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Sir Tony Robinson and Discovery UK commemorate WWI in 3D

Host Sir Tony Robinson (pictured) will also be driving tanks and flying a vintage airplane during the four-part series, set to air in November.
September 16, 2014

A four-part series, WWI in 3D with Tony Robinson, has been commissioned by Discovery Channel UK to mark Armistice Day.

Produced by Renegade Pictures, the miniseries, hosted by Sir Tony Robinson (pictured), was shot on location in Britain, France, Belgium and Germany.

Ordered by Discovery Networks’ Europe SVP & head of programming Daniel Korn, the 4 x 60-minute series, airing on Discovery UK in early November – will be broadcast in 2.5D, using series of images to create a three-dimensional visual perception.

Host Robinson will also be involved in the action: driving one of the earliest tanks; facing an aerial bombardment in a replicated trench; and flying a 100-year-old vintage flyer plane, in addition to visiting historic Great War landmarks.

The series will be simulcast on the Sky 3D channel in 3D.

To commemorate The Great War’s centenary, the series will also include hundreds of 3D stereoscopic photos, many which will be making their premiere during the series.

“Through this unique collection of 3D stereoscopic photographs, the series aims to give a new and moving perspective that goes beyond the traditional portrayal of these awful events to show what the conflict was really like on a day-to-day basis as seen through the eyes of those who fought, both home and abroad,” said Korn in a statement.

Executive producers are Catherine Ball for Discovery and Alan Hayling for Renegade Pictures. Julian Carey serves as series producer and director and Zara Akester also is a producer for Renegade.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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