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Smithsonian Channel revisits Hiroshima bombing

U.S. cable net Smithsonian Channel has set an August air date for the one-hour special, The Day the Bomb Dropped (pictured), commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
July 27, 2015

U.S. cable net Smithsonian Channel has set an August air date for The Day the Bomb Dropped (pictured), commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.

The one-hour special – written and directed by Leslie Woodhead – will provide an hour-by-hour account of the events of August 6, 1945, from the perspective of those directly involved with the U.S. mission of dropping the atom bomb over the Japanese city.

The Dominic West-narrated film will shed light on the day that ushered in the atomic age through the use of archival footage, news reports, radio bulletins and a raft of witness testimonies including Enola Gay navigator Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, Manhattan Project scientists Robert Krohn and Lilli Hornig, and blast survivor Tetsushi Yonezawa, who stood on a crowded tram only 750 yards from ground zero.

Produced by Finestripe Productions, Sue Summers serves as executive producer while Lorraine McKechnie is producer. David Royle and Charles Poe are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

The Day the Bomb Dropped will premiere August 2 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on Smithsonian Channel.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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