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A+E Networks UK has commissioned UK production company Avalon to produce a documentary series dubbed James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain.

disaster 28 nov 2017The series, due to air on HISTORY in early 2018, takes a unique and unprecedented look at some of the most impactful events that affected Britain in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Presented by Nesbitt, the original six-part documentary series unpicks the events that led to the most devastating disasters of the past 60 years. It shines a spotlight on the human cost of the tragedies while seeking to explain the wider political, cultural and institutional context that contributed to them – and looks at the changes made in the wake of each disaster.

With individual narratives explored by journalists Donal MacIntyre (Macintyre Investigates) and Anna Richardson (Super Shoppers, Naked Attraction), the series asks why warning signs were often ignored and how seemingly innocuous decisions – sometimes decades before – contributed to the events that changed post-war Britain forever.

Each self-contained episode explores a different event, covering the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy (2017); the Ladbroke Grove rail crash (1999); the Zeebrugge ferry disaster (1987); and the King’s Cross Fire (1987). The series will also examine the Piper Alpha oil platform explosion (1988) and the Munich Air crash (1958), both of which will be broadcast during their 30th and 60th anniversaries respectively.

“When confronted with the horrors of Grenfell, or any of the other terrible events explored in the series, it’s impossible to reflect not only on the loss of life and personal tragedies but also on the profound impact on British society as a whole,” said Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK. “HISTORY is pleased to be working with James Nesbitt, Donal MacIntyre, Anna Richardson and Avalon, on a series which reveals the full devastating impact and effect of the disasters which have shaped post-war Britain.