Discovery UK and Sky Vision have pacted together to co-produce Churchill’s Toyshop, a one-off documentary special exploring Winston Churchill’s clandestine research institute that created strange and often ingenious weapons during the Second World War.
Churchill’s Toyshop will look at the department, known as Military Defence 1, which created such weapons as the PIAT and the sticky bomb. The documentary will use rare archive, expert interviews and reconstruction to examine the unit’s history and the men who worked there.
“We are continuing our VE day strand of content with this fascinating story of remarkable wartime inventions”, said Graham Lafferty, Head of Discovery Channel UK & Ireland. “The documentary tells an incredible piece of wartime history of those behind some of the most ingenious engineering inventions of the war.”
The one-hour documentary, which is being produced by Sky Vision Productions, was picked up by Adam Jacobs, Discovery’s Director of Factual Programming, after it was developed internally Sky Vision. The executive producers are Danny Tipping, Kate Haddock and Adam Jacobs.
“We’re very happy to be able to bring the remarkable stories of these unsung heroes to life for Discovery”, added Danny Tipping, Sky Vision’s Director of Programming and Development.