COMING SOON: ICONS - THE STORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Major new global history series for BBC2, telling the definitive story of the 20th Century through the people who made it.
From the individuals who came to define our concept of what a great leader is or were instrumental in the struggle for equality and civil rights to those whose inventions transformed the way we live or whose work came to enrich and influence the lives of billions, the series tells the story of a century of seismic change through the lives of the iconic figures who made it.
Each individual episode, presented by a well-known public figure will focus on a particular field - leaders, scientists, activists, artists, revolutionaries, inventors and entertainers - with the presenter identifying three particular icons of the 20th century. The historical figures will be chosen by a panel of experts according to their achievements and legacy. The presenters will tell the story of their icons, demonstrating how the world changed and how the lives and achievements of these people have a direct impact on our lives today.
At the end of each programme, the public will be asked to vote for their winner in that category. The series will finish with a live final where the presenters will champion the winner in their category and the overall winner, the ultimate icon of the 20th Century - will be chosen in a final vote.
The series will be accompanied by a rich and dynamic online and social media presence and will partner with museums, foundations and educational institutions across the country.
COMING SOON: MOON LANDING LIVE
The Moon Landing – reliving the Apollo mission, ‘live’ in your living room
In July 1969, America sent the first humans to the Moon. It became the greatest feat of humankind and the biggest global television event of the 20th century.
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, two immersive documentaries will give viewers the chance to re-live this awe-inspiring event as it unfolds in real time, with incredible cinematic NASA footage and global news archive. Episode One relives the drama of the launch, while Episode Two focuses on the landing, as the world followed the nail-biting moments leading up to the first ever boot print of Man on the Moon.
A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad
Three-part documentary series revealing the inside story of a family dynasty at the heart of one of the world’s biggest problems.
A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, a new three part series on BBC Two, delves into the story of the Assad dynasty. Right at the centre of it are President Bashar and his wife Asma, who met and fell in love in London.
Bashar al-Assad trained to be an eye doctor at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington; Asma was a British born girl from a Syrian family with a career in investment banking. Over a decade ago, they were being welcomed with open arms in Britain. Today, they are entrenched in a brutal war that has led to some of the most horrifying crimes of modern times.
Told through rarely seen footage and testimony of those who knew them, worked with them and studied them, the series explores how the couple, who at first were seen as a modernising force, ended up running a regime accused of war crimes.
THE MIGHTY redcar
NOMINATED FOR BROADCAST AWARDS 2019 (BEST ORIGINAL PROGRAMME)
Four-part documentary series for BBC2
What does family, community and home mean to a generation of youngsters as they approach the threshold and responsibilities of adulthood? Set in the town of Redcar, North Yorkshire, this documentary series will tell the stories of the town’s young people as they decide where, and what, home really means and see what their future has in store for them.
In a snapshot of today’s Britain, family, friendship, loyalty, ambition and opportunity will be explored in a series that will not only offer insight into everyday family life but also the hopes and aspirations that exist within different generations. By following the young people of the town along with their families and friends, the documentary will explore a community with natural warmth and honesty and capture the real-life stories of a British town through the people it is relying on for its future.
ELIZABETH I's SECRET AGENTS
WINNER: RTS AWARDS 2018 (HISTORY); NOMINATED FOR BAFTA TV AWARDS 2018 (SPECIALIST FACTUAL)
Three-part specialist factual series for BBC2 & PBS
Elizabeth I's Secret Agents examines the secret history of the birth of espionage in Elizabethan England.
Sixteenth century England is under siege from foreign enemies and home-grown religious radicals. It's a Protestant state trying to anchor itself in choppy waters on the edge of a largely Catholic continent. The monarchy is at risk from assassination attempts, revolutionary plotting and gunpowder.
To combat this onslaught Queen Elizabeth looks to a father and son team to keep her safe. William and Robert Cecil are her spymasters, and between them they will establish a secret state with tendrils reaching into catholic conspiracies at home and abroad.
"Wonderfully dark and gossipy...This absorbing look at the complicated intrigues in and around Elizabeth I’s court is so dramatic it feels like a 16th-century Homeland." - The Radio Times
"Gripping" - The Times
Trump: An American DREAM
NOMINATED FOR THE GRIERSON AWARDS 2018 (BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY)
Four-part biography series on President Donald J Trump for Netflix & Channel 4
Trump: an American Dream, is a four-part series that charts Trump’s extraordinary journey through five decades as businessman, developer, media star, politician before reaching the White House. It is also the story of modern America. A story of capitalism, celebrity, political gridlock, reality TV and social media.
Told through the extensive archive of his life and interviews with the people who have known him, the series reveals the people and events that shaped and created the President of The United States.
72 films is producing the series with David Glover and Mark Raphael as executive producers.
"Fascinating and horrifying in equal measure. Impeccably well-researched."
- The Telegraph
WWI: THE FINAL HOURS
Single docudrama for BBC2.
On 8th November 1918, an Englishman, a Frenchman and a German gathered in secret, on a train carriage in a forest near Paris. Their meeting would last for 3 days. Its aim: bring peace to Europe, and an end to four long years of brutal and deadly war. One hundred years after the end of the First World War, this new 60-minute documentary uncovers the extraordinary events leading up to the Armistice negotiations, and the repercussions that would ripple across the continent, and throughout the 20th century. Now, leading historians have examined the meeting from the perspectives of the three key players on the train, as well as the people who sent them there. Each had the weight of their nation on their shoulders.
This programme follows the meeting, and its consequences – not only for the individuals on the train, but the countries they represented. This is the story of the end of one World War, and the beginning of another.