STV co-production delivers documentary on naval tragedy

A DOCUMENTARY about the sinking of a Royal Navy ship off Orkney duuring the Second World War is being screened by STV next week, courtesy of a co-production with The History Channel.

The Sinking of the Royal Oak marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Royal Oak, by a German U-boat, when it was anchored in Scapa Flow in Orkney.

Narrated by Taggart star, Alex Norton, the documentary will broadcast on STV on Tuesday at 9pm and the next day at 8pm on The History Channel, which is available on cable.

Says Alan Clements, director of Content at STV: “As a public service broadcaster, STV is delighted to present this insightful documentary on such a significant event in Scotland’s history, and to give it such a prominent position within our schedule.

“The Sinking of the Royal Oak is an outstanding piece of work, and alongside our other high profile home-grown productions, serves to highlight the increasing diversity of our schedule.

“We’re also thrilled to be working with The History Channel on this one-off documentary.  This has been a hugely collaborative process and by entering into a co-production arrangement, we can both present an outstanding documentary for viewers, and we very much hope to work with History Channel on future joint projects.”