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C21May iPad

C5, Windfall strip The Blitz

L-R: Angellica Bell, Michael Buerk and Rob Bell

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a factual series from Argonon-owned UK prodco Windfall Films focusing on the Blitz during the Second World War.

The Blitz: Britain on Fire (3×60′) has been ordered by C5 commissioning editor for factual Lucy Willis. It will be stripped across three nights on the channel next month.

Presented by Michael Buerk, Angellica Bell and Rob Bell, the series focuses on eight critical days in May 1941, when Britain, and Liverpool in particular, was subjected to one of the most intense bombardments of the war.

Using eyewitness accounts and recollections from relatives, it tells the stories of people caught up in the bombing, following them hour by hour.

Among those featured are a Merchant Navy captain, a hospital matron, a mother of six, a volunteer firefighter and his young seamstress daughter, and a film star and her RAF husband.

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