BBC Three Plans Documentary About 'Dark Knight' Shootings

Dark Knight Rises Shooting Aurora Colorado Theater - H 2012
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Dark Knight Rises Shooting Aurora Colorado Theater - H 2012

"The Batman Shootings" will be a quick-turnaround hour-long TV film for the youth-skewing U.K. network that will air later in August.

LONDON - BBC Three on Tuesday unveiled a range of new program commissions, including a documentary about the shootings in Aurora, Colo. at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Described as a "quick turn-around current affairs film" under the working title The Batman Shootings, it will include "in-depth interviews with some of those involved in the shocking shootings," the network said.

The 60-minute documentary, which producers say is the first about the tragedy that killed 12 people near Denver, comes from British production firm Mentorn and is scheduled to air on Aug. 23.

“Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora - and even this weekend the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee, in which seven people were killed - the list of gun massacres in the USA grows ever longer," said executive producer Steve Anderson. "America is mainly split on the issue of gun controls - this film concentrates on what young people there think should happen now.”

Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three, lauded the channel's success with its Olympics coverage. “We’re experiencing an historic moment on BBC Three right now - transmitting all hours to co-host the biggest sporting event on earth," he said. "With this raft of new commissions, alongside all the fantastic new shows which are launching straight off the back of the Olympics, viewers will see what a rich, diverse, surprising and engaging channel BBC Three is."

Other new commissions include body image series The Body Beautiful, Stacey Dooley In The USA, which promises to reveal "the shocking new youth trends from across the Atlantic," and Unsafe Sex In The City, which "follows what happens when one of Britain’s party cities goes septic, and tells the story of the people on the frontline desperately trying to stem an STD epidemic."


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