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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.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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