Monday, October 23, 2006

History Presents "Desperate Crossing"

The story of the 'Pilgrims' who sailed to America on the 'Mayflower' are the subject of a special, 3-hour History Channel documentary, "Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower", airing Sunday, November 19 at 8pm ET/PT.

The doc focuses on 'The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony', a band of educated rebels who believed their king’s religion violated the 'true' faith.

Condemned as traitors in England and forced into a life of poverty and exile in Holland, the group decided to risk all and take their chances in the wilds of America, exacerbated by a perilous sea voyage, disease and the harsh realities of surviving winter in a hostile land.

"Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower" paints a devastating picture of the lives of early immigrants, based on historical research and original source material, including William Bradford's first-hand account of 'Plymouth Plantation'.

Using actors from England's Royal Shakespeare Company, the film was shot on location in England, Belgium, Maryland and Virginia, with interviews from leading historians, scholars and members of the 'Wampanoag' native community.

"Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower" was produced/directed for The History Channel by Lisa Wolfinger.

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