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Smithsonian Channel launches in UK, promises “modest but meaningful” UK commissioning strategy

The Smithsonian Channel has today (Tuesday 12th February 2019) launched in the UK, marking its first expansion into Europe.

Smithsonian Channel’s original content spans a wide range of non-fiction topics, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop culture. The channel has worked with many UK production companies over the years, and this launch opens up the opportunity for further commissions specific to British interests.

David Royle, Chief Programming Officer of Smithsonian Networks told Deadline that it would have a “modest but meaningful” UK commissioning strategy.

Already available internationally in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, UK viewers now have access to the network’s programming on Virgin, Sky, Freesat and Freeview. The Channel’s first new UK commissions include When Tariq Ali Met Malcolm X, about a friendship between two controversial firebrands – British Marxist and anti-Vietnam war protestor, Tariq Ali, and America’s black power advocate, Malcolm X - and Mystic Britain, which reveals the secrets of Britain’s most mysterious sites and is hosted by television and radio presenter Clive Anderson, alongside anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, the author of Hidden History.

Pact ran a webinar with Smithsonian Networks' David Royle in April 2018, which you can listen to here.

Find out more about Smithsonian Channel here.