National Geographic Channel in the UK has commissioned Windfall Films to produce a series of one-hour documentaries based on the prodco’s engineering series Big, Bigger, Biggest.
Each one-off special, based on the series originally made for U.S. network Science, will use CGI animation and large-scale demonstrations to explore six of the world’s biggest and most complex engineering wonders.
The first one-off special, London Underground Revealed, takes a look inside the Tube, revealing the inventions behind the sprawling network of tunnels, stations, tracks and trains. Engineers working on the new £15 billion (US$23.6 billion) expansion are featured, showing the new tunneling machines, subterranean building techniques and a fleet of advanced trains.
Other films include History’s Toughest Prisons, revealing how innovations developed for the Tower of London and Alcatraz influenced the design of one of the world’s most secure prisons – North Branch Correctional Institution in Maryland; World’s Fastest Train, exploring the technological leaps behind France’s TGV Train; and Tallest Towers, which reveals how inventions developed for the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower enabled China’s record-breaking 610-metre tall Canton Tower to be built in Guangzhou.
Carlo Massarella, company director at Windfall Films, said: “These new films truly capture the essence of Big, Bigger, Biggest, providing viewers with a vivid insight into some of the world’s greatest super-structures.”
The series of films were also commissioned by National Geographic Channels International and U.S. net Science, and will be distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The series was created and exec produced by Massarella and series produced by Rob Hartel.