Five has commissioned a fast turn-around documentary on the Asian tsunami disaster from indie Mentorn.
Five has commissioned a fast turn-around documentary on the Asian tsunami disaster from indie Mentorn.

The 60-minute documentary, ordered by Five senior programme controller Chris Shaw, will be made in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel, which will also screen it in the US.

The documentary will explore the build up to the Boxing Day tragedy that has so far claimed over 150,000 lives and trace what happened through personal stories.

It will also explain why the tidal waves struck and whether it is possible to avert such a disaster in the future.

Five will schedule the documentary for a primetime slot before the end of January. Viv McGrath will executive produce and Chris Martin will produce.