse Hitler.
The broadcaster has commissioned Paris-based indie CC&C, the producer of Apocalypse, to make the 2 x 52-minute sequel to air on France 2, unveiling the title as part of its forthcoming 2011-2012 factual season. Like Apocalypse, the new doc will add color to black-and-white archive material.
The first episode, focusing on the time period of 1890 to 1928, will look at the infamous German dictator’s rise to become the head of Germany; while the second episode, covering 1928 to 1935, will look at his transformation of the country from a democracy to a Nazi dictatorship.
Apocalypse was a high water mark in factual for France Télévisions, landing a record audience for France 2 when it was broadcast in September 2009, with an average audience of 6.5 million viewers over its six-episode run.
The series went on to pull in a global audience of more than 17 million, according to its producers, with UK terrestrial Channel 4 and U.S. network Smithsonian Channel among the many broadcasters to acquire it. Apocalypse Hitler is being written and directed by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle.
Elsewhere on France 2, the network has confirmed its upcoming 2011-2012 season will feature La Tragédie Algérienne, aka The Algerian War, from Patricia Boutinard-Rouelle’s new indie Nilaya – details of which were first revealed by realscreen in March.
The documentary will air as a 2 x 60-minute special, rather than a 4 x 52-minute series, as was originally planned.
Among the other notable projects unveiled by France Télévisions, Le Mythe de la Sirène looks at the story behind the making of director François Truffaut’s 1969 classic Mississippi Mermaid on Réunion Island; while Flach Film and director William Karel have been commissioned to produce Obama 2012 – a two-part doc looking at the U.S. president’s rise to power in 2008 and his first four years in office.
Karel has also been commissioned to make the 79-minute film Albums D’Auschwitz, a documentary telling the intersecting history of two Second World War photo albums, one belonging to a young Jewish girl and the other belonging to an SS officer.
The news comes after France Télévisions earlier this year restructured its commissioning department, as previously reported.