Singapore – National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has announced three new co-productions aimed at unravelling prevailing mysteries of the past.

Partnering with Sky Vision, NGCI is co-producing the three-part special Jesus: Rise to Power, set to air in the U.S. and internationally in late-March 2013. NGCI has also announced the co-production of Bones of The Buddha (1 x 60’) from Icon Films, and Ultimate Tutankhamun (1 x 120’) from Blink Films – both of which will premiere internationally on National Geographic Channel in early summer.

“These three new specials – each uniquely geared at offering a comprehensive look at some of the ancient world’s most enduring stories – bolster NGCI’s programming schedule with the exact touchstone programming that fascinates our viewers,” said Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for NGCI.

In Jesus: Rise to Power, NGCI charts the remarkable rise of Christianity against a backdrop of political instability, power struggles and a relentless string of persecutions. The three-part special follows Roman history expert Dr. Michael Scott through the deserts and the cities of the ancient world to reveal the epic events that formed the backbone of Christianity.