First World War programming heads to Foxtel’s History

Docudramas Churchill's First World War (pictured) and Kennedy's Suicide Bomber are among a slate of factual titles Australian pay-TV net History Channel has acquired from BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand.
May 13, 2014

Docudramas Churchill’s First World War (pictured) and Kennedy’s Suicide Bomber are among a slate of factual titles Foxtel-owned Australian pay-TV net History Channel has acquired from BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand.

The package includes programming that will have Australian premieres on the channel, alongside WW1 titles marking the centenary of the start of The Great War.

The Australian premiere titles include Royal Cousins at War, a two-part series on monarchs Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England; The Greatest Knight, on English knight William Marshal; Plantagenets, about one of Europe’s longest ruling global dynasties; and doc Kennedy’s Suicide Bomber, on the late president’s would-be assassin Richard Paul Pavlick.

Meanwhile, the history titles acquired by Foxtel include Churchill’s First World War, a docudrama on the British prime minister; World War One’s Tunnels of Death – The Big Dig, on the iconic Messines battlefield; Last Day of World War One, in which host Michael Palin investigates the terminus of the war in Belgium and France; and First World War From Above, which offers a perspective of the war from an airship.

“As we approach the anniversary of one of history’s most significant events, this package offers The History Channel viewers an exceptional range of programming on the First World War, and highlights Foxtel’s commitment to bringing its audience quality international factual content,” said Annette Kollek, senior business manager of TV sales at BBC Worldwide ANZ, in a statement.

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