Actor Rob Lowe is to narrate the National Geographic Channel (NGC) miniseries The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us (pictured).
The six-part program will air over three nights beginning on April 14 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, and continuing on April 15 and 16. It will roll out globally throughout the spring in 171 countries.
“Rob Lowe is one of today’s most enduring actors, and his films from the 1980s were among the most popular of the decade, with the ‘Brat Pack’ films setting a new standard for the teen movie genre,” said NGC’s EVP of programming, Michael Cascio, in a statement. “He is the perfect narrator for this series and his voice brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and effervescent spirit of this bright and important time.”
Produced by Nutopia, The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us examines the lasting cultural impact of the era’s music, movies, technology, pop culture and politics through a mix of archival footage, re-enactments and interviews. The cable network launched the miniseries with a marketing push and 1980s-theme party at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
The executive producers on the miniseries are Nutopia’s Jane Root and Bruce Hepton, and NGC’s Brooke Runnette.