New UK indie prodco Whitworth Media’s first commission is set to hit the primetime airwaves. It’s behind a new series of Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys that’s set to premiere on Channel 5 on Monday, Oct. 31.
The 4 x 60-minute series will follow Tarrant (pictured) as he sets off on a series of tough railway journeys through some of the world’s most extreme environments. This time, his destinations include the frozen Interior of Alaska, Argentine Patagonia, Southern Africa and the Caucasus (Georgia and Azerbaijan).
Channel 5 also commissioned Whitworth to produce a Christmas special for the series that will see Tarrant, the one-time host of ITV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, cross Scandinavia by rail to tell stories of war and iron ore, and pop in to see Santa Claus in Lapland.
The series is produced by producer-directors Jeff Morgan and Neil Ferguson, along with producers Jennifer Perelli, Ailsa Fereday and Valeria Appel, with Hugh Whitworth serving as executive producer. Sean Doyle is commissioning editor.
A book to accompany the series is being published on Nov. 3.
Whitworth Media was established in January by Hugh Whitworth , who is the former managing director of The Gamma Project. It specializes in male-skewed factual entertainment and docs and currently has further orders for a new access series for 2017 and a single doc for National Geographic. Whitworth Media was one of the 15 companies selected for the inaugural Indielab accelerator program earlier in 2016 and is now in talks with private equity investors.