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History have commissioned a five-part TV series of Evil Genius With Russell Kane, based on the hit BBC Sounds podcast. The television series will be produced by A+E Networks EMEA and BBC Studios.

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Each episode sees comedian Russell Kane joined by celebrity guests, expert witnesses and historians to interrogate the reputation of a famous face from history in order to determine whether they’re sinned against or a sinner.

Guests on the series, due to air later this year, include Judi Love, Tom Allen, Maisie Adam, Jon Richardson, Desiree Burch, Miles Jupp, Alex Brooker, Kerry Godliman and Charlie Higson.

Kane and guests will be delving into the archives and speaking to historical experts to bring to life his unique style of performative television. Weighing up the deeds of each figure and presenting a series of truth bombs that will cause you to question everything you thought you knew.

Kane and his panel of celebrity guests will then offer their opinions as to what they think is evil and what qualifies as a genius.

During the series, Kane will examine the lives of Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel, Pablo Escobar, Richard Nixon, and Albert Einstein. Russell Kane said: “I’ve never been so excited to take people I admire, then cover them in dirty truths.”

Mel Balac, Creative Director, Entertainment, BBC Studios Productions, said: “BBC Studios Entertainment is thrilled to be producing our first commission for Sky History. Russell will be serving up some controversial truth bombs. It’s going to be historical and hysterical in equal measure.”

Dan Korn, Vice President of Programming at A+E Networks EMEA, said: ‘’Russell’s clever and eclectic take on History is one of a kind. I’m delighted to be bringing it to life for TV audiences on Sky History alongside BBC Studios. The series is set to be educational, daring, funny, and surprising, and will involve viewers in history in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

Evil Genius with Russell Kane is coming soon to Sky History.


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