15 December 2023

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 A four-part series exploring Stonehenge, Atlantis, Machu Picchu and the Terracotta Army from History Hit  

Channel 5 has commissioned a second series of The World’s Greatest Discoveries With Dan Snow (w.t) with prominent historian, Dan Snow.  The 4 x 90’ strand of film specials takes Dan on a great adventure, exploring four of the most fascinating and mysterious archaeological finds: Stonehenge, Atlantis, the Terracotta Army and Machu Picchu.  

In each programme, Dan explores the incredible story of these amazing finds; from the breath-taking high-altitude moment of discovery of Machu Picchu to diving underwater in search of the origins of the story of Atlantis.   

Commenting on the series, Dan Snow said: “It has been the greatest adventure of my life visiting THE most remarkable and famous archaeological sites on earth for Channel 5. From Asia to South America I have been lucky enough to see sites I dreamed about as a child. I didn’t just explore them, but also their rich stories of discovery. It’s been a once in a lifetime experience.”  

“Dan is an amazing story teller and the perfect choice to guide us through some of the greatest discoveries in history,” commented Lucy Willis, Commissioning Editor Channel 5 and Paramount+.  “He’s got that rare ability to transport us back in time and help us really feel what it would have been like to be living in Peru under the Inca’s or helping to build the incredible Stonehenge. In the first series, Dan explored the Valley of the Kings, Pompeii.  I’m very excited to welcome Dan back, to take part in another set of fantastic adventures for us, revealing the stories behind these great mysteries.”  

“It’s great working with Channel 5 to bring these extraordinary places and stories to a wide audience,'' says Bill Locke, Executive Producer at History Hit. “They have given us the chance to make an ambitious series that travels the world, investigating the moment of discovery and exploring the latest research that continues to bring these wonders to life, taking us back in time to the people who created them in the first place.”   

The World’s Greatest Discoveries with Dan Snow (w/t), is a 4 x 90’ series commissioned by Lucy Willis,  Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK Originals, Channel 5 & Paramount+ and executive produced by Bill Locke from History Hit, the podcast, SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow and acquired by award-winning digital content studio and media network, Little Dot Studios. It will be directed by Nick Gillam Smith, Jess Reid, Tamsin Graham and Mark Edger. 


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About Channel 5   

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been part of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) since its acquisition in September 2014. Channel 5 and its digital brands – 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select, 5ACTION and the on-demand service My5 – offer a diverse range of issue-led documentaries & popular factual celebrating the British countryside and drawing talent to the channel, accessible history, premium drama and critically acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming.   

Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 leads on societal issues from inequality to homelessness and mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.   

In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald. The following year, Raped: My Story won best Single Documentary at RTS. In 2020, it won crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards and by the RTS. In addition, that year it secured its first ever Grierson award win in the ‘Best Single Documentary – Domestic’ category with Suicidal: In Our Own Words. In 2021, it won best factual entertainment at the Broadcast Awards for Springtime on the Farm. It also won best drama at Voice of the Listener & Viewer for All Creatures Great and Small the same year.  

About Little Dot Studios   

Little Dot Studios is an award-winning digital content studio and media network established in 2013. Specialising in creating meaningful connections between premium content and digital audiences, Little Dot Studios engages, grows, and monetises digital audiences on social platforms and connected devices through data-driven, broadcast-quality creative.   

Made up of digital experts, platform specialists and content superfans across the UK, US, Germany and APAC, Little Dot Studios works with the world’s most recognised TV, sports and consumer brands, creating premium digital video, podcast and social content for more than 700 social channels globally and responsible for over nine billion organic views per month.   

Little Dot Studios runs its digital broadcast network of more than forty channel brands across social platforms as well as eight FAST channels across streaming platforms. Licensing over 16,000 hours of hand-picked long-form content, the network is watched by over 40 million subscribers and reaches over 100 million unique viewers every month.   

Little Dot Studios incorporates sports-specialist production arm WING and owns broadcaster Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast network and SVOD service, as well as social media reporting and analytics platform Locowise.  

Little Dot Studios is an All3Media company.   

About History Hit  

History Hit, the podcast, SVOD and content platform founded by historian Dan Snow and acquired by award-winning digital content agency and media network Little Dot Studios, is a premium media network focused on making history more accessible in the digital age.  

History Hit TV, its SVOD service, was launched in November 2017, focusing on original history programming. Alongside over 500 original documentaries, interviews and films, it also offers an archive of over 2,000 podcasts ad-free to subscribers. It is available on Roku, Apple, Android, web, Amazon Fire, and now Amazon Prime Video Channels UK.    

The podcast arm of the media network produces eight successful podcast series, including the chart-topping Dan Snow's History Hit, which broadcasts four times a week. Recent additions include bi-weekly shows Betwixt the Sheets with Kate Lister and American History Hit with Don Wildman. The network publishes 18 podcast episodes a week for enthusiasts of all eras, from ancient times to present day. Audiences can also subscribe to receive all of the History Hit networks podcasts ad-free on Apple Podcasts.    

History Hit also has over 2.5 million social media connections across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, and its website receives 1 million Unique Users a month.

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