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Tsunami - The Aftermath

BBC TWO Autumn 2006

BBC TWO's autumn: fresh ideas, big talent and powerful emotions

A brave and poignant drama set in the aftermath of the catastrophic Asian tsunami headlines a season full of ideas, talent and powerful emotion on BBC TWO this autumn.

Written by Abi Morgan (Sex Traffic and Murder) with a stellar cast including Tim Roth, Toni Collette, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Okonedo, Hugh Bonneville and Gina McKee, Tsunami – The Aftermath is a story of loss, survival and hope seen through the eyes of a group of fictional characters.


Focusing on the aftermath of the tsunami in Thailand, this fictional drama is based on first-hand research and interviews.


It examines the way people from all over the world - and from across the spectrum of economic circumstances - came together in the aftermath of the tsunami to cope with their losses and to try to help one another rebuild their lives.


Says Roly Keating, Controller of BBC TWO: "The 2004 Asian tsunami shocked and devastated the world, touching the lives of people everywhere.


"Since then, many questions have been asked and answers have been sought, but what this drama is able to do – through the searing writing talent of Abi Morgan – is to explore the cultural and personal fault lines that can be ruptured when catastrophe strikes.


"Tsunami – The Aftermath really gets inside the issues and lessons for humanity raised by a disaster of such extraordinary magnitude.


"Its intention is to mark the unique nature and scale of this tragedy, and to pay tribute to some of the victims' and survivors' incredible courage."


Fresh ideas in factual


BBC TWO explores the whole range of factual programming this season, with some strong pieces, from hard-hitting documentaries to new factual formats.


In two remarkably frank and revealing films, Stephen Fry investigates the reality of living with manic depression for Stephen Fry – The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive.


On what is an extremely personal journey, Stephen speaks to celebrities and other people who live with the condition.


In a welcome return to BBC TWO, historian Simon Schama recounts eight remarkable stories of high drama in the making of eight masterpieces for a major new series, Simon Schama's Power of Art.


To mark the 60th anniversary of the execution of senior Nazi criminals, a drama-documentary series, Nuremberg, goes behind the scenes of the most famous trial in history.


Adam Curtis, producer of the award-winning Power of Nightmares, returns with a beautifully crafted, authored series about the death of altruism and the collapse of trust, Cold Cold Heart.


Monty Don puts his money where his trowel is and takes on the biggest challenge of his career to prove that growing things can transform the life of young offenders.


In The Monty Don Project the BBC TWO gardener takes on a real project, a real business and a real community challenge with dramatic results.


London Symphony Orchestra Choirmaster Gareth Malone also works with young people taking on a challenge of a different kind in The Choir.


He aims to create a school choir from scratch and take them to the Choir Games in China to compete with the very best.


In Oz And James' Big Wine Adventure wine expert Oz Clarke teams up with Top Gear's James May for an unforgettable road trip through France's wine regions. Oz aims to convert a beer drinker into a wine aficionado, but James thinks he'll teach Oz a thing or two about cars on the way.


Famed for his snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, culinary alchemist Heston Blumenthal turns his attention to the UK's staple dishes in a new series for BBC TWO, Heston Blumenthal – In Search Of Perfection.


The heat is turned up for a second series of Beyond Boundaries, in which an intrepid team of disabled people venture across Africa on an even longer, more dangerous and far more treacherous expedition.


Finally, bridging the gap between factual and entertainment, Dragons' Den returns to the channel with two new formidable dragons, Deborah Meaden and Richard Farleigh, who join Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne and Theo Paphitis for an even longer series.


But does this mean that the millionaire investors will be parting with even more of their money?


Entertainment talent


BBC TWO is proud to have some of the biggest comedy talents on the channel. This season sees David Mitchell and Robert Webb invite viewers into their lopsided world of sketch comedy in That Mitchell & Webb Look.


Time Trumpet, a bizarre clip show based in the future and looking back at key events, celebrities and television shows from the next few years, comes from the ever-surprising, satirical brain of Armando Iannucci.


Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's award-winning series Extras returns for a second series, which sees Andy Millman move from background artist to TV face as he begins to film his sitcom.


This series features appearances from Orlando Bloom, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Martin, Ronnie Corbett and Sir Ian McKellan.


Talented comedienne Catherine Tate is also back for a third series of her award-winning sketch show. She'll be introducing some new characters and bringing back some familiar favourites in The Catherine Tate Show.


Plus, in a new sitcom from Michael Atkins (Waiting For God) called Fear, Stress and Anger, Peter Davison (Doctor Who) and Pippa Haywood (Green Wing) play a couple who discover they have become the 'sandwich generation' – their 20-something children won't leave home and their ancient parents won't shuffle off the stage.


Other highlights


Also on BBC TWO this autumn:

  • Into The West, Steven Spielberg's epic drama series covering the period 1825 to 1892 and following the experiences of two multi-generational families.
  • HG Wells – War With The World, starring Michael Sheen and telling the fascinating story of the father of science fiction.
  • Why Are We Waiting?, which sees Sir Gerry Robinson, the ruthless turnaround king of big business, spending six months in an NHS Trust to slash waiting times and to try and find a formula that really works.
  • Equator, in which author and broadcaster Simon Reeve takes viewers on a 25,000 mile journey around the equator, home to both the world's greatest concentration of human poverty and natural biodiversity.
  • Galapagos, focusing on the islands made famous by Charles Darwin, for the channel's most spectacular high definition series to date.
  • Digging Deep, introducing garden designers Andre Smith and Amanda Brooks who are horticultural therapists, making gardens for the soul.
  • Coast, which returns for a new series and sees Neil Oliver and the team uncover more charm and mystery from around Britain's coastline.
  • Autumnwatch With Bill Oddie, which sees the popular Springwatch team observing nature in action as the temperature lowers.



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