Discovery Channel Orders 3D WWI Docu Series Fronted By Tony Robinson

WW1 in 3D with Tony Robinson (FT)

Discovery Channel has ordered WW1 in 3D with Tony Robinson, a four-part historical documentary series fronted by the former Time Team host.

The four-part series will see Sir Tony Robinson, using unique private and public collections of hundreds of 3D stereoscopic photographs taken during the war to tell the story of WW1, from its origins, through to how it was fought and how it changed the world. In each episode Robinson will guide the viewer through a different year of the war, explaining the contemporary 3D photographs, interviewing experts and taking part in historical reconstructions using equipment from the era.

Discovery Channel will air the series in the UK utilising 2.5D, which uses a series of images to create a three dimensional visual perception. . The series will also be simulcast in “true” 3D on the Sky 3D Channel.

Commissioned by Discovery Networks Western Europe’s Senior Vice-President & Head of Programming Dan Korn, WW1 in 3D with Tony Robinson is to be a key part of Discovery’s programming marking the centenary of the Great War. Renegade Pictures is producing the four-parter, which is being shot on location in Britain, France, Belgium and Germany. Julian Carey is set as the series producer and director, while Catherine Ball and Alan Hayling are serving as the executive producers.

“Through this unique collection of 3D stereoscopic photographs, the series aims to give a new and moving perspective that goes beyond the traditional portrayal of these awful events to show what the conflict was really like on a day-to-day basis as seen through the eyes of those who fought, both home and abroad”, said Dan Korn. “It’s part a re-telling of the conflict, as seen from all sides and part legacy looking at the true impact of these world-changing events.”