National Geographic’s Genius series has brought some of the most significant individuals in history to our screens, introducing them to younger generations while revealing new facts to even the biggest superfans.
The first season, for example, delves into the life world-renowned Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein, giving audiences a look at the man who not only revolutionised physics, but also lived a very eventful personal life during calamitous times - including two world wars. The show earned 10 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Geoffrey Rush who portrayed Einstein.
In the second season, it’s the life of Pablo Picasso that is chronicled in two periods: the first as a young man first discovering his talent, the second as a celebrated artist struggling with the rise of fascism and the price of fame. Starring Antonio Banderas, the series earned seven Emmy nominations - winning two - as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Banderes.
Now, National Geographic is doing it again - this time bringing to our screens the first-ever, definitive and only authorised scripted limited series on the life of the iconic Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The eight-part series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she had on music and culture around the world.
Genius: ARETHA will premiere on National Geographic (ch. 181) later this year and will be broadcast in 172 countries.