One of history's most decisive sea confrontations, the battle of Trafalgar, is to be dramatised as part of a raft of major BBC1 factual commissions.
One of history's most decisive sea confrontations, the battle of Trafalgar, is to be dramatised as part of a raft of major BBC1 factual commissions.

The 60-minute Trafalgar , commissioned by BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey and senior commissioning executive Emma Swain, will use dramatic reconstruction and CGI graphics to bring the battle alive.

The piece, which will be made by the in-house specialist factual team, will follow the events of 1805 when Napoleon's navy was devastated by the British fleet, led by Lord Nelson, at Cape Trafalgar. It is due to air next year.

In the 5 x 30-minute Amazon Abyss , from the Natural History Unit, cameras will go below the surface of the Amazon river for the first time, while in the 60-minute The Story of One , from Impossible Pictures, former Monty Python star Terry Jones looks at the origin of numbers. Both will air next year.

In the 3 x 60-minute The History of God , made by Dangerous Films and due to air in 2006, Professor Robert Winston looks at how religious beliefs are lived and expressed.

Heggessey has also commissioned a number of shows on relationships and money. In the 4 x 60-minute Naked Us people reinvent their lives by selling their houses, cars and possessions while the 10 x 30-minute Smart Spenders challenges families in a cash crisis. Both will be made by the in-house documentaries and contemporary factual department.

In the 6 x 60-minute Family Contract , from BBC creative head of factual entertainment David Mortimer, families agree to live by a contract devised by experts to improve their lives.