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Channel 5 readies Blitz series from Windfall Films

London-based prodco Windfall Films, part of Argonon Group, is producing a history series for Viacom-owned Channel 5 about the tragedy of Germany’s bombing campaign against Britain in 1940 and 1941, ...
April 17, 2019

London-based prodco Windfall Films, part of Argonon Group, is producing a history series for Viacom-owned Channel 5 about the tragedy of Germany’s bombing campaign against Britain in 1940 and 1941, known as the Blitz.

The Blitz: Britain on Fire (3 x 60 minutes) focuses on eight days in May 1941 when Britain, mainly Liverpool, came under intense bombardment from Germany’s air fleets, the Luftflotten.

Over the course of three episodes, with the aid of eyewitness accounts, intensive research and family memories, audiences will see how ordinary citizens, and those involved in the war effort, survived hour by hour and day by day during this harrowing period in time.

Hosted by Michael Buerk, Angellica Bell and Rob Bell, The Blitz: Britain on Fire follows the stories of a Merchant Navy captain; a hospital matron; a mother of six children; a volunteer firefighter and his young seamstress daughter; as well as an actress and her RAF husband.

The series was commissioned by Channel 5′s Lucy Willis. Fred Hepburn is the executive producer and Mike Wadding is the series producer.

“This series blends gripping and often tragic family histories with one of the little-known chapters of the Blitz,” said Hepburn in a statement. “Relatives and survivors gave us their accounts of what happened to their loved ones that were still raw and emotional even more than 70 years later.”

The Blitz: Britain on Fire is set to premiere in May on Channel 5.

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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