As part of National Geographic’s TCA press tour presentation held Tuesday (July 25), the network unveiled three new documentary specials that will air later this year.
Titanic: 20th Anniversary, will follow the making of the 1997 blockbuster film, while Diana: In Her Own Words, weaves private tapes of Diana, Princess of Wales with rare and archival footage and photography.
Elsewhere, National Geographic has also greenlit a companion documentary special to the network’s upcoming drama, The Long Road Home, based on the New York Times best-seller from U.S. reporter Martha Raddatz.
“Titanic: 20th Anniversary”
In this one-hour doc, National Geographic and director James Cameron will team up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film Titanic.
Cameron will look back at the choices made during the film and put them to the test against new sources, including new underwater footage, computer-generated simulation and scholarly research. Cameron will take audiences through his production journey based on what evidence was available at the time.
He also heads over to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with a team of experts to explore a Titanic exhibit that includes set pieces from the film and real artifacts from the ocean liner itself. The director will also work with his team to explore how accurate he was able to make the scenes from the film.
Titanic: 20th Anniversary is executive produced by James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm and directed by Tom Grane of Los Angeles-based Mob Scene. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Betsy Forhan; vice-president, production is Kevin Tao Mohs; and president of original programming and production is Tim Pastore.
Titanic: 20th Anniversary will air December 2017 on National Geographic.
“The Long Road Home”
National Geographic, Martha Raddatz and Lincoln Square Productions have announced a companion doc to the network’s upcoming drama, The Long Road Home, based on the New York Times best-seller from Raddatz.
The doc will cover the incident of the First Cavalry Division, who came under a surprise attack in Sadr City on Apr. 4, 2004 — now known as “Black Sunday.” Raddatz covered the incident while she was the chief global affairs correspondent for ABC News, and will share intimate interviews with the soldiers and their families about the event.
Lincoln Square Productions will produce the doc for National Geographic. For Lincoln Square Productions, Jeanmarie Condon and Martha Raddatz are executive producers and Ely Brown is producer. For National Geographic, Betsy Forhan is executive producer; Kevin Tao Mohs is vice president, production; and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.
The Long Road Home scripted series and its companion documentary special will air globally in November 2017 on National Geographic.
“Diana: In Her Own Words”
Diana: In Her Own Words, produced by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings of 1895 Films, tells the story of Diana’s journey from childhood to her relationship with Charles, Prince of Wales and the life she led in the public eye.
In 1991, Diana sat down for a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton, who was writing a book about her life.
National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting her side of the story. The doc is told entirely in the Princess’ voice, with no interviews. Most of these recordings have not been broadcast before.
Diana: In Her Own Words premieres Aug. 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic.