New BBC and ITV series with music from esteemed documentary composer team Nainita Desai and Malcolm Laws – on subjects as wide ranging as their repertoire.
• 200 million years in the making, Dinosaur Britain (3 x 60, ITV, 31st Aug) uncovers the amazing story of many of the dinosaurs that once roamed our country revealing how they hunted, what they ate and how they died from the evidence revealed from their bones. Come ‘face to face’ with incredible CGI dinosaurs against the backdrop of some of Britain’s most famous landmarks – including Big Ben and Stonehenge.
• BBC Four offers the opportunity to explore Indian culture in more depth with Dr Sona Datta, revealing the treasures that have shaped the modern Indian world in Treasures Of The Indus (3 x 60, BBC4, starts 31st August).
• Adventure-seeker Bear Grylls will be seen exploring and educating viewers on the UK’s natural geology, botany and history over three episodes in Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls (3 x 60, 15th Sept on ITV).
• In a story of intricate human habitat which encompasses beauty, chaos, homelessness and opulence, Sue Perkins immerses herself in the complex life of Kolkata in Kolkata with Sue Perkins (BBC 1, 2nd Sept). She sees first-hand how it has evolved from a place notorious for its fabled ‘Black Hole’ dungeon and the dreadful poverty of its street people to a place reinventing itself as a vibrant new megacity, with a booming property sector and a reputation for eccentricity, culture and tolerance.
• Mumbai High – The Musical (14th Sept, BBC 4) is a unique documentary musical filmed in Dharavi in Mumbai, the biggest slum in Asia with a distinctive score and songs by Nainita and Malcolm.
Nainita Desai, whose studios are based in London, says “We’ve been thrilled to work with such exciting and acclaimed documentary film-makers and musicians across India on these 5 great projects. I’m very proud of these documentaries given the fantastic talent fronting them and gripping subject matters behind them and we’re so excited to see the finished products air on the BBC and ITV”.
The composer team’s other notable 2015 documentary series include Hunters of the South Seas (BBC2), Kate Humble: Living With Nomads (BBC 2), The Confessions of Thomas Quick (Film 4) and The Day They Dropped The Bomb (dir. Leslie Woodhead, ITV). More new documentary announcements will follow later this year.
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