TF1 France to air WWII doc “Surrender” in 2015

Jean-François Delassus's World War II documentary Surrender (pictured) will air on TF1 in May 2015, marking the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.
November 13, 2014

French commercial channel TF1 has commissioned the Second World War documentary Surrender (pictured above) to mark the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.

Scheduled to air on TF1 in May 2015,  Surrender is produced by Roche Productions’ Dominique Tibi (W. Churchill, a Giant in the Century) and directed by Jean-François Delassus (14/18 The Noise and Fury, Farewell File…). It chronicles the final stage of WWII in Europe between Christmas 1944 and summer 1945, as well as the emerging post-war world.

First presented at MIPCOM, Surrender will feature footage remastered in HD with colorized archives, as well as war diaries and audio testimonials from witnesses, soldiers, nurses and civilians involved in the conflict.

Paris-based distributor Terranoa has secured world distribution rights for Surrender, which is available in either 1 x 90-minute and 2 x 45-minute versions.

Terranoa will also be sponsoring a session dealing with WWI and WWII coverage on television at this year’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, scheduled for November 18-21 in Hong Kong.

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