U.S. cable network Discovery Channel has set an April 21 airdate for All the President’s Men Revisited, a Robert Redford-backed doc looking at the Watergate scandal.
The two-hour film, which is the first production from Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s indie Sundance Productions, will premiere at 8 p.m. EST.
It examines the scandal that brought down President Nixon in 1973, and includes interviews with former executive editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee; The Daily Show host Jon Stewart; NBC News’s Tom Brokaw; former general counsel to President Nixon John Dean; journalist Sir David Frost; Nixon speechwriter and actor Ben Stein; and a host of others.
Redford, who famously portrayed the Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in the Hollywood adaptation of All the President’s Men, said: “I wanted this to feel like it was the first time you’re hearing this story even though it’s one of America’s most notorious political scandals.
“Juxtaposing the reality of those who perpetuated the crime and those who pursued them, alongside those who portrayed them in the film, unfolds this historical turn of events in an entirely new way.”
Eileen O’Neill, group president of Discovery and TLC Networks, added: “The events surrounding Watergate and Mr. Redford’s film both helped shape today’s worlds of politics and journalism, and I can’t think of a better time to revisit these true stories and compelling characters.”
All the President’s Men Revisited is produced by Sundance Productions in association with Partisan Pictures. Peter Schnall is director and producer, while Andrew Lack, Michalchyshyn and Redford serve as exec producers. For Discovery, Nancy Daniels and Denise Contis also serve as exec producers.