Richard Hammond presents "Bloody Omaha"
Timewatch, the longest running television history programme in the world, and co-produced by The Open University, returns to BBC TWO in January with six new films.
The series features a modern-day Viking Longship voyage from Denmark to Ireland, the harrowing true story of the Omaha Beach landings on D-Day and a profile of tournament Knight Sir William Marshal – the medieval David Beckham!
The Open University’s Stuart Mitchell, academic consultant for the series, said: "Timewatch effectively manages to combine sound scholarship with innovative presentation and mass appeal. It’s unusual to get a television series on history that is of such consistent quality. The series is also vital in fostering debate about different historical subjects and history in general.
"Timewatch provides some engrossing television, but also serves an important social function that goes beyond its content. Widespread knowledge of historical events and processes is crucial for a well-functioning civil society, since without it, the development of society is not contextualised and our tolerance of diversity and variance is diminished.
"The new series is no different to its predecessors - interweaving broad exciting narratives with often very personal stories.
The Greatest Knight
"My personal highlights are the programmes on coastal wreckers of early 19th century popular myth and the biographical journey through the life of William Marshal - tournament champion and the greatest knight of the thirteenth century. He can accurately be referred to as the medieval David Beckham, not only because of his fame and stature but also because he was the subject of a big-money transfer deal!"
The Open University website Open2.net has a huge range of supporting material for Timewatch including blogs, podcasts, extended video interviews, images and programme summaries.
It will be broadcast on Saturday 5 January 2008, then Sunday 6 January then subsequently every Saturday until Saturday 2 February. Check press for times. The sixth film in the series ‘Ten Pound Poms’ is solely a BBC production.
Executive Editor for the BBC is John Farren. Executive Producer for The Open University is Catherine McCarthy. The Open University Academic Adviser is Stuart Mitchell.
The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning. All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.
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