British TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle will host a 5 x 50-minute adventure series for BBC Worldwide Channels, premiering in January of 2012.
Year of Adventures will document Fogle’s travels through the U.S., Australia and Europe and the adventures contained therein, such as kayaking with orcas in British Columbia and coursing down the slopes of a Nicaraguan volcano.
The series is based on the Lonely Planet book of the same name and is produced by BBC Bristol, with its exec producer for factual, Robi Dutta, and Sue Norton, head of Lonely Planet Television, as executive producers. It will air on international feeds of BBC Knowledge, BBC HD, and BBC Entertainment.
Year of Adventures is part of a commissioning slate from BBC Worldwide Channels that has grown from 34 hours in 2010 to 112 hours of content for 2011. It joins another previously announced non-fiction commission, Come Dine with Me South Africa, premiering on BBC Entertainment in October.
“The numerous new commissions announced in recent weeks underline the fact that BBC Worldwide Channels now has the scale and ambition to get solidly into original production,” said David Weiland, senior VP programming and TV channels for BBC Worldwide. “This is only the start and we have lots of other ideas in development and hope to announce more throughout 2011.”