BBC1 greenlights new documentary on Muhammad Ali
UK comedian Frank Skinner will explore the life of his hero in the new BBC1 documentary, Frank Skinner on Muhammad Ali.
Skinner journeys across the UK and U.S., visiting key locations and people in Ali’s life.
In Ali’s hometown of Louisville Kentucky, Skinner meets the next-door neighbor who witnessed the teenage boxer’s dedication to his craft. He meets Ali’s younger brother Rahaman, a key figure in the boxer’s entourage and his closest confidante, and Ali’s wife Khalilah, who was alongside Ali in the turbulent years when he was banned from boxing for refusing to fight in Vietnam.
This documentary special aims to be more than a profile piece, offering up Skinner’s very personal journey filled with his personal expertise and insight.
From King Bert Productions, the one-off 60-minute film will bow on BBC1.
Channel 4 doc examines origins of Isis
UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the historical investigative documentary, Isis: The Origins of Violence, from Blakeway Productions.
Historian Tom Holland (pictured) traces the origins of Isis’ barbaric and sadistic violence which it claims is rooted in Islam’s scriptures.
Travelling from Europe to North Africa, Holland examines the roots of Isis’ interpretation of notions such as jihad and caliphate; he investigates why different religious minorities have been persecuted in different ways by ISIS and he questions whether the group’s ideology is in part a reaction to a westernization of Islam that dates back to the days of Napoleon.
Isis: The Origins of Violence will air on C4 on May 17 at 9 p.m.
History chronicles the peopling of America in America: Promised Land
The History network readies the new event series, America: The Promised Land, which examines the peopling of America and the various immigrant populations over time that transformed the country.
During the course of two nights, the series chronicles the significant immigration patterns of ethnic groups to the U.S. through the telling of historical events including the Dutch Fur Trade; the creation of the postage stamp by Irish immigrants; the California Gold Rush; Germans coming to the aid of the Union Army in vast numbers during the Civil War; The Great Migration of African-Americans to the North and West and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad which reduced America’s East to West travel time.
The two-day, four-part event series produced by Nutopia airs May 29 and May 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on History.