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Channel 5 Lines Up New Documentary Projects for 2020


Channel 5 has plans to roll out four new documentary projects for 2020 that will explore slavery, miscarriage, ancient Greece and the lives of zoo animals.

The tentatively titled One Thousand Years of Slavery is a docuseries from David Olusoga and Mike Smith’s production company Uplands TV that shows how the inhumane practice of slavery helped shape the modern world, transforming Western economies and global demographics. From ITV Entertainment, Miscarriage sees celebrities and public figures with personal experience of child loss talking to one another about their miscarriages and stillbirths.

My Greek Odyssey (w/t), a new series from Sandstone Pictures, features historian and classicist Bettany Hughes exploring the ancient world of Greece. She’ll both uncover the myths and stories of heroes and their world from Odysseus to Helen of Troy and meet people who now live in the beautiful and historic place. Emporium Productions has been commissioned to make Talking Animals: Tales from the Zoo (w/t), a six-part docusoap series following the daily life of the animals residing at the Jersey Zoo from their point of view.

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