'The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton' Drama to Air on History

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Former US President Bill Clinton speaks during a symposium to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Perestroika" at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce October 21, 2005 in Washington, DC.

The History Channel says it has ordered a six-part political thriller called The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton.

The adaptation of Peter Baker's best-selling book was announced this week by Eli Lehrer, executive vice president of programming for History.

The miniseries is being executive produced and directed by R.J. Cutler.

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Production is to resume this fall in Ireland, Eli Lehrer, the channel's executive vice president of programming, announced Tuesday.

"Featuring an array of well-known modern political figures, The Breach will bring audiences behind the scenes of an event that changed Washington forever -- the first impeachment of an elected president in American history," Lehrer said in a statement. "This drama builds upon our core scripted programming slate of compelling, contemporary storytelling that embraces our recent history and we are confident R.J. will bring a unique vision to President Clinton's gripping story."

"Set at the dawn of the cable news wars and the social media revolution, The Breach is a remarkable political story," added Cutler. "It's the origin tale of how our government was broken and has never really healed. It's also a thrilling tale of personal and professional ambition, of enormous hubris in the name of acquiring power, and of personal foibles, all of which nearly brought down a presidency."

Casting is currently underway.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.