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Coming Soon: “Watergate”, “The Final Table”

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on PBS, History, Netflix and HBO. Premium cable network HBO will present the television broadcast premiere of ...
October 18, 2018

In this week’s roundup, we look at unscripted series and documentaries scheduled to debut on PBS, History, Netflix and HBO.

Premium cable network HBO will present the television broadcast premiere of Gemma Atwal’s feature-length documentary Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped By Boko Haram on Monday, Oct. 22.

Produced in partnership with BBC2 and ARTE France, the 75-minute film provides exclusive access into the 82 girls who were freed after suffering at the hands of extremist group Boko Haram. The film also follows their lives in the Nigerian capital of Abuja over the year following their release. The film examines how the women are adapting to life after their harrowing experience and how the Nigerian government is handling their re-entry into society.

Stolen Daughters, which premieres Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, also chronicles the girls’ reunions with family who they have not seen since they were kidnapped, as well as them processing their traumatic ordeal through schooling and counselling.

American pubcaster PBS, meanwhile, will debut four-part television event series Native America from Providence Pictures on Oct. 23.

The 4 x 60-minute docuseries, made with the active participation from Native American communities, weaves together history and contemporary science with living indigenous traditions to bring to life the world created by America’s first peoples. The series aims to unveil an ancient and still thriving culture by going behind the scenes at special events and follows field archaeologists as they uncover new histories of North and South America. Native America, which is narrated by Robbie Robertson, Mohawk and co-founder of famed rock group The Band, launches Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

Elsewhere, Academy Award-winning director Charles Ferguson’s forthcoming original documentary series Watergate (pictured) will mark its television debut when it airs this November across A+E Network-owned History.

Produced by Representational Pictures, the six-hour, three-night event series recounts one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics, when, on June 17, 1972, five men were caught in the process of installing bugs and photographing documents in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. The scandal brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon and sent more than 40 people to jail. Watergate, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, will interweave archival materials, recorded conversations, footage from Congress and new interviews with journalists, senior Nixon Administration officials, members of Congress, and prosecutors. The series bows on HBO on Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, digital streaming giant Netflix is gearing up to plate the culinary competition series The Final Table from The Old School.

The cookery format, which was revealed at the 2018 Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, features 24 world-renowned chefs pairing off into teams of two to master the national dishes of nine countries. Episodes will focus on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and that country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. The series will be presented by Bon Appétit editor-at-large Andrew Knowlton.

The Final Table will be set on Nov. 20 to global audiences across Netflix.

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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