Title: The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?
The 90’s revisits the decade through “inside out” storytelling and analysis via 120 original interviews—from unsung heroes behind the decade’s most riveting stories to the biggest names in politics, tech, movies and music. They reveal a decade of highs and lows: Bill Clinton swept into office on the promise of change; we all made new “Friends”; the LA Riots kept us glued to our TVs; Nirvana gave Generation X a voice but everyone danced the Macarena; and “The Real World” and Jerry Springer changed the television programming landscape. With a star-studded cast of actors, eyewitnesses, politicians and celebrity interviewees, The ’90s tells the story of 10 years before boom turned into bust; 10 years when the Web was wide open; 10 years before global terror hit hard. Episodes: 3 x 2 hours TX date: NatGeo, 1st of August 2014
Title: She’s Having a Baby
They’re highly strung, high maintenance and full of hormones! This fun, entertaining, observational documentary series follows two mums to be as they take on the perils and joys of pregnancy and childbirth. Our moms each have a very different vision of the perfect way to bring a baby into the world, glamorous mamma to be, who flashes the cash and the earth mother going for an alternative hypno-birth. We witness the cravings, the meltdowns and the blossoming bump as they juggle a career, their relationships and the stress of the physical and emotional changes Episodes: 8 x 1 hour TX date: Skyliving
Title: The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us
isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about the history of our modern world. A decade that spawned political, technological, cultural and social revolutions that began in the United States and went on to dominate the world. We worked out, worked harder, played harder and consumed more — because the 1980s was the decade when we went forward to the future. This is the story of the 1980s, told as never before. An epic tale recreated through archive footage and dramatic reconstruction featuring interviews with music and film superstars, as well as titans of technology, business, media and politics. This was the decade that made our world today. Welcome back to the 1980s.
Episodes: 6×60’ TX date: : NatGeo, 12th May, 8.00 2013
Title: Mankind The Story of All of Us
Mankind The Story of All of Us is a genre defining miniseries for the History Channel. A gripping adventure story about how we built our world. An extraordinary tale of human endeavour, struggles against huge odds – and the elements – triumphs of human spirit, inspired innovation, and shared heroism. This is the journey of humankind. Beginning with the Big Bang, it traces the development of humans on a planet where the vast majority of species go extinct. From the development of tools to the pyramids, from the fall of Rome to the discovery of the Americas. The greatest landmarks of the human story told from a new perspective – using incredible CGI and compelling drama documentary. A tough, exciting action-adventure, encompassing astronomy, geology, and the power of science, engineering and technology to transform the world around us.
Episodes: 12 x 1 hour TX date: History Channel late 2012
Title: The British
The British is an ambitious and gripping series about the history of the British Isles from Stonehenge to World War Two, the Roman occupation to the discovery of penicillin. This 7-part series will be both popular and important, working for a wide audience – young and older. It’s designed for everyone: content-rich enough to satisfy the most passionate history buffs and dramatically exciting for a generation used to feature films and computer games. This is a new approach to the story of Britain: energetic and bold, modern, inclusive and, above all, surprising. A new kind of landmark television: adventurous and pleasurable, and packed with astonishing facts and new ideas. With energetic drama and a lightness of touch it makes the past feel ultra-modern. Touching on crime and punishment, poverty, transport, fashion, housing, childhood, journalism, manners and morals, the series brings the danger, action, struggle, heroism and adrenaline of Britain’s history to life.
Episodes: 7 TX date: 2012 on Sky
Title: Adrift 47 Days With Sharks During a routine search and rescue mission over the Pacific in WWII, an American plane crashed into shark-infested waters. This is the inspiring true story of two war heroes – one an Olympian, one a pastor’s son – who managed to survive a record-breaking 47 days at sea in a life raft. They subsisted on only the food they were able to catch from the ocean and the water they were able to collect from the rain, all while fighting off a gang of sharks that were their constant companions. But when they finally did reach land, it was only the beginning of their troubles. What happened to these men is one of the greatest tests of faith, will and endurance of our time.
Episodes:1 TX date: 14th August 2012 – Shark Week – Discovery Channel
Title: Versailles: The Palace of Pleasure A glorious costumed romp through the most scandalous years of the Palace of Versailles, this lavish drama-documentary tells the story of Louis XV, one of history’s greatest libertines. It’s a florid tale of sex, war, torture, more sex and some truly astonishing wigs.
Episode: 1 TX date: 9pm Wednesday 8th February 2012 BBC 2
Title: Versailles: Countdown to Revolution A lavish drama-documentary chronicling the final days of the Bourbon dynasty. The French people are starving but the aristocracy are too busy partying inside the gilded palace of Versailles to take much notice. Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette attempt to stave off revolution. Spoiler alert: they don’t succeed.
Episode: 2 TX date: 9pm Wednesday 15th February 2012 BBC 2
Title: Britain’s Gay Footballers
There are currently around 5000 professional footballers in Britain. But incredibly not a single one of them has come out publicly as gay. Quite simply homosexuality is the national game’s last great taboo. Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin Fashanu, the only ever openly gay British professional, goes on a mission to discover why no gay player has followed in her uncle’s boots in over twenty years. With access to a fascinating and insightful cast of characters from within and beyond football, Amal probes the ugly underbelly of the beautiful game.
Episodes: 1 TX date: 9pm on BBC3, Monday 30th January 2012
Title: King of Christmas Lights (Channel 4, Cutting Edge) This Cutting Edge film explores the world of extreme Christmas decorating, meeting three of the UK’s most obsessive and lovable people who simply live for adorning their houses in yearly festive regalia. Throwing a spotlight on what Christmas means in contemporary Britain, this film looks at what motivates people to cover their houses in swathes of Christmas cheer every year. This heart-warming and entertaining film offers both an eye-popping spectacle and also an insight into their true motives, relationships under strain from overindulgent merriment, households pitted against their neighbours and whole communities united in their desire to light up the night’s sky.
Length: 1 hour Episodes: 1 TX date: 9pm on Channel 4, Monday 19th December 2011
Title: Targeting Bin Laden (History); Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill (Channel 4) This is the most complete story yet of the operation to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. A stellar cast of White House insiders speak on camera, including the first documentary interview by President Barack Obama on the subject. From the anxiety-drenched minutes in the White House Situation Room to the deadly stairwells of Bin Laden’s secret labyrinth, cinematic dramatisations takes viewers deep inside one of the most important moments of our era, as we see the US Navy Seals come face to face with the most wanted man in history. Based on high-level CIA and White House briefings, and packed with exclusive stories and fresh insights, the film reveals that President Obama received a last-minute intelligence assessment, which if true would adversely affect the whole purpose of the operation. Executive Producer: Phil Craig
Length: Targeting Bin Laden, 2 hrs / Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill, 90 mins Episodes: 1 TX date: History US – 6 Sep 8pm EST; Channel 4, UK – 7 Sep 9pm 2011
Title: Rogue Sharks Rogue Sharks is an exciting documentary for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. By mixing dramatic accounts of real-life shark attacks with a classic scientific detective story, the film investigates the phenomenon of the rogue shark. Can a shark turn psychopath? Or are the rare attacks on humans really examples of normal shark behaviour? Some of the world’s top shark scientists help unravel the mystery. Executive Producer: Phil Craig
Length: 60 Minutes Episodes: 1 x 1 Hour TX date: Discovery US – 1 August 2011 (US)
Title: Nazi Gospels Nazi Gospels explores the roots of Nazi ideology, and how the Third Reich used twisted versions of history and religion to bolster its power and help drive Germany towards war and genocide. The film journeys into the darkest corners of the Nazis’ elite force, the SS, showing how they developed pagan rituals and financed expeditions in search of the Holy Grail, and reveals how the same men caught up in these bizarre, cult-like obsessions, were also those who directed the horrors of the Holocaust. Illustrated with chilling drama and readings of original primary texts, as well as little-seen archive, Nazi Gospels shows how racist myth-making and false history was used to underpin the greatest crime in history. Executive Producer: Phil Craig
Length: 120 Minutes Episodes: 1 x 2 Hour TX date: History Channel – Sunday 27th May at 9pm 2012 –
Title: The House That Made Me In a new format combining celebrity and recent social history, four iconic figures will take us back to the time and place of their adolescence to re-examine the triumphs and traumas, historical events and personal relationships that shaped them into who they are today. And to help unlock their most meaningful memories and emotions, key locations from the period – including their home – will be painstakingly recreated. It promises to deliver a rich personal and historical insight into themselves and the British history of the last few decades. Executive Producer: David Dehaney Length: 60 Minutes Episodes: 4 x 1 Hour TX date: Channel 4 – December 2010 (UK)
Title: 9/11 State of Emergency 9/11 State of Emergency is an immersive, compelling, edge-of-the-seat documentary that tells the story of those momentous hours in the words of key political / military leaders and ordinary men and women who suddenly found themselves on the frontlines of a new kind of war. Made by the producers and writer of the globally-acclaimed 9/11 film The Flight That Fought Back and the director of Waco Siege and Manson Length: 90 Minutes Episodes: 1 x 1 Hour TX date: History UK – 30th August 2010 (UK)
Title: America The Story of Us The series promises an unprecedented look at the U.S., from the origins of the country to infrastructure and technological development, exploring the people, places and things that shaped the country’s history. Each hour of the series will help answer pertinent questions while exploring key events with re-enactments and CGI. Episodes: 12 x 1 Hour TX date: History – 25th April 2010 (US)
Title: Vatican – The Hidden World To mark the Papal visit to the UK, camera crews have spent a year filming a world that few have ever seen. With unprecedented access to the Vatican, and the people who live and work there, this is a unique profile of the heart of the Catholic Church and the world’s smallest Sovereign State. Archivists reveal the Vatican’s secrets, including the signed testimony of Galileo recorded by the Inquisition; a Cardinal journeys deep below St Peter’s Basilica to inspect the site claimed to be tomb of the Saint himself; and curators share a private viewing of Michelangelo’s extraordinary decoration of the Sistine Chapel. An intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the workings of one of the world’s most powerful and mysterious insitututions. A teamWorx / Bayerischer Rundfunk production in association with Nutopia. Director: Richard Lankani, English language version writer and executive producer: Phil Craig Episodes: 1×90 Minutes TX date: BBC2 – 14th September at 8pm (UK)