Channel 5′s fall slate spotlights medical factual, 9/11 docs

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will air factual programs Making Faces, Brain Surgery, Heroes of the Skies and two 9/11 docs in the fall. (Pictured: The Woman Who Wasn't There)
July 27, 2012

Uk broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) will air factual programs Making Faces, Brain Surgery, Heroes of the Skies and two 9/11 docs in the fall.

Making Faces, a 4 x one-hour series, focuses on a Birmingham hospital unit that fixes faces. The series, executive produced by IWC’s Elspeth O’Hare, follows an elite team of highly-skilled surgeons and prosthetics experts over five months, as they work with military patients and emergency trauma cases from all over Britain.

From Rare Day, Brain Surgery is another 4 x one-hour medical series, on the quest to understand the brain at the Walton Centre neuroscience facility in the UK’s Liverpool. With access to the staff and facilities, the series follows the Walton Centre’s surgical stories.

Heading away from the ER, Heroes of the Skies is a 6 x one-hour series presented by Lord Ashcroft. The Cineflix series tells the stories of heroic airborne combat missions from history, using vintage planes, aerial stunt teams and state-of-the-art camera technology. Also part of the series are interviews with the last surviving veterans, rare archival footage and CGI.

C5′s upcoming 9/11 stories include Testimony Films’ 9/11 Escape from the Impact Zone, which tells the story of the handful of people in the South Tower in New York City who made it out alive, despite being on the floors hit by the plane. Their stories of escape are featured in the doc.

Finally, as previously reported, eOne sold The Woman Who Wasn’t There (pictured above) to C5. The doc looks at a woman who fabricated a story about being a 9/11 survivor, and was produced by Meredith Vieira Productions and 4325 Productions, in association with Red Light Films.

“From the amazing stories stemming from access to cutting edge medical centres through to tales of airborne heroism, these programs build on Channel 5′s already impressive commitment to factual. We’re immensely proud of bringing them to our audiences,” said Andrew O’Connell, C5′s head of factual, news and current affairs.

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