AHC, Yesterday order one-off Berlin Wall doc

U.S. net American Heroes Channel and UK net Yesterday are marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a drama doc (pictured) that looks at the barrier's construction.
August 6, 2014

UK-based Sky Vision Productions is to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a one-off drama doc about the barrier’s construction.

Berlin Wall: The Night the Iron Curtain Closed (one x 60 minutes, pictured) will recount the developments that preceded the erection of the 28-mile barrier, which cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and East Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

The doc is a coproduction with U.S. cable net American Heroes Channel, UKTV’s Yesterday channel, SBS Australia and S4C Wales. Sky Vision will handle international distribution.

Producers will use a mix of dramatic reconstruction, letters, diary entries, photos, expert analysis as well as an interview with Adam Kellett-Long, one of the only Western journalists working in East Berlin at the time.

“Whilst many documentaries focus on the wall coming down, we are the only producer lucky enough to work with Adam,” said Danny Tipping, executive producer and Sky Vision Productions’ director of programming and development, in a statement. “This is the first time the event has been brought to life through the eyes of one of the few men who actually saw it happen.”

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