Commemorating the day that shook the world, Discovery Channel, Crime & Investigation, National Geographic and the History Channel will feature the following specials in the up coming ninth anniversary of the World Trade & Pentagon terrorist attacks in 2001…
10 WAYS TO KILL BIN LADEN
THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Friday 10 September, 7.30pm
How close did the US come to killing the most wanted man in history? We present the most compelling search-and-destroy missions which attempted to kill the mastermind of 9/11. With first person accounts from CIA agents, Special Forces operatives and government figures, this special lays out these strategies in compelling detail. The action is visualized through a combination of U.S. military archive (some shot by the special ops themselves), dramatic filming on current military missions, CGI enhanced battle analysis and impressionistic re-enactments. The top ten strategies include: using local tribal factions to capture or kill him, missile strikes, stealth aircraft attacks, CIA hired assassins, invasions, cave busting bombs, Special Forces commandos, attack drones and blitzkrieg.
9/11: THE TOWERS AND THE PENTAGON
THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Friday 10 September, 9.30pm
Forensic engineers study the structural difference between the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and explain why the results were so different on September 11.
WITNESS TO 9/11: 102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA
CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Sunday 11 September, 7.30pm
A gripping minute by minute account of the time between the attack on the first of the Twin Towers to the collapse of the second, using recorded voicemails and raw network footage. This will be a lasting document whose unique material comes from a range of non-traditional sources, including amateur photography, video, and film; FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority and emergency dispatch radio recordings, photography and video; recorded voicemails; audio/video diaries; footage and stills broadcast or published outside the United States; electronic messages and surveillance camera footage.
GIULIANI: COMMANDING 9/11
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL – Saturday 11 September, 7.30pm
For the first time on TV, Mayor Rudy Giuliani relives the day when the city he was in charge of came under attack. September 11th 2001 was a day that changed the world. Informed over an 8am breakfast meeting, Giuliani had a choice: co-ordinate from afar or head downtown to the centre of the devastation. The decisions he would make in the next 12 hours would save lives. While the world watched in shock, he had to act: he went downtown. Surrounded by death, chaos and carnage, he displayed exemplary qualities of leadership. Championing the fighting spirit of New York, Mayor Giuliani directed rescue agencies, rallied his team and gave hope to millions. In a city on its knees, one man stood firm. Told in his own words, this is his story.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL – Saturday 11 September, 8.30pm
Revisit September 11 with a collection of powerful, immersive stories of people who were intricately associated with and impacted by the event: people in the highest echelons attempting to prevent and stop the attacks; ordinary people caught in the middle, like the window washer cleaning the windows of the 93rd floor of the World Trade Centre just moments before the attack; and people who still cannot shake how the events of that morning altered their worlds forever. Much of the 9/11 story is well-known: President George Bush in a schoolroom in Florida, hijackers sliding past airport security checkpoints in Boston, the brave NYC firefighters storming the World Trade Centre to save lives, and the chaos in Washington as the Pentagon lay smouldering and rumours abounded about which target would be next. But many incredible personal stories of those central to the unfolding events have yet to be heard, and those with surprising new perspectives on the day are only now ready to talk.
DISCOVERY SUNDAY – 9/11: AFTER THE TOWERS FELL
DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Sunday 12 September, 7.30pm
This special takes a definitive look at the aftermath of 9/11. First-hand accounts are given from rescue workers who navigated the treacherous terrain to reach survivors, soldiers who were deployed to the scene, family members who searched in vain for loved-ones, survivors who were pulled from the wreckage and people who visually documented the scene from various vantage points throughout.