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National Geographic Channels International Announces Four-part Series The 80s Greatest From Ngci’s London Content Hub


NGCI Also Greenlights New Series Bloody Tales of Europe and Car SOS for its European Territories

Washington, DC – The 1980s ushered in a new definition of innovation, drive and decadence that shook and shocked the world. To capture the spirit of this provocative decade, National Geographic Channels International’s (NGCI) Global Content Hub in London announces the commission of The 80s Greatest from UK-based Twofour. The four-part series will air in spring 2013 as part of a special global programming event dedicated to the decade that gave rise to the birth of now.

“NGCI is closing out the year with significant ratings traction, seeing a 38 percent year-over-year increase in primetime share among viewers age 18-49 in the UK since September, among other international successes. This is a direct result of National Geographic Channel’s balance of high-quality global programming complemented by outstanding regional content that provides robust, uniquely localized schedules to our markets,” said Hernan Lopez, President and CEO of Fox International Channels and NGCI.

Game-changing in the way it wove a common global narrative within a rapidly modernizing world, the 1980s encapsulate some of the best, most iconic – and sometimes grievous – moments in history. In four fascinating hours, The 80s Greatest explores Sporting Icons, Gadgets, Football Moments and Tragedies – from young athletes like Diego Maradona and Mike Tyson who skyrocketed to international superstardom to the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, which dominated international headlines. The 80s Greatest will be paired with The 80s, a six-part series from Nutopia announced earlier this year.

“Few decades hold the same wonder and nostalgia as the 1980s, and together with Twofour, National Geographic Channel is reacquainting viewers with riveting moments across sports, technology and current affairs. These aren’t memories locked away in time; they are the iconic figures, events and innovations that defined a generation, left nations cheering – or the entire world holding its breath – and still resonate today,” said Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for NGCI.

“We are delighted to be working with NGCI on The 80s Greatest. It is a chance to revel in an extraordinary decade that bought us everything from the first cell phone to the first ‘Hand of God’. Expect glorious insight and nostalgia,” said Juliet Rice, Twofour’s Head of Factual Entertainment and executive producer of the series.

In addition, NGCI has announced the greenlight of the new, ten-part car makeover series Car SOS from Renegade Pictures for its European territories. Hosted by UK TV & Radio presenter Tim Shaw and car obsessive Fuzz Townshend, each episode sees the team make one person’s dreams come true by secretly restoring their classic car that has been abandoned due to tragic personal circumstances.

Also commissioned specifically for Europe is NGCI’s new six-part series Bloody Tales of Europe from True North Productions. Building on the success of 2012’s Bloody Tales of The Tower, this spin-off series features a raft of fresh examinations and insights into some of history’s bloodiest events on an even larger scale and with greater geographical spread.

Presenters, journalist Joe Crowley and historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, combine their skills to unlock the secrets behind lurid tales of murder, torture, death and incarceration. Both Bloody Tales of Europe and Car SOS will air in early 2013.

About National Geographic Channels International

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) inspires viewers through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Ventures and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music.

Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGV and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 38 languages.

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