National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) is partnering with Atlantic Productions for Time Scanners, a six-part series that explores engineering marvels of the ancient world using 3D laser scanning technology.
The series, set to launch in February, is one of several greenlights emerging from NGCI’s global content hub in London.
The broadcaster has also commissioned 60-minute doc Get Rich or Die Mining from RDF Media, which follows gem hunter Guy Clutterbuck and a mining team in search of the best rough gem stones.
Meanwhile, Firecracker Films’ Clash of the Collectors (2 x 30 minutes) follows a group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to building vast collections
Finally, NGCI has partnered with Dragonfly Television and Film for hour-long doc Planet XXL, which focuses on three people from different parts of the world, all struggling with their weight.
Each commission will air internationally on National Geographic Channel (NGC) early next year, while Planet XXL will also premiere in 2014 on NGC in the U.S.
Hamish Mykura, NGCI’s exec VP and head of international content, said: “Whether exploring the ancient world’s most awe-inspiring architectural achievements or investigating the complexities of life in our modern world, National Geographic Channel offers audiences a unique look at the remarkable feats, amazing passions and poignant challenges found across the globe.”