History Television Commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the End of WWI With a Week of Outstanding Broadcast Premieres.

    A Week of Remembrance - November 10 to 16

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - With this November 11 marking the 90th
Anniversary of the end of the First World War, History Television honours the
brave Canadians who proudly served, and continue to serve our country during
times of war, conflict and peace, with A Week of Remembrance. This special
week of programming features the broadcast premieres of two incredible series,
Passchendaele: The Underground War, and Battlefield Mysteries. Also featured
are: the highly-anticipated second season of Finding the Fallen, new episodes
of the History Television original series Ancestors in the Attic and Go Deep
and new blockbuster films.
    "We are proud to offer viewers a week of compelling new series and
documentaries," said Christine Shipton, SVP Drama and Factual Content, Canwest
Broadcasting. "A Week of Remembrance showcases innovative and entertaining
programming from some of Canada's top producers, that shine a light on the
unknown stories of battles fought long ago and some of the greatest war
stories ever told."
    On Monday, November 10 at 8 and 9 pm ET/PT, the broadcast premiere of
Passchendaele: The Underground War tells the story of an unprecedented
excavation of a First World War dugout in Flanders Fields, Belgium. Using the
most sophisticated of 21st century technology, including laser scanners,
ground-sensing radar and submersibles, the evacuation team finds and drains a
dugout that was built in 1918. The team quickly finds that the dugout contains
a series of surprises including cave-ins, fires and artifacts. Each of these
modern events and discoveries is used to trigger flashbacks to the underground
war, with digital scans and mapping creating an exact computer-generated 3D
replica of the space. By the time the team leaves, the dugout has confounded
all expectations, revealing critical clues to a secret war few even knew
    In the broadcast premiere of Battlefield Mysteries, airing November 13 (8
and 9 pm ET/PT) and November 14 (8 pm ET/PT), acclaimed historian Norm
Christie investigates the real and often unknown stories behind history's most
significant battles. Shot on location in France, Britain and Malta, the series
features cutting-edge computer-generated animation seamlessly blended with
archival footage, eyewitness accounts and Christie's own insights and hands-on
investigative techniques. From the wreckage of mighty tank battles in Normandy
to the evidence of brutality during the Spanish Civil War, Christie
reconstructs the momentous actions that shook history and shaped the world of
    On November 11 and 12 from 8 - 10 pm ET/PT, History Television presents
the highly-anticipated broadcast premiere of the second season of Finding the
Fallen, featuring four brand-new episodes. Traveling to infamous battlefields
of the First World War, a group of archaeologists, forensic experts and
historians excavate the past, one shovelful at a time, to preserve the
memories of the lives that ended there. Over the course of four episodes the
experts travel to Germany, Belgium, France and Britain, and unearth the
history of the men and women who fought in the First World War and the stories
that have remained buried for many years.
    In addition, on November 15 at 8 pm ET/PT, Jeff Douglas hosts the
broadcast premiere of a special one-hour episode of Ancestors in the Attic.
This special travels back in time to war-torn Europe and rediscovers the lives
and stories of 35 Oakville students who fought and died for their country
during the Second World War.
    A Week of Remembrance also features the broadcast premiere of a new
episode of Go Deep, November 14 at 9 pm ET/PT and a Band of Brothers Marathon
on November 16, featuring all 10 episodes of the epic mini-series back-to-back
beginning at 10 am ET/PT. Viewers can also enjoy many great blockbuster movies
including The Longest Day, the Oscar-winning film about the events of D-Day
told from both the Allied and German points of view, November 15 at
11 am ET/PT; Enemy at the Gates, the Jude Law thriller about the Battle of
Stalingrad, November 15 at 2 pm ET/PT; and The Great Escape, the Steve McQueen
classic based on a true story from a German POW camp, November 15 at
9 pm ET/PT.
    For full media access to a complete list of programming and high
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    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and eighteen of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media

For further information:

For further information: Jane Collins, Publicity Coordinator, History
Television, (416) 967-2471, jcollins@canwest.com; Rupinder Gill, Publicist,
History Television, (416) 506-1238, rgill@canwest.com

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