Discovery Communications Inc. and the British Broadcasting Corp. are
producing a special two-hour, commercial-free program examining the roots of
terrorism that will be simulcast on eight Discovery U.S. Networks and BBC
America Wednesday night, the companies announced Monday.
Currently in production, Behind the Terror: Understanding the Enemy
will premiere Sept. 19 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., then encore from midnight to 2
a.m. Sept. 20. An international broadcast is slated to air on Discovery networks
in primetime around the globe Sept. 21.
The special, hosted by veteran news anchor Forrest Sawyer, will provide an
in-depth profile of terrorism and the people behind it. The show aspires to take
viewers behind the fear, anger and destruction to look at the evolution of
terrorism and why last week's attacks were made against the United States.
A Discovery spokeswoman said Behind the Terror will intersperse news
footage from last week's hijacking tragedies with archival materials from the
BBC and Discovery.
At press time, the production was slated to include interviews with Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage, former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, ex-FBI director William Sessions and former United Nations ambassador
Bill Richardson, the last man to negotiate with Afghanistan's Taliban ruling
In the States, Behind the Terror will air on Discovery Channel, The
Learning Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Science
Channel, Discovery Civilization Channel, Discovery Wings Channel and BBC
Abroad, the special is scheduled for primetime Sept. 21 on Discovery Channel,
Discovery Health, People + Arts, Discovery Sci-Trek, Discovery Travel &
Adventure, Discovery Civilisation and Discovery Wings.
From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21, Discovery Channel and Discovery Health will
present a special edition of Deadline Discovery focusing on the ongoing
news and response to the horrific events in the United States. The show will
encore from 11 p.m. to midnight that night.
Deadline Discovery will also air on eight of Discovery's international
channels Sept. 21.