Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) to produce MegaQuake: Hour That Shook Japan (1 x 60-minutes), a one-off special examining the recent events that have devastated Japan.
The doc will count the human, scientific and global cost of the disaster, and premieres on Discovery Channel in the UK and the U.S. on April 24 at 10 p.m., rolling out to other international regions immediately after.
The program will re-live the moment when the quake and then the tsunami hit, using interviews with those who experienced the event and filmed their own footage on the day.
It will also assess whether the Earth’s tectonic plates are in a phase of increased activity which is likely to result in further seismic events. Testimonies from survivors now living as refugees will unfold the eight minutes between the nine-category quake and the tidal wave.
Tom Brisley, DSP’s creative director, said: “A catastrophic disaster such as the recent events in Japan poses many questions that need to be answered. Through a scientific approach with expert analysis, we get to the heart of the story to reveal the critical chain of events that bought a leading nation to a standstill.”
Luis Silberwasser, DNI’s exec VP and chief content officer, added: “This is a very personal and tragic story for many of us. As we continue to watch the devastation unfold, we want to provide viewers with context and access to experts who can help explain the science of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered these events, and what the current situation means for all of us.”
MegaQuake: Hour That Shook Japan is being produced by Simon Young and exec produced by Brisley and Guy Davies for DSP. The execs for Discovery are Stephen Reverand, Elizabeth McIntyre and Dan Korn.