UK pubcaster BBC1 is to air a one-off documentary about the life of a penguin chick next year.
Made by John Downer Productions, Snow Chick (1 x 60 minutes, pictured) will tell the story of an emperor penguin chick from birth to adolescence. The bird must endure Antarctic blizzards, minus 60 degrees Celsius temperatures, 50-mile walks across ice to catch food, and encounters with unfriendly Adélie penguins.
“It is a tale full of drama and pathos as well as comedy and character – emotionally uplifting and intensely moving in equal parts and one that I am sure viewers will love,” said Tom McDonald, BBC acting head of commissioning for science and natural history, in a statement.
John Downer Productions previously made the doc Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, for the BBC. John Downer is exec producing and the doc was commissioned by McDonald and BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore.