All3Media Group-owned producer Lion Television is to debut its factual history special Franklin’s Lost Ships (pictured) on Canadian broadcaster the CBC on April 9.
As revealed exclusively by realscreen in October, the special centers on the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s flagship HMS Erebus, which was lost while searching for the North-West passage in 1845. Explorers looked for the wreckage unsuccessfully for more than 150 years, until the site was located by an Arctic expedition last September. Lion Television had exclusive access to the latest effort, joining three arctic vessels into the search zone in August.
Franklin’s Lost Ships is an international copro between Lion TV, Canadian prodco 90th Parallel Productions, public broadcasters CBC Canada and Radio Canada, UK broadcaster Channel 4, U.S. doc strand PBS ‘Nova’ and distributor All3Media International.
Hour-long and 90-minute versions of the special will be broadcast on the CBC on April 9, followed by premieres in the U.S. and UK. The special will be distributed globally – excluding the UK and Canada – by All3media International, and is to debut at MIPTV.
“Being granted exclusive access to such an exciting and historically important expedition such as this is an incredible opportunity for a producer, but it was a big gamble,” said Richard Bradley, co-MD of Lion Television, in a statement. “There was always an inherent risk as to whether the expedition would actually prove a success, but this was a gamble that paid off, and we’re absolutely thrilled with the result.”
Maartje Horchner, head of acquistions at All3Media International, added: “Richard and his team at Lion have done a fantastic job in bringing together a roster of companies that are renowned throughout the world for ambitious and inspiring factual content. And such an impressive pedigree will ensure the series will be highly anticipated amongst our international clients.”
Franklin’s Lost Ships is produced by Ben Finney, while executive producers for Lion TV include David Upshal and Bradley. Exec producing for 90th Parallel is Gordon Henderson.