Proper producing “Red Hot History”

The new series for Canada's History Television gives historical figures the tabloid treatment and is being shot on location around the world.
October 26, 2011

Putting a new spin on a tried-and-true format, Toronto’s Proper Television is now in production on Red Hot History for Canada’s History Television.

The 13 x 30-minute series, which profiles historical personalities with a tabloid-style treatment, is being produced by Proper for a 2012 broadcast on the Shaw Media specialty net.

Episodes are being shot in Toronto, as well as France, Germany, Italy, England, Russia and Egypt. The on-location footage will be combined with interviews, re-enactments, archival images and footage, and CGI.

Red Hot History is being executive produced by Cathie James and Laine Drewery and produced by Jennifer Scott. In the director’s chair is Michelle Metivier.

“The series excavates gossip worthy details that more traditional historical inquiry tends to bypass, and presents them in a way that is both entertaining and intelligent,” said Guy O’Sullivan, president, Proper Television.

(From Playback Daily, with files from realscreen)

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