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Peter Jackson to direct WWI doc for BBC

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is set to direct a documentary for the BBC focused on the First World War. Co-commissioned by the UK government’s WWI arts-focused organization 14-18 NOW, ...
January 22, 2018

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is set to direct a documentary for the BBC focused on the First World War.

Co-commissioned by the UK government’s WWI arts-focused organization 14-18 NOW, Imperial War Museum in association with the BBC, the untitled doc will use original footage from the museum alongside interviews the pubcaster conducted with veterans.

Jackson will use film modern-day techniques such as colorization and 3D technology in an effort to offer a new perspective on the Great War.

The film, which is executive produced by House Production, will premiere at the annual BFI London Film Festival.

This news follows BBC’s announcement that 2018 will be a ‘Year of History’, with programming across television, radio and online.

In addition to Jackson’s documentary, historian Dan Snow will explore the consequences of shell shock during World War One and how society struggled to diagnose what is now known as PTSD.

Shell Shocked, a one-off produced by BBC Studios Documentary Unit, explores the challenge presented by the ongoing mental health crisis among war veterans which often results in alcoholism, broken families, violence and suicide.

In the program, Snow delves into unseen archives to reveal the history of the British reaction to the psychological complexities of battlefield trauma and the challenges of warfare.

Shell Shocked (1 x 60) was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller, BBC2 and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning natural history and specialist factual. Chris Granlund is executive producing, and the BBC commissioning editor is Simon Young.

The pubcaster has also collaborated with Wellcome Trust for a documentary to reveal the what happened in the UK when the Spanish Flu swept the world in 1918.

BBC Studios Pacific Quay Productions will produce a one-off special that looks at the devastating impact the disease had on families already affected by four years of war and war work.

Spanish Flu: In Their Own Words will include eyewitness testimony from doctors, scientists, soldiers and politicians and dramatic reconstruction. The 1 x 60-minute doc was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller BBC2 and Tom McDonald and the executive producer is Richard Bright. The commissioning editor is Diene Petterle.

BBC4 will broadcast the previously announced 90-minute special Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic, which predicts the impact another Spanish Flu-like virus could have on Britain.

Rounding out the new programs is a special from Antiques Roadshow.

Produced by BBC Studios, Antique Roadshow will showcase mementos and object that offer insight into medical advances, symbols of sacrifice and unseen photos capturing the honesty of war.

Antiques Roadshow’s executive Producer is Gill Tierney and the series producer is Robert Murphy. It was commissioned by David Brindley

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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