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Channel 5 preps raft of history series

Viacom-owned free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a slate of history programming. Commissions include Voltage TV’s The Tutankhamun Legacy (working title), a 3 x 60-minute look at “the boy king,” his ...
August 9, 2019

Viacom-owned free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a slate of history programming.

Commissions include Voltage TV’s The Tutankhamun Legacy (working title), a 3 x 60-minute look at “the boy king,” his dramatic life, death and discovery, with Dan Snow presenting alongside co-presenters Raskha Dave and John Sergeant. Also from Voltage, Epidemic: The Great Plague (3 x 60 minutes) takes a hard look at epidemiological science, and Pompeii: What Happened Next (1 x 90 minutes) looks at what happened after the infamous volcanic eruption at Mount Vesuvius, destroying the city of Pompeii.

All three voltage series are executive produced by Amanda Lyon. Sanjay Singhal also serves as EP on Pompeii.

Meanwhile, Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster (3 x 60 minutes) looks at the famous monarch’s unraveling, exploring his psychology, his ambitions, his ruthless dealings and his fraught relationships with those around him. The docudrama is produced by Blakeway Productions, with Emma Hindley executive producing.

Finally, C5 has ordered a second season of the hit series Inside the Tower of London (8 x 60 minutes).

All series were commissioned for Channel 5 by Lucy Willis, commissioning editor and VP factual.

“I’m passionate about bringing history to as wide an audience as possible and it’s now a vital part of our prime-time schedule here at the Channel,” said Willis in a statement. “I hope these new commissions will build on the success of series like Inside the Tower of London and Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence.”

Air dates have not yet been announced.

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