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The History Channel celebrates 'Pirates' fever with special

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MUMBAI: With one of the biggest films of the year Pirates Of the Caribbean having opened in India, The History Channel takes a look at how real life pirates like Blackbeard, Calico Jack plundered ships and seaport towns offering retribution to those who offered resistance and seizing fortunes at will.

The special True Caribbean Pirates airs on 22 and 23 July at 10 pm.

The special features dramatic stories which separate real history from the notions that have been made popular in books and films. The special will have CGI animation, interviews with experts, archival imagery and artifacts. The special even looks at female pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Read who were more sensational than their male counterparts and just as dangerous.

The special allows viewers to understand the pirates' true motives and dispel myths of treasure maps and buried booty. The History Channel senior VP programming Joy Bhattacharya says, "The History Channel's endeavour has always been to put history in perspective in a manner that is engaging and entertaining. True Caribbean Pirates has the same appeal as that of a thriller movie probably even more so because it is based on real life events.

"We believe that our audiences will be highly interested in finding out the pirates' unique reality which was motivated by a true desire to be free and live their way."

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