UKTV has closed a pre-sale deal with IMG Media to acquire Secrets of the Bible and the third season of Raiders of the Lost Past for their specialist factual channel Yesterday, TVWise has learned.
Secrets of the Bible focuses on explorers on a mission to uncover the truth behind extraordinary biblical events. The series follows these explorers as they search for the legendary Ark of the Covenant, hunt for the Tower of Babel, and investigate the mystery of how the Israelites parted the Red Sea.
Raiders of the Lost Past tells the stories of daring, dramatic and dangerous searches for some of history’s most legendary and possibly non-existent hidden treasures. Yesterday previously broadcast the first two seasons of the show, both of which which garnered strong ratings. Season three features the search for ancient ships which have come to rest in the Mojave Desert and the hunt for a Mayan City thought to be lost deep in the Central American jungle.
Both series, which are being eyed for a Q2 2015 premiere on Yesterday, are produced by World Media Rights and have received 13 episode orders. The acquisitions were ordered by Yesterday’s General Manager Adrian Wills and brokered by UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay.
‘Secrets of the Bible and Raiders of the Lost Past feature fascinating true stories that Yesterday viewers will love”, said Adrian Wills. “Many of us know about the miracles written in the Bible and have heard about the mysteries and legends surrounding hidden treasure, but would like to learn more. Both these series will allow audiences to become absorbed by these ancient tales and provide a fresh and engaging perspective.’
While Alexandra Finlay added: ‘We’re delighted to be working with World Media Rights again on these two brand new programmes. The first two series of Raiders of the Lost Past, Ancient Blacks Ops, Black Ops, and CIA Declassified, which have all been produced by World Media Rights, have proved to be compelling, engaging and popular with Yesterday viewers.”