FremantleMedia International has signed on to distribute First World War docuseries Railways of the Great War with Michael Portillo (pictured) in all territories excluding the UK.
The 5 x 30-minute series – which is produced by FremantleMedia UK label Boundless for BBC2 – follows journalist and former politician Portillo as he investigates the central role played by the railways during the First World War, and tracks down famous war railways in Britain and across Europe.
“World War One was a railway war,” said Portillo in a statement. “This series explores how railways precipitated a mechanized war, defined how it was fought and conveyed millions to the trenches. I believe that it makes an important contribution to the BBC’s coverage of WWI by focusing on a neglected subject.”
Angela Neillis, director of non-scripted for EMEA and Asia Pacific, added: “With the 100th anniversary of the breakout of the war approaching, this series turns the clock back and provides an insight to the vital role of the railways at that time. The series is not only powerful and educational but with the addition of Michael’s passion and knowledge it makes fascinating viewing.”