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Channel 5, Barcroft to co-produce minute-by-minute Pearl Harbor docuseries

Channel 5 and factual production company Barcroft Studios will coproduce a new documentary series that will chronicle the Pearl Harbor attacks. Attack on Pearl Harbor: Minute by Minute will cover the ...
June 30, 2021

Channel 5 and factual production company Barcroft Studios will coproduce a new documentary series that will chronicle the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Minute by Minute will cover the 1941 Japanese military strike on a Hawaiian naval base in never before seen detail, Barcroft Studios said in a news release. The series will be released this year to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the attack.

The series will combine interviews from the remaining survivors of the attack and expert talking heads, with rare archive material and underwater shipwreck footage. Each episode will unfold chronologically and cover a different part of the timeline surrounding Dec. 7, 1941, a “date which will live in infamy” as American president Franklin D. Roosevelt famously described it.

Barcroft said they have exclusive access to American and Japanese survivors who are more than 100 years old, and that the series will use the actual naval communications from the time.

Channel 5 will broadcast a 3 x 60-minute version of the series for the UK and Ireland, while Barcroft retains the rights for the US and Canada. Peter Wyles will executive produce the series for Barcroft Studios.

“Pearl Harbor is one of the greatest stories of the Second World War and to piece it together minute by minute is a gripping narrative,” said Guy Davies, commissioning editor factual for Channel 5, in a news release.

“With the likely last ever interviews from both the US and Japanese forces involved on the ground, this is a powerful testament to those involved. It’s a brilliant historical boxed set treat for Channel 5 viewers.”

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