Channel 5 orders series from “20 Moments” special

The UK broadcaster has ordered a six-part series from Crackit Productions on the most memorable moments in modern British history, based on a two-hour pilot airing in May.
April 28, 2015

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a six-part series on the most memorable moments in modern British history, based on a two-hour pilot airing in May.

Titled 20 Moments That Rocked Britain, the Crackit Productions-made, 6 x 90-minute series is to explore “a variety of defining events over the last 50 years,” such as the death of Princess Diana, and the murder of 16 primary school children in Dunblane, Scotland.

The series has been commissioned ahead of a two-hour pilot for the program set to air on the broadcaster next month. The special promises detailed accounts and analysis of various events, the nation’s reactions and the aftermath. The forthcoming series – scheduled to air later this year – will follow the same format.

“This program gives an initial snapshot of events and their outcomes that moved, shocked and surprised us all,” said Elaine Hackett, creative director of Crackit Productions, in a statement. “We hope the show strikes a chord with our viewers and gets them remembering and talking about these events all over again, but this time including those who might be too young to remember them.”

Both the pilot and series were commissioned by Ben Frow, director of programs, but moving forward it will be Greg Barnett – commissioning editor for entertainment, daytime and soaps for Channel 5 – who will serve as commissioner for the series.

Meanwhile, Crackit Productions’ Hackett and Fintan Maguire are exec producing, while Nick Aarons serves as producer-director for the pilot and Emma Clarke is the series producer for the series.

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