UKTV Picks Up Pair Of Factual Series For Yesterday

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UKTV has picked up two new factual series for their Yesterday channel.

The commercial network, which is a joint venture between Scripps Networks Interactive and BBC Worldwide, has sealed a pact with Like A Shot Entertainment which will see the broadcaster co-produce WWII Air Crash Investigators and acquire the UK broadcast rights to Inquisition; both of which will air on UKTV’s specialist factual channel Yesterday.

WWII Air Crash Investigators is a six episode series which follows Garth Barnard as he journeys around Britain, Australia, Poland, the US, and Gibraltar to uncover the truth behind air accidents and training crashes which took the lives of thousands of young airmen during the Second World War.

Four-parter Inquisition examines the inquisitions which were designed by the Roman Catholic Church during the 12th century to combat heresy and explores just why, for nearly 500 years, the saga of fear, persecution, torture and death continued.

“Both of these hard-hitting, powerful series explore and bring to life fascinating historical stories. Using state-of-the-art computer modelling and amazing insight from experts, WWII Air Crash Investigators aims to explain the fatal air crashes and honour the men that died for their country”, said Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday. “Inquisition uses specially filmed reconstructions and respected historians to tell the dramatic stories of how men and women died for their beliefs.”

This deal with Like A Shot marks the latest such co-production/acquisition agreement that UKTV’s factual channel has inked over the past few months in an attempt to boost their offerings of exclusive content. Other such successful acquisitions have included Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed The World and the Jamie Theakston fronted series Forbidden History. The latter of which was in fact co-produced by UKTV and was recently renewed for a second season.

“We’re delighted to be working with Like A Shot on these two incredible new series. They are experts in producing historic and factual programming that is entertaining, credible and fascinating”, said  UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-Productions Manager Emma Sparks, who negotiated the deal with Like A Shot Entertainment. “They are exciting additions to Yesterday 2014’s schedule, which already includes a second series of Jamie Theakston’s Forbidden History.”