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Middlechild producing Nuremberg doc for Channel 5

June 11, 2020

Middlechild Productions, the Brighton and London based factual entertainment production company, has announced a new history commission for Channel 5, Nuremberg: The Nazi’s On Trial (working title).

The 1×90 minute documentary special, delivering in the summer and airing later this year, examines how exactly 75 years ago, the “greatest trial in history” was dramatically unfolding in a court room at The Palace of Justice, in Nuremberg, Germany. Once the home of Nazi propaganda rallies, the city was now playing host to the sensational war crimes prosecutions of Nazi Germany’s leaders – including the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

In this compelling new film, using archive and newly digitised filmed material from the trial, viewers will follow the twists and turns of the courtroom drama, blow by blow, and the documentary will tell the story of the most incredible war crimes trial the world has ever seen in a way that will keep audiences gripped to the end. Can the prosecutors do enough to convict the Nazi Party’s highest-ranking members, and if so, will they pay the ultimate price for their crimes – death by hanging?

Nuremberg: The Nazi’s On Trial (working title) is produced by Middlechild Productions. Executive producers are David Sumnall and Andrew Eastel. Director is Jenny Ash. It has been commissioned for Channel 5 by Denise Seneviratne.

David Sumnall, MD, Middlechild Productions said: “Channel 5 has a great reputation of making must watch historical documentaries and this is the first of a number of history commissions we’re making for the channel. We are delighted to be taking our programming slate in a new direction, delivering key historical programmes to the Channel 5 audience. To be working with someone of Jenny’s calibre on such an important subject is an exciting milestone Middlechild’s evolution.”

Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Executive at Channel 5 said: “Our audiences are enthralled with WWII history and we hope that this engaging documentary will captivate them. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials , I also hope we bring these atrocities into the awareness of younger generations  and that the countless occasions of turning a blind eye to racism and prejudice throughout history, that allowed a tragedy like this to happen, will resonate with our audience  now more than ever.” 

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