25th March, 2015 – London – Woodcut Media and award-winning online collective History Bombs have been commissioned by the BBC to produce a new shortform series about the UK’s National Health Service for the broadcaster’s iWonder digital factual and educational portal.
The new series currently in production entitled How did Britain build the NHS?, is presented by historian and broadcaster James Holland, and features a mix of History Bombs’ signature “continuous shot” videos and infographics.
How did Britain build the NHS?, examines all the key events in the creation of the UK’s National Health Service, to clearly understand the origins of what is now considered to be the cornerstone of post-war Britain’s public policy.
“Partnering with Woodcut Media is an exciting opportunity to combine our focus on high quality and engaging narrative-driven content with the industry knowledge of a well-respected media team. This new series will combine accessible and factually accurate narratives that bring history to life in a highly engaging and entertaining way – shedding light on one of the UK’s greatest institutions,” said Chris Hobbs, Founder, History Bombs, who was recently awarded Best Online Production at the RTS South Centre Awards.
“This exciting project also marks Woodcut’s first BBC commission, and we are obviously thrilled,” said Derren Lawford, Jt. Creative Director, Woodcut Media, and Executive Producer for the series. “I have always had my eye on online talent and was intrigued by History Bombs and their imaginative approach to retelling contemporary history, so they make the perfect partner to work with on such a series.”
iWonder is the digital factual and educational brand from the BBC designed to unlock the learning potential for all BBC content. It feeds curiosity by exploring different perspectives on thought-provoking questions sparked by everyday life, either through BBC programmes, current events, seasons and anniversaries or social media trends. Previous iWonder projects have been fronted by the likes of Dan Snow, Dan Walker and Shappi Khorsandi.
About Woodcut Media:
With offices in London and Hampshire (UK), Woodcut Media specialises in the production of documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment, as well as lifestyle programming, providing innovative and entertaining programmes for UK and international broadcasters. Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, who over the years has established strong relations with key broadcasters such as A+E Networks, Discovery Networks, ITV, and UK TV, to mention just a few, as well as partnerships with leading distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution.
About History Bombs:
UK based History Bombs is a young, fresh and innovative company focused on creating highly engaging educational content. Founded in 2014 by Chris Hobbs, History Bombs has already created a first series of 6 x 5 minute online history videos. The company’s ‘History of World War 1 (in One Take)’ has already won awards at several short film festivals.