History UK preps doc on Paris attacks

The A+E UK network has ordered Terror: Seven Days in Paris (pictured), a quick turnaround documentary on the recent Paris attacks, from NBC Peacock Productions.
November 26, 2015

A+E Networks’ History UK has ordered Terror: Seven Days in Paris, a quick turnaround documentary on the recent Paris attacks, from NBC Peacock Productions.

The hour-long special follows two camera teams in the week following the violence that shook Paris on November 13, leaving 130 people dead and scores injured. The special will provide exclusive footage of the dawn siege by police in the Parisian quarter of St. Denis, as well as interviews with witnesses to the killings, medical personnel, the owner of the Bataclan concert hall, and Paris-based international terrorism experts.

The film will also touch upon other major recent acts of terrorism that have held significant global impact, including the September 11 attacks; the Madrid bombings in 2004; 7/7 in London in 2005; the Charlie Hebdo killings in January; the Russian plane bombing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula; and the strikes in Beirut, which took place the day before the Paris attacks.

Terror: Seven Days in Paris premieres November 27 at 9 p.m. GMT on History UK, with a repeat viewing on November 29 at 10 p.m. GMT on CI.

“This special documentary puts the Paris attacks in a wider context,” said Rachel Job, UK director of programming for History at A+E Networks UK, in a statement. “With exclusive footage and first-hand accounts from the people of Paris, alongside expert opinion, we look at how recent acts of terror have changed the course of history.”

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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.