Unscripted

ITV1 commissions “Harry’s Mountain Heroes”

UK broadcaster ITV1 has tapped London-based prodco Twofour to produce a doc (pictured) on a Mount Everest expedition launched by Prince Harry.
June 11, 2012

UK broadcaster ITV1 has tapped London-based prodco Twofour to produce a doc on a Mount Everest expedition launched by Prince Harry.

The 90-minute special Harry’s Mountain Heroes (working title, pictured above) follows a five-person team of wounded servicemen as they endure altitude, extreme climate and the hard work of climbing Mount Everest.

The doc also covers Prince Harry’s role as patron of Walking With The Wounded, the organizing charity¬†behind the expedition. He also joined the team in the days ahead of their departure for Nepal.

Harry’s Mountain Heroes is executive produced by Bridget Sneyd and Melanie Leach, and produced and directed by Alexis Girardet.

Speaking at the launch of the Everest expedition, Prince Harry said: “To give yourself a challenge of such a magnitude as climbing Everest is remarkable, and what these guys are proving is no matter what your injury, no matter whether you’re military or civilian, you can overcome all sorts of illness, mental or physical. The importance to me of these guys and what they’re doing and the fact that I’m able to support them by being their patron is huge; it’s an opportunity that I could never turn down.”

“The innate drama and emotion of this journey, along with the very personal involvement of Prince Harry, creates a moving and very real story of triumph over adversity, offering compelling viewing for our audience on ITV1,” said Diana Howie, factual commissioning editor for ITV, who commissioned the special.

Twofour produced the two-part special¬†Harry’s Arctic Heroes for BBC1 last year. The special was a nominee in this year’s Factual Entertainment Awards, held late last month in Santa Monica.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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