National Geographic Premieres In Their Own Words Featuring Ripped-from-the-Headlines Events

From Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker Tom Jennings, In
Their Own Words
Shares Intimate, First-Person Accounts Using
Never-Before-Broadcast Audio and Video Recordings, Archival Images And
Cinematic Re-creations

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Sunday, February 17:
– Narco Wars: In Their Own Words

9/8c – Bernie Madoff: In
His Own Words

10/9c – Deepwater Horizon: In Their Own Words

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On February 17, from 8-11 PM ET, National Geographic premieres its
three-part series In Their Own Words from Emmy and Peabody- Award
winner Tom Jennings (“Diana: In Her Own Words,” “Challenger Disaster:
Lost Tapes”). The series recounts the inside stories of three true
headline-making stories that sent shockwaves across the world: the DEA
Agents who brought down Pablo Escobar’s Narco empire; Bernie Madoff’s
Ponzi scheme and the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig disaster.

A groundbreaking documentary series with a unique format, In Their
Own Words
recounts incredible headline-making stories that are told
moment by moment and in first person without using any narrators nor
talking heads. Combining never-before-broadcast audio and video
recordings with meticulously researched archival images and cinematic
recreations, the series allows viewers to experience these
incredible events as intimately as the people involved lived them.

“There’s no better way to tell a story than to hear it from the people
who lived it, and with In Their Own Words, we hear directly from
those involved, getting a detailed, moment-by-moment account of what
actually happened,” says executive producer Tom Jennings. “In Narco
DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena candidly speak about
how they brought down the world’s most notorious drug kingpin. The
surviving crew members of the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil-rig disaster
vividly recount what is was like to be at the center of a fiery hell on
Earth, and the infamous Wall Street pariah Bernie Madoff openly
discusses how he pulled off the financial crime of the century.”

Each hour of the three-night event features a captivating true story
that’s told with a completely fresh perspective:

Narco Wars: In Their Own Words
February 17, 8/7c
Wars: In Their Own Words
presents the inside story of how DEA agents
and the Colombian National Police brought down the most vicious drug
cartel in the world. This program combines never-before-broadcast
recordings with rare archival footage, photos and interpretive
re-enactments to tell the story of how Pablo Escobar’s massive
billion-dollar drug empire was taken out.

Bernie Madoff: In His Own Words
February 17, 9/8c
years after Bernie Madoff’s arrest, Bernie Madoff: In His Own Words presents
the story of the largest financial fraud in history as told by those who
were there: victims, employees, family members, FBI agents and Madoff
himself. This program pairs exclusive audio recordings, rare photographs
and a never-before-broadcast of Bernie Madoff’s deposition interview in
prison to tell the story of Madoff’s massive $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Deepwater Horizon: In Their Own Words
February 17,

Deepwater Horizon: In Their Own Words presents
the harrowing story of how a crew of workers escaped a massive oil-rig
explosion and inferno in the Gulf of Mexico. This program combines
never-before-broadcast recordings with rare archival footage and photos
to tell a gripping moment- by-moment story of survival against the odds.

In Their Own Words is produced by 1895 Films for National
Geographic. For 1895 Films, Tom Jennings is executive producer and
director. For National Geographic, Bernadette McDaid is executive
producer and commissioning editor.

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