Pioneer Productions collaborated with the renowned World Gold Council, and global superstar Idris Elba, to investigate the transformative power of gold and how it impacts different cultures, economies, and societies in the 21st century.
Gold is essential to human existence, embedded in our history and politics, in our art and culture, in our healthcare and communications systems, and in so much more.
In this documentary, Golden Globe award-winning English actor, director, musician, and producer, Idris Elba, takes audiences on a global journey – from Ghana to South Africa, Canada to London – to examine our love affair with that unique and most precious of all metals, Gold.
Pioneer Productions is one of the UK's most successful specialist factual producers with a reputation for producing innovative, high quality, popular programmes for both UK and US broadcasters. The company prides itself on an industry-leading expertise in science and history, and a passion for telling factual stories in new and engaging ways.
Pioneer is prolific across a broad range of programme genres including history, science, drama-docs, engineering and adventure. The company has produced over 700 hours of programming, sold in over 60 countries worldwide. Clients include Discovery Channel, PBS, National Geographic Channel, History, ABC, TLC, Discovery Canada, and in the UK, Channel 4, Channel 5, the BBC, and ITV.
Pioneer Productions remains at the forefront of factual innovation and has won numerous awards for its output, capturing some of the most extreme weather on our planet in series such as Raging Planet, developing the use of special effects sequences to see inside human and animal bodies in In The Womb, creating pure CGI films such as Journey to the Edge of the Universe, and incorporating life-like CGI into drama-docs such as Cradle To Grave, The Unsinkable Titanic and Hindenburg. As well as continuing to push the boundaries with what’s possible in CGI, Pioneer is also developing unrivalled expertise in live and ‘as-live’ specialist factual with the Great American Eclipse (Science Channel), and the use of innovative technology in Channel 5 wildlife series Nocturnal Britain.
Other recent productions include long-running high-end science show How The Universe Works (Science Channel), as well as Secrets of the Royal Gardens (More4)