HISTORY® Premieres Two New Documentaries Exploring Untold Stories: 28 Heroes and Sector Sarajevo
War Story Returns to HISTORY with Eight New Episodes of Emotional First Person Stories from Canadian Veterans
GLOBAL NEWS to air LIVE Remembrance Day Coverage with Canada Remembers special beginning Monday, November 11 at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT
HISTORY's Days of Remembrance Runs Friday, November 8 Until Monday, November 11, with Four Full Days of Exclusively Canadian Programming
TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - This November, Shaw Media observes Remembrance Day with a full schedule of Canadian original programming. With new documentaries telling first-person stories from Canadian veterans, live coverage of 2013 Remembrance Day events on Global News and four full days of Canadian original programming on HISTORY, Shaw Media is proud to offer an unparalleled line-up of programs paying tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, armed conflict and peace.
From Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11, HISTORY's schedule is dedicated to Canadian produced-programming recognizing Canadians and the wars in which they have served. The new documentary 28 Heroes marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and sheds light on one Canadian platoon's heroic battle. The premiere of the documentary Sector Sarajevo takes an insider look at another aspect of Canadian veterans' contributions by exploring what it means to be a peacekeeper in a conflict zone. And the documentary series War Story, which premiered last year, returns to the HISTORY line-up with eight new episodes. The Days of Remembrance schedule includes other groundbreaking Canadian programming, including Dieppe: Uncovered, D-Day to Victory, Passchendaele, The Great Escape: Secrets Revealed and Storming Juno.
"HISTORY is committed to telling our veterans' stories in the most authentic way possible - through the personal testimonies of the men and women who have served our country. This year we have continued our tradition of partnering with the most talented producers and directors to give our veterans a voice and to bring these important Canadian stories to our viewers," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media.
Global News pays tribute to the heroes who served to protect our country with its annual Canada Remembers coverage special. This hour-long, commercial free coverage will begin Monday, November 11 at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT and will be helmed by Global National Anchor & Executive Editor Dawna Friesen. Global News' Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark will report live from the National War Memorial ceremony in Ottawa to give viewers a first-hand look at the events happening as we honour and remember our veterans who served Canada during war. GlobalNews.ca will live-stream the Canada Remembers special, and host exclusive Remembrance Day coverage and feature stories.
In addition, Global News' investigative news magazine program 16x9 will air a commemorative special Saturday, November 9 focusing on the stories of three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in three different wars. The special tells the historic stories of a 90 year old woman who risked her life to save others in the Second World War, a man who spent 42 years behind bars in a prison in Stalinist Russia during the Cold War and the Canadian lieutenant featured in HISTORY's 28 Heroes who was charged with leading a group of 28 Canadian soldiers to safety against all odds during the Korean War.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and the Canadian government has declared 2013 the Year of the Korean War Veteran. Marking this important anniversary, HISTORY's new documentary 28 Heroes premieres Monday, November 11 at 9pm ET/PT. The Korean War is the third deadliest conflict in Canadian history. Of the 26,000 Canadians who served, 516 died in service, 1,235 were injured or missing in action and 33 were taken as prisoners of war. Told in the first person by Korean War veterans Ed Mastronardi and Red Butler, 28 Heroes brings to life the harrowing exploits of one Canadian platoon who fought to hold their vulnerable outpost in the face of repeated Communist attacks. Using interview material from both Canadian and Chinese veterans and dramatic recreations, 28 Heroes reconstructs the battle for the Song-gok Spur on November 2, 1951 moment-by-moment to create an intimate portrait of what it was like to live, fight and die in Canada's forgotten war.
Premiering Sunday, November 10 at 9pm ET/PT, Sector Sarajevo is the untold story of Canada's deadly mission in a city under siege. In summer 1992, the Yugoslav city of Sarajevo descended into a living hell. Torn by civil war, it became a killing zone for three years, with thousands of its citizens killed. Canadian soldiers were sent in to spearhead a UN peacekeeping mission, but in Sarajevo, there was no peace to keep. This is the inside story of a small group of men doing their duty in the midst of madness. And for the first time, key players tell their story in their own words.
New episodes of HISTORY's documentary series War Story air Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11 at 8:00pm and 8:30pm ET/PT. The series is built around interviews with Canadian war veterans, looking beyond the details of the engagement, the weapons and the tactics of war and instead providing a moving look at what it was like for young people to cross oceans and face death on foreign battlefields. This year, their stories take viewers to Hong Kong, Vietnam and the North Atlantic.
In support of its on-air content, HISTORY is launching a microsite highlighting its Days of Remembrance programming. The site includes show pages for featured specials, providing users with tune-in information, synopses and photo galleries. The site also offers full length episodes of the channel's programs and exclusive behind-the-scenes interview clips that elaborate on HISTORY's on-air programming. In addition, users can access previous Days of Remembrance sites, including an updated War Story website and the award-winning D-Day to Victory and Storming Juno websites.
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