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Smithsonian readies “Make It Out Alive”

Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to share harrowing stories of life or death situations in 360 Production’s forthcoming series Make It Out Alive. The six-part series (pictured) will look to highlight ...
September 14, 2017

Smithsonian Channel is gearing up to share harrowing stories of life or death situations in 360 Production’s forthcoming series Make It Out Alive.

The six-part series (pictured) will look to highlight historic man-made and natural catastrophes by recounting horrific and heroic tales of human sacrifice, bravery and survival.

Make It Out Alive will offer insight into the moments before and after disaster strikes through dramatic recreations, rarely seen archive footage and personal survivor testimony.

Episodes scheduled to broadcast in the first season will touch upon the violent eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980; the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck down San Francisco in 1989, killing 67 people and causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage; and the May 1999 Oklahoma tornado that left 41 people dead.

The series will also feature the Piper Alpha oil rig platform explosion of July 1988 that killed 167 people, including two crewmen of a rescue vessel; the July 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which led to greatest loss of life from a single ship in U.S. naval history, killing 879 of the 1,196 crewmen aboard; and the October 1963 disaster of Italy’s Vajont Dam, which saw a massive landslide collapse into the reservoir, sending an 820-foot-high wave of water crashing into the valley and villages below.

Make It Out Alive is slated to premiere Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

The series is executive produced by Smithsonian’s John Cavanagh¬†and David Royle, and is produced by Edward Hart for 360 Production.

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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