Ovation TV has inked a deal with London-based distributor TVF International that sees the American arts net acquiring the U.S. premiere rights to eight arts-themed documentaries.
The films, which include topics ranging from classical composers to literary giants, will premiere in a new prime-time documentary block in early 2016, according to the network.
Among the doc slate is War Art with Eddie Redmayne (pictured), examining how conflict can be used as the backdrop to compelling works of art, and the Rick Wakeman-hosted Vivaldi: Mystery of the Four Seasons, investigating how one of the most popular classical pieces disappeared for more than 200 years following the musician’s death.
Ovation has also picked up René Magritte: The Man in the Hat and The Genius of Roald Dahl.
René Magritte: The Man in the Hat focuses on the life and career of the Belgian surrealist painter through rare archival footage and home movies, while The Genius of Roald Dahl focuses on British comedian and author David Walliams’ spotlight on the renowned children’s author through visits with Dahl’s widow and other literary discoveries.
Remaining documentaries in the deal include The Brilliant Brontë Sisters, focusing on actor and author Sheila Hancock’s investigation into how three sisters came to write such classic tales as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre; Looking for Lowry, Sir Ian McKellen’s feature on 20th century painter L.S. Lowry; Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait?, which offers new insight into how Austen may have lived through a centuries-lost portrait discovered by biographer Dr. Paula Byrne; and finally In Search of Frida Kahlo, following singer Emeli Sandé on a pilgrimage to Mexico where she immerses herself in the life and artwork of Kahlo.