Brighton-based indie Back2back Productions is producing a two-part special set to explore “one of the great love stories.”
Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters (2 x 60 minutes) has been acquired by Yesterday, the UKTV-owned factual cable network, and Viasat World’s History channel.
The doc will detail the relationship between Tsar Nicholas II, the last ruler of the Russian Empire, and Empress of Russia Alexandra Feodorovna. The films will mark the centenary of the execution of the last Emperor of Russia and his family in 1918.
Through the couple’s thousands of intimate love letters, the special will tell the definitive story of Nicholas and Alexandra, as well as their influence on the 1917 Russian Revolution. The letters will delve into and reveal the couple’s affections, sex life, political delusions and the journey to revolution that sealed their fate.
The two-part documentary, which will include contributions from historians and experts on the Russian Revolution, chronicles “Alexandra’s disastrous dictatorship in graphic detail, leading directly to the total discrediting of the Imperial government as the Revolution started.”
Australian sales house Flame Distribution is handling distribution on the project. Back2back MD David Notman-Watt (pictured) serves as executive producer on the films.
Back2back expects to deliver The Letters in March 2018.
Elsewhere, the production outfit has secured sophomore series runs of The World’s Deadliest Drivers (13 x 30 minutes) and Mega Shippers (8 x 60 minutes), pushing the indie’s secured production hours in 2017 to a record 79.5 hours.
“For the past 36 months our mantra has been to create and establish returning series while retaining IP, and this is now starting to pay off for us,” said Notman-Watt in a statement. “In addition to our 79.5 hours, we have a further 40 hours part financed and pending in the slate that are all highly commercial and returnable propositions.”
The company has, for the first time, linked with Hat Trick International — the distribution arm of UK indie Hat Trick Productions. Hat Trick International will distribute Mega Shippers 2 alongside two further series that are yet to be announced.