NGCI greenlights trio of history specials

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned a trio of specials that will examine various historical mysteries. (Pictured: Jesus: Rise to Power)
March 14, 2013

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has commissioned a trio of coproductions with Sky Vision, Icon Films and Blink Films, respectively.

All three projects will focus on “unraveling prevailing mysteries of the past” and air in the United States and globally later this year.

Jesus: Rise to Power (pictured above) is a three-part, Sky Vision-produced special that charts how Christianity spread through Roman ingenuity against a back drop of political instability.

Meanwhile, the hour-long, Icon Films-produced Bones of The Buddha explores seminal – and contentious – archeological discoveries in Buddhist history; while the two-hour, Blink Films-produced special Ultimate Tutankhamun blends forensic investigations, CGI and reconstructions to tackle mysteries surrounding the death and embalming of the ancient Egyptian boy king.

“These three new specials – each uniquely geared at offering a comprehensive look at some of the ancient world’s most enduring stories – bolster NGCI’s programming schedule with the exact touchstone programming that fascinates our viewers,” said Hamish Mykura, exec VP and head of international content for NGCI.

Jesus: Rise to Power is due to air in late March, while Bones of The Buddha and Ultimate Tutankhamun will debut in the summer.

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