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Format Awards 2021

Channel 5 makes more history

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial net Channel 5 has commissioned a number of history series for its primetime schedule.

Among the new shows are a trio of productions from London-based Voltage TV: Epidemic: The Great Plague (3×60’), The Tutankhamun Legacy (working title, 3×60’) and Pompeii: What Happened Next (1×90’). Voltage’s Amanda Lyon is exec producing all three programmes.

Also on the slate is a drama/documentary series Henry VIII: Man, Monarch, Monster (3×60’). Executive produced by Bafta winner Emma Hindley, the show is directed by Luke Korzun. Blakeway Productions will produce.

In addition, C5 has ordered a second season of Lion TV’s Inside the Tower of London (8×60’).

Lucy Willis, C5’s commissioning editor and VP of factual, said: “I’m passionate about bringing history to as wide an audience as possible and it’s now a vital part of our primetime schedule here at the channel.”

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