National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has ordered three titles via its global content hub in London, greenlighting Rosetta: Comet Landing, ’90s Greatest and 9/11 Rescue Cops.
Slated for August, ’90s Greatest (2 x 60-minute), a copro with Twofour, focuses on key events from the 1990s, including World Cup goals, controversies and the deaths of notable figures such as Princess Diana and Gianni Versace.
Meanwhile, Rosetta: Comet Landing (1 x 60-minute), from Darlow Smithson Productions and slated for the fall, promises to follow a mission to land a spacecraft on a speeding comet and ride it towards the sun.
Finally, NGCI will also air 9/11 Rescue Cops (1 x 60-minte) from Testimony Films, premiering in September. The special tells the story of the heroism and sacrifice of the New York Police Department’s elite rescue squad – the Emergency Service Unit – on September 11, 2001.
“NGCI is the home of great contemporary history and science, illuminating the pinnacle triumphs and darkest moments that have shaped our world today, and the exciting technological breakthroughs that will usher in a new age of exploration,” said Hamish Mykura, NGCI’s exec VP and head of international content.
In related news, National Geographic Channel in the U.S. has set a premiere date of July 14 at 10 p.m. EST for Going Deep with David Rees, a 10-part how-to series in which Rees teaches viewers how to better do things they think they already know how to do.
In a recent interview with realscreen, NGC U.S. CEO Courteney Monroe highlighted the show as an example of the sort of “smartertainment” programming that hits the network’s sweet spot.