BBC2, History prep Hurricane Sandy docs

UK broadcaster BBC2 is lining up fast turnaround doc Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm, while U.S. net History preps Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water (working title).
November 9, 2012

UK broadcaster BBC2 has tapped London-based Dragonfly Film and Television to produce fast turnaround doc Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm, while U.S. net History is lining up Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water (working title).

BBC2′s one-hour special, not to be confused with The Weather Channel’s similarly titled Sandy doc, will use science-based forensic analysis to look at how the hurricane happened and also looks at the effects of it on New York City’s infrastructure and architecture.

Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm will blend interviews with experts, satellite images, user-generated content footage, CGI and news archive to tell the story of Sandy, from beginning to end. The doc is set to air on BBC2 on November 18 at 8 p.m. GMT.

The BBC2 commission marks Simon Dickson’s first as Dragonfly’s managing director. He serves as executive producer on Sandy alongside Dragonfly’s head of factual entertainment Tamara Abood. Tom McDonald is the BBC Knowledge commissioning executive producer.

“Sandy has captured the public’s imagination like no other storm this century,” said Dickson. “Our film will tell the stories of the brave New Yorkers who were caught in the eye of the storm, and whose spirited fight back has inspired the world.”

Elsewhere, Sky Vision’s Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water will come to History on November 18 at 9 p.m. EST. The one-hour special brings together top meteorologists and scientists to give viewers inside the anatomy of a super-storm, show how a super-storm is formed, and examine the conditions that made Sandy spiral out of control.

The one-hour special will also feature stories from those who endured Hurricane Sandy, and examine what has to be done to save lives and property.

John Verhoff is the executive producer for History, while the exec producers for Sky Vision are Danny Tipping and Carl Hall. Kathy Hale and Josh Whitehead also serve as producers.

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