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Watergate is a documentary series co-produced by the BBC and Discovery, broadcast in 1994. It was based on the book Watergate: The Corruption and Fall of Richard Nixon, by Fred Emery. The British version was broadcast on BBC2 from 8 May to 5 June 1994, and narrated by Fred Emery. It was broadcast as five episodes of 50 minutes each.[1] In the United States, the series premiered on August 7, 1994 and was narrated by Daniel Schorr[2] in three parts, with two episodes shown back to back for the first two parts.

Based onWatergate: The Corruption and Fall of Richard Nixon by Fred Emery
Directed byMick Gold
Narrated byFred Emery
Composer(s)Tim Souster
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5
Producer(s)Norma Percy
Paul Mitchell
Production company(s)Brian Lapping Productions for BBC
Original networkBBC2 (UK)
Discovery (USA)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 May (1994-05-08) –
5 June 1994 (1994-06-05)

Episode list (Britain):
1. Break-in (8 May 1994)
2. Cover-up (15 May 1994)
3. Scapegoat (22 May 1994)
4. Massacre (29 May 1994)
5. Impeachment (5 June 1994)

Episode list (USA):
1. A Third Rate Burglary (7 August 1994)
2. The Conspiracy Crumbles (14 August 1994)
3. The Fall of a President (21 August 1994)

Reviewing the series, Jeff Silverman wrote in Variety: "Twenty years after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace, this stunningly conceived and realized documentary miniseries brilliantly chronicles the events — and their inevitability — that led to the national nightmare Watergate. Funny, tragic, pathetic and probing, docu dramatically stares down Watergate’s smoking gun and makes its ultimate conclusion perfectly clear: Nixon’s the one. Still. Now more than ever."[3]

The series was directed by Mick Gold, and produced by Paul Mitchell and Norma Percy.


Watergate won a 1995 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming.[4]


  1. ^ Schmidt, William E. (19 May 1994). "Resurrecting an American Tragedy, BBC Series Lays Watergate Bare". The New York Times. NYC: The New York Times Company. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  2. ^ Bunce, Alan (29 July 1994). "Discovery, BBC Take A Look at Watergate". The Christian Science Monitor. Boston: Christian Science Publishing Society. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  3. ^ Silverman, Jeff (July 31, 1994). "Review: Watergate". Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Awards for Watergate on IMDb

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