Channel 4 has ordered a film telling the story of a Vulcan Bomber used in the Falklands War that changed the outcome of the conflict.
The 60-minute film, Vulcan Bomber: Mission Impossible, will look at the Cold-War era plane which flew the longest range bombing mission in history using WW2 vintage bombs.
It will include first hand testimonies and drama to tell the story of the mission which faced a series of challenges including mechanical failure, unreliable navigation and empty fuel tanks.
It is expected to air in December and was ordered by C4 history commissioning editor Julia Harrington.
Darlow Smithson creative director Julian Ware is the executive producer and said it “is a feel good tale packed with humour, jeopardy and intense drama all played out against a seemingly impossible objective.” Christopher Spencer is the writer and director and Charlotte Surtees is producer.
The producer of blue chip specialist factual programming is also making its first drama, The Mill for C4. The period drama is based on the real life story of the Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire.
The production will be based on an archive of 20,000 letters, wage books, contracts, diaries, rent books and interview transcripts.
The Greg family were employed hundreds of people as well as recruiting children as young as nine as unpaid apprentices to work there. The production will start early next year.