Nainita Desai to score BBC One Holocaust series

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Robert Rinder-fronted series combines family stories with big picture history to give a powerful insight into this seismic event.

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In this moving new two-part series, Robert Rinder helps second and third generations of families who experienced the Holocaust to retrace their relatives’ footsteps and discover the full truth about what happened to them. Robert also explores further his own family’s Holocaust stories, on both his mum’s and his dad’s sides.

This series reveals what it means to be the children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims and survivors. Robert meets three different British Jewish families who have been affected by the Holocaust: a man who wants to know what happened to his German grandparents and uncle; two sisters who investigate their grandmother’s role in the Dutch resistance and the fate of her sister; and a daughter who knows her mother was arrested as a child by the Nazis as she tried to flee France.

Robert also embarks on his own journeys of discovery. To find out what happened to his paternal family, he travels to Lithuania and hears a harrowing eye-witness account. Robert also travels with his mother Angela to Treblinka, to meet the last remaining survivor of the former Nazi death camp and to commemorate his great-grandfather and his family.

My Family, The Holocaust And Me is made by Wall To Wall. The Executive Producer is Colette Flight. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.

It will be broadcast to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th 2020).

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*** Nainita has recently scored the feature documentary For Sama which tells the astonishing story of a 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, who filmed her life in the rebel-held area of Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War.

It has been nominated for 4 BAFTA’s: They are for Best British Film, Best Documentary, Film not in the English Language, and Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer. It is also shortlisted for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category. ***