Discovery & BBC Announced ‘History Of The World’ Series


The new television series, “History of the World” has been publicized Monday by the BBC and Discovery Channel. It will take audience on an eight-part journey and will cover some 20,000 years of human history. Just now the two companies finished their 13-year-old channel partnership. Last week, the BBC and Discovery Communications said that they were continuing their partnership. The network decided to continue their agreement for North America by two years to 2014. This collaboration has produced extensively acclaimed worldwide programming events like Life, Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Wonders of the Solar System.

Chris Granlund and Susan Winslow are the executive producers for BBC and Discovery Channel respectively. While the Series producer for the BBC is Kathryn Taylor. Jonathan Stamp is advisor for BBC Worldwide.

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Mark Hollinger, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International said, “This new co-production agreement continues a tradition of developing world class global hits such as Planet Earth and Life that began 25 years ago when Discovery launched in the US.”

Jana Bennett who recently serves as Director of BBC Vision said, “This extended deal with Discovery enables us to continue producing the most ambitious and creative landmark factual programming for viewers until 2014 and provides exceptional value for licence fee payers. It will enable us to build on some of the natural history and specialist factual co-productions we already have planned, such as David Attenborough’s epic series about the cycle of seasons, Frozen Planet, for 2011.”

In History of the World, British journalist and political commentator Andrew Marr will recite key moments of human history and will merge “stunning dramatic reconstruction, innovative computer graphics and gripping storytelling to reveal the events, conflicts and characters that have shaped our destiny.”

According to a series report, featured events will intend to “freeze time at decisive moments in history”; moments like “Cleopatra’s encounter with an asp and Marco Polo’s journey along the Silk Road to China to the arrest of Marie Antoinette and the firing of a bullet in Sarajevo in 1914.”

Additionally, BBC Worldwide is selling its stake in Animal Planet and Liv networks to Discovery for $156 million. BBC Worldwide will concentrate on the development of its entirely owned channel brands by following the exit of this partnership. BBC America, BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, BBC HD and CBeebies are included in its channel brands which reach 107m subscribers in more than 100 countries.

History of the World will divulge the main turning points in the mutual history, ranging from military crusades to love stories to technological inventions to shootings to medical breakthroughs to devastating natural calamites. In 2012, History of the World will be televised on BBC One.

Currently, Discovery Communications have more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries, leading to the world’s number one nonfiction media company. Discovery has 13 channel brands in the UK. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the primary public service broadcaster in the UK and has around 23,000 employees all over world.