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Channel 4 orders “Eden,” “Last Leg” special

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered Keo Films' survival series Eden and Australian adventure special The Last Leg Goes Down Under (pictured) from Open Mike Productions and True North.
November 4, 2015

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the Australian adventure special The Last Leg Goes Down Under from London-based prodcos Open Mike Productions and True North.

The tentatively titled 2 x 60-minute special will shadow The Last Leg team of Josh Widdecombe, Alex Brooker and Adam Hills (pictured) as they embark on a journey through the wild and harsh terrain of the Australian Outback.

Led by Amar Latif, a blind Scottish travel agent, the trio will embrace a real-life Crocodile Dundee experience by “hunting crocodiles and feral pigs, while facing off with hard-faced biker gangs.”

Andrew Sheldon and Ben Wicks serve as executive producers, with Christian Hills series producing and Dominic Wells-Martin set to produce. Syeda Irtizaali commissioned the special for Channel 4.

Elsewhere, the British pubcaster has commissioned survival series Eden from London-based prodco Keo Films.

The tentatively titled series is set to follow more than 20 “highly skilled” individuals as they attempt to create a new life isolated from the outside world in the northern hemisphere. The group will be provided with the bare essentials to kick-start their journey, while relying on other natural resources to survive.

Personal cameras, fixed rigs and an embedded film crew will capture the group’s struggle to survive in an isolated region in the northern hemisphere over a one-year period. The community will be made up of fishermen, foragers, builders, botanists, engineers and entertainers.

The series, which is slated to broadcast in 2016, was commissioned for Channel 4 by Liam Humphreys, head of factual entertainment, and Ian Dunkley, factual entertainment commissioning editor.

Colleen Flynn serves as executive producer.

“Eden developed partly as a response to a growing malaise amongst the young with traditional political systems,” said Humphreys in a statement. “It offers a simple insight, what would the world look like if we started again? It promises to be a bold idea, not least because of the scale of the concept but also because as programme makers we have absolutely no idea what will happen.”

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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