U.S. pubcaster PBS has commissioned two programs from UK indie Pioneer Productions, including Secrets, a six-part series exploring the historical and contemporary secrets of iconic institutions.
The series builds on the success of previous Pioneer title Secrets of the Manor House, bringing six more British institutions to screen. The series includes Secrets of the Tower of London, Secrets of Selfridges and Secrets of Scotland Yard.
PBS has also commissioned Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?, a one-hour special to air on its ‘Nova’ science strand. The special uses CGI and expert insight to explore the Earth’s violent relationship with asteroids.
In addition, Pioneer has also landed a commission from National Geographic Channels International, for two-hour special World’s Worst Natural Disasters. The program uses geologists, volcanologists, meteorologists, anthropologists and environmental experts to establish the most powerful, destructive and deadly events to strike our planet.
Jeremy Dear, Pioneer’s senior VP of programming, said: “This latest batch of commissions shows that there’s still a strong demand for factual programming in the U.S. and international market.
“The expansion of character-based and reality shows over the last few years is impressive and we’re part of that, but it doesn’t mean there is no longer an audience there for information-based shows – the two genres can happily co-exist.”