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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

 

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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