Discovery Channel has commissioned UK indie Woodcut Media to produce the hour-long documentary Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute.
Presented by the English actor (pictured), the documentary captures the “unique stories and seminal events” that took place May 8 1945 to mark the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s surrender.
Robinson will take viewers back to VE Day – or Victory in Europe Day — sharing tales of revelers in the streets, soldiers taking their first steps out of prisoner of war camps, the King of England’s celebratory speech in London, and the surrender of Nazi divisions.
Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute weaves together eyewitness accounts, expert contributions, audio and visual archive footage and visual effects that place Robinson into archive footage from that day.
The film was ordered by Victoria Noble, VP of original content, factual, at Discovery.
Michael Wadding (Blitz Street, Brunel: The Man Who Built Britain, The Queen’s Big Night Out) serves as producer and director. Executive producers are Jon Stephens for Discovery and Kate Beal for Woodcut Media.
“We can only begin to imagine what it felt like to hear the news that the war was over, but the ‘minute by minute’ format of this documentary aims to enable viewers to connect with the momentous events and emotions of this historic day in a fresh way,” said Beal, CEO of Woodcut Media, in a statement.
The documentary is slated to premiere on 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8. Woodcut Media has pre-sold the special to France’s Histoire TV.
Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute is distributed internationally and deficit financed by TVF International.