NGC renews “Every Singaporean Son”

National Geographic Channel in Asia will next month air the second season of Every Singaporean Son (pictured), a doc series coproduced with Singapore's Ministry of Defence about servicemen in training.
July 25, 2013

National Geographic Channel (NGC) in Asia is to air the second season of Every Singaporean Son (pictured), a doc series coproduced with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) about national servicemen in training.

The six-part Every Singaporean Son II: The Making of an Officer (ESS II)will follow full-time national servicemen as they undergo leadership training at the country’s Officer Cadet School.

The show will premiere in Asia with back-to-back episodes on NGC on August 6 at 9 p.m. Ahead of the second season premiere, NGC will re-air the first season on August 4.

“With NGC’s wide audience reach, we are pleased to continue our partnership with the channel to give both local and regional viewers a deeper insight into a true Singapore story that informs and entertains at the same time,” said Colonel Seet Uei Lim, commander of the Officer Cadet School, in a statement.

The original 21-part season debuted as a short-form web series on YouTube in 2010. It later aired on NGC as a six-part, half-hour series.

Over the last two years, NGC has partnered with Asian producers on local series such as Mega-Structures: Gardens by the Bay, Panda’s Wild Move and the upcoming I Wouldn’t Go In There, the network’s first original series developed out of Asia and produced for the region.

Mark Francis, the VP of production and development for NGC Asia’s parent company, Fox International Channels, called ESS II a “key initiative” in the network’s ongoing plan to “to develop more returnable series and localized content that resonates deeply with local audiences.”

“NGC has been synonymous with producing quality programming, and we’ve had a long tradition of obtaining unique access into hidden worlds, giving our viewers a rare look at some remarkable people, places and institutions,” he added. “The Singapore Army certainly ticks that box.”

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