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The untold stories behind some of history’s most terrible disasters

This dramatic new series takes six major disasters from the past 100 years and tells brand new stories about each, with a particular focus on six different people caught up in each catastrophe. Every episode is built around a gripping, against the clock narrative – and while we might know the ultimate outcome of each event – we will start off meeting six people who were there at the time, without knowing which three lived and which three died. The six episodes cover the explosion of the Piper Alpha oilrig in 1988, the sinking of The Titanic in 1912, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, Mount Everest’s most deadly day in 1996 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Using a mix of archive, eye-witness testimony and graphics we will be placed firmly into the middle of each of these disasters. A detailed timeline helps us to understand why they happened in the first place and how events played out. Significantly however, we will then follow our six characters on the ground and discover what impact everything from their jobs and locations, to their bravery or just plain luck, played in whether they lived or died: viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats. By getting to know some of the people in these disasters and what they encountered, Survivor succeeds in creating a lasting tribute to all those individuals who were actually there.

Ep1. Piper Alpha: The World’s Deadliest Offshore Accident

Ep 2. Mount St Helens: The Biggest Volcanic Explosion Witnessed by Human Eye 

Ep 3. Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak: The highest wind-speeds ever recorded

Ep 4. San Francisco Earthquake: The highest death-count in US history

Ep 5. Indianapolis; The Worst Naval Disaster in US History

Ep 6. Vajont Dam Disaster; The Worst Man-Made Natural Disaster in the world.

 


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