History Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:30

LONDON 27TH JULY 2021: A+E Networks® UK has commissioned the treasure-hunting sequel to Lost Relics of the Knights Templar (TX April 2020) from Fired Up Films and Krempelwood.

Lost Relics of the Knights Templar rated more than 300% above primetime average, making it the best performing UK commission on Sky HISTORY since Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate the English in 2018.

The new series – Lost Relic Hunters – will broadcast on Sky HISTORY in September 2021 and will once again follow the work of one of the world’s most prolific collectors of antiquities, Hamilton White, and his long-time friend and business partner, Carl Cookson.

The intrepid duo are back on the trail of some truly astonishing relics and historical pieces, which, if authenticated, will potentially change our understanding of some of the most iconic periods of British and European history.

Aided in their adventures by cultural and art historian Dr Janina Ramirez, Lost Relic Hunters sees Carl and Hamilton journey to breath-taking locations around the world including Venice, Istanbul, Barcelona, Jerusalem and the Pyrenees, in their quest to authenticate the rare and precious antiquities from Hamilton’s collection.

The items include a priceless collection of Celtic gold and stone carvings, which promise to shed new light on their beliefs and forms of worship; a sword and helmet believed to have been used by warrior knights in the First Crusade from 1096 CE; and a beautiful and mysterious white marble chalice believed to have been one of the most coveted possessions of the Knights Templar; as well as some extremely rare items decorated with the Jerusalem cross believed to have been in the possession of Christian pilgrims on the road to the shrine of St James in northern Spain. 

Dr Janina Ramirez said: “These objects speak to us across the centuries and tell us stories. I'm delighted to help listen to them, learn from them and take you on this journey back through time with us. I'm very excited to be joining Carl and Hamilton on their quests to uncover the origins of these remarkable antiquities”.

The series is commissioned and executive produced by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks UK, with Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent at A+E Networks UK.

Dan Korn commented: “We’re delighted to be working once again with Carl and Hamilton on a fascinating and priceless collection of antiquities which, if authenticated, could change history. We’re also excited to be welcoming Dr Janina Ramirez to Sky History, whose expertise and energy adds a new dimension to Carl and Hamilton’s continuing adventures”.  

For Fired Up Films, Dominic Ozanne is series producer, with Jon-Barrie Waddell as executive producer. For eOne Tara Long is executive producer. Mark Wood and Blair Krempel are executive producers from Krempelwood.

Jon-Barrie Waddell from Fired Up Films added: “We are thrilled to be working with Krempelwood, Dan and Diana at A+E Networks UK and Sky HISTORY once more on this fascinating series. ‘Lost Relics of the Knights Templar’ introduced Hamilton and Carl to new audiences and we cannot wait to see the extraordinary people, places and objects that they uncover this time around”.

SKY HISTORY is available on Sky 123, Virgin Media 270 and NOW.

Lost Relic Hunters series 2 will premiere on Sky HISTORY on 6th September, the HISTORY® Channel in The Netherlands and Belgium from 16th September and in the Nordics from 21st September.

The series is being distributed by eOne.



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Editor’s Notes



Sky HISTORY is the flagship brand of the A+E Networks UK portfolio which is made up of true crime channel Crime + Investigation; Sky HISTORY2 and free to air channel BLAZE. Sky HISTORY is available in the UK on Sky, Virgin Media and on Sky’s streaming service NOW. www.SkyHISTORY.co.uk


About A+E Networks UK

A+E Networks® UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a leading media network reaching 58 million homes across 100 countries. With our global portfolio of popular, high-performing and creative brands - HISTORY®, Crime+Investigation®, HISTORY2® and UK free to air BLAZE® - we have entertained and inspired audiences for over 20 years; telling the stories that need to be told. Our award-winning factual and entertainment content includes global hit franchises like Forged in Fire and Born this Way, must-see dramas Knightfall and Vikings as well as original local commissions including: Al Murray’s Why Does Everyone Hate the English and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly (UK), Married at First Sight (Africa) and The Hunt for Baltic Gold (Poland). We complement our programming with innovative talent-led exclusive digital content and top-rated podcasts. We currently partner with over 360 operators broadcasting throughout the Nordics, Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We have offices in London, Warsaw, and Johannesburg. www.aenetworks.tv


About Fired Up Films

Based in Holywood, Northern Ireland and London, Fired Up Films is the partnership of esteemed UK industry veterans Jon-Barrie Waddell and Simon Howley. The scripted and unscripted television production company focuses on blue chip series and documentaries, factual entertainment formats, feature docs and elevated drama projects. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Waddell and Howley have produced global content across a range of genres with new commissions for broadcasters including Netflix, BBC and History US. 


About Krempelwood

Krempelwood, founded by Blair Krempel and Mark Wood, launched their programme finance model in 2015 and since then have fully funded and co-produced over 40 TV series in the UK for a wide range of commercial broadcasters and production companies. Krempelwood has funded shows in just about every genre and is now growing its business internationally through financing shows for non-UK broadcasters.