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Nat Geo UK, DSP brings back “Disaster”

UK net National Geographic Channel is bringing back factual series Seconds from Disaster after a four-year hiatus, commissioning Darlow Smithson Productions to make a new season of the show, which charts the moments leading up to monumental catastrophes.
July 19, 2011

UK net National Geographic Channel is bringing back factual series Seconds from Disaster after a four-year hiatus, commissioning Darlow Smithson Productions to make a new season of the show, which charts the moments leading up to monumental catastrophes.

The broadcaster has commissioned six hour-long episodes, which will premiere from September 5, kicking off with an episode tying into the 9/11 tragedy.

The premiere will focus on the minutes and seconds in which Air Traffic Control and the U.S. Air Force tried to deal with the hijackings and the aftermath. Later episodes will reconstruct the events leading up to the Paddington rail collision in London; the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; and one of the world’s worst industrial accidents, in Bhopal, India.

National Geographic Channel general manager Simon Bohrsmann said: “Seconds from Disaster is a unique format which is extremely adaptable to telling strong factual stories. It brings viewers often complex investigations in a way that is compelling and accessible.”

Darlow Smithson executive producer Nick Metcalfe added: “We’ve built on the original audience-winning format, blending compelling storytelling and powerful eyewitness testimony to bring viewers greater understanding and a more immersive experience overall.”

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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