Exactly a week after snapping up WWII Air Crash Investigators and Inquisition, UKTV has reached a deal with 3DD Productions to acquire the upcoming series Raiders of the Lost Art for specialist factual channel Yesterday. The six part series is set to premiere on Yesterday in Q3 2014.
Raiders of the Lost Art explores how over the years some of the world’s most amazing and renowned works of art have simply disappeared. The series investigates how certain works of art were looted or stolen, including the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911. Other cases explored include the vast array of artwork stolen by the Nazis, all of which were intended to be placed in a museum which Adolf Hitler planned to have constructed. The executive producer is Dominic Saville.
“It is astonishing that the works of such well-known artists such as Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Picasso can just vanish”, said Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday. “Raiders of the Lost Art, through dramatic re-enactment and rare archive material, seeks to explore the fascinating mysteries behind the disappearance of these priceless masterpieces.”
While UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-Production Manager Emma Sparks, who negotiated the deal with 3DD Productions, added: “Raiders of the Lost Art is a great addition to Yesterday’s 2014 schedule, which already includes Inquisition and Ancient Black Ops. The Yesterday audience is intrigued and fascinated by historical mysteries and secrets, as the popularity of Jamie Theakston’s Forbidden History and Museum Secrets has proved.”