London-based indie Barcroft Media has been commissioned by A+E Networks UK’s History to create a series of documentary shorts to sit alongside the channel’s U.S. franchise hit Forged in Fire.
The UK factual content producer-distributor will develop and produce five three-minute shorts titled Forged in Britain that will feature blacksmiths and bladesmiths from across the UK.
Each Forged in Britain short will profile a different character as they demonstrate how to create a new blade while sharing historical knowledge about each item.
Featured characters include Norwich teenager Alec Steele; master craftsman Rod Hughes, who specializes in “historical original” productions; father and son team Josh and Graham Burrel; television personality and respected blacksmith teacher Owen Bush; and Sheffield-based mother-of-two Grace Horne, who specializes in producing intricate knives and scissors.
The doc shorts will broadcast across History’s linear and social media channels beginning June 1. The content will also play across Barcroft TV, which distributes across a network of more than 30 content platforms worldwide.
Barcroft Media will also share the accompanying short stories with various media organizations – including Mail Online and The Guardian – via its Barcroft Wire news service.
“With Britain’s long-established tradition of blacksmithing, History is proud to showcase the work and skill of UK forgers whose craftsmanship is every bit as impressive as their American counterparts,” said Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK, in a statement
“We are delighted that A+E Networks UK is taking such an innovative approach to marketing one of their biggest US shows in the UK,” added Barcroft Media CEO Sam Barcroft. “By combining our editorial ability with the reach of our digital distribution network and news wire services, we’ll help share these fascinating stories in a groundbreaking way.”