Woodcut Media sets sail with “Combat Ships”

A+E Networks UK has commissioned the documentary series, which will explore a wealth of maritime history and war vessels.
August 12, 2016

Indie factual prodco Woodcut Media has been commissioned by A+E Networks UK to take to the high seas and tell historic tales about the mechanics of maritime warfare.

Shot on location across Scandinavia, Europe, America and the U.K., Combat Ships is set to premiere on the A+E Networks UK channel H2 in early 2017. The new documentary series, which comprises 10 one-hour episodes, will use a combination of interviews, reconstruction, engineering graphics and archive footage to take a deep dive into a wealth of maritime history.

Each episode will be split thematically and focus on several ships, revealing human stories and engineering marvels while providing a new perspective on the military, political and domestic issues of the time. Topics will include how ironclads were used in the American Civil War; how the first dreadnought brought about wholesale change in battleship design and how the “unsinkable” Bismarck ultimately met its end.

“A+E Networks UK channel, H2, is the perfect platform for Combat Ships and we believe the series will appeal to a broad demographic, revealing some real gems,” said Kate Beal, Woodcut CEO and executive producer, in a release.

Commissioned by Rachel Job, director of programming for History and H2 at A+E Networks UK, the series will be distributed internationally by TCB Media Rights.

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