France Télévisions and Hi-Fi Canada have commissioned Off the Fence Productions to produce a third series of Monkey Thieves.
The 13 x 30-minute series follows a 60-strong pack of Rhesus Macaques living in a Hindu temple in northwestern India. The new season will feature what will happen to the urban monkeys since they split into two groups.
The first two seasons have won awards at the 2010 International Wildlife Film Festival in France, and at the 2010 Wildscreen Festival in Bristol.
Laurent Flahault, commissioning editor, France Télévisions, said in a release, “This series allows us to convey solid information about macaque behaviour and about life in Jaipur, through entertaining and comic tales.”
Flahault goes on to add that the French version, Gang de Macaques, uses a young stand-up comedian to provide commentary. “[He] recasts the narrative in a modern street-wise style of language. The result is an original and lively series which brings in a younger audience.”