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Channel 5 history slate uncovers Pompeii

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of original history programming, including a special on the final hours of Pompeii and two-parter about The Queen Mother.

Dan Snow

Pompeii: What Happened Next is one of two commissions for London-based prodco Voltage TV.

The 1×90’ doc uses access C5 gained to the ancient Roman city last year and sees historian Dan Snow and archaeologist Raksha Dave tell the untold story of the aftermath of the volcanic eruption which destroyed the town.

Voltage is also producing The Tutankhamun Legacy (working title, 3×60’), fronted by Snow, Dave and former BBC political correspondent John Sergeant in the land of the Pharaohs.

Blakeway TV has secured two commissions from the broadcaster.

The Queen Mother (2×60’) explores two of the most important and dramatic periods in the Queen Mother’s life. It uses testimony from friends, former staff and royal experts, rarely seen archive footage, private letters and diary entries to recall the time she became Queen consort after the abdication of Edward VIII and her search for a new role after the death of her husband.

The second show is Tony Robinson’s History of Britain (4×60’), which is a coproduction with Motion Content Group and looks at the great eras in history as seen and experienced by the working class.

Following the critical success of Eight Days That Made Rome, Bettany Hughes’ new production company SandStone Global has won its first C5 commission, for Egypt’s Top Ten Treasures.

In addition, SandStone Global is joining forces with 360 Productions to coproduce The Nile: 5000 Years of History (4×60’).

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