They were all major events that would leave a lasting imprint on America, and their narratives were shaped by the news coverage they received. With no narration or interviews, relying entirely on radio reports, television footage, rarely seen photographs, and other media, a new Smithsonian Channel series, THE LOST TAPES, will dive deeper into these gripping events, recapturing moments as they happened, raw and unfiltered. The first installment, THE LOST TAPES: PEARL HARBOR, will premiere Sunday, December 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the attacks that brought the U.S. into World War II.
“This is TV at its most raw, its most visceral” said David Royle, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, Smithsonian Channel. “It’s a unique approach. It plunges us into the midst of events, lets us witness the drama unfolding as if we were there at the time, and allows us to make up our own minds. It only uses contemporary reports and images and has an immediacy that is always fascinating and sometimes shocking.”
THE LOST TAPES: PEARL HARBOR offers a detailed account of December 7, 1941, taken straight from original sources. Radio reports, film footage, audiotape, photos, wire dispatches and first-person accounts create a riveting, moment-by-moment experience of the “Day of Infamy.” Some of the primary media sources used in THE LOST TAPES: PEARL HARBOR have not been seen or heard in over 70 years.
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