Titled The Day Everest Shook for Sky 1 and Earthquake on Everest for NGCI, the film is produced by Sky Vision Productions in association with Sky News. Award-winning producer/director Dick Bower, who also worked on Typhoon Haiyan: Eye Of The Storm (Sky 1 & Nova PBS) will lead the team.
The documentary airs locally on Sunday, 21 June 2015 on National Geographic Channel, channel 181 on DStv at 20:05. There are also three repeats scheduled for Monday, 22 June at 01:35 and 22:50 as well as Sunday, 28 June at 08:50.
The documentary will combine footage from several teams on the ground in Nepal, expert testimony from world-renowned scientists, UGC footage and CGI to illustrate the anatomy of an earthquake and how and why this happened.
Danny Tipping, executive producer and director of programming and development, Sky Vision Productions, commented: “It’s great to be working with Sky and NGCI to produce what will be a remarkable account of the events leading up to and after the earthquake struck. It unleashed multiple avalanches on Mount Everest, resulting in the worst disaster the mountain has ever recorded. The film will also include the latest findings from the world’s leading geologists to establish what can be done to identify when and where the next earthquake might strike.”
Hamish Mykura, executive vice president and head of international content for NGCI, said: “The magnitude of the tragedy in Nepal has touched people all over the globe. This is a chance to examine the human cost and share astonishing stories of survival with viewers all over the world. Even now – as the shockwaves subside – seismologists are attempting to learn lessons from the quake. This documentary will reveal the science behind the news story.”
Worldwide distribution will be handled by Sky Vision.