Unscripted

Smithsonian Channel readies “Flying High with Phil Keoghan”

The Amazing Race host and New Zealand native Phil Keoghan is prepping to take viewers on a journey through New Zealand in Smithsonian Channel’s new special, Flying High with Phil Keoghan. Throughout the special, ...
July 12, 2017

The Amazing Race host and New Zealand native Phil Keoghan is prepping to take viewers on a journey through New Zealand in Smithsonian Channel’s new special, Flying High with Phil Keoghan.

Throughout the special, Keoghan meets with some of New Zealand’s iconic and global celebrities in the new program, produced by No Opportunity Wasted.

Keoghan (pictured, right) meets with famous faces such as Academy Award-winning director and World War I aircraft enthusiast Peter Jackson and the world’s fastest female rally driver, Emma Gilmour. He also touches base with inventors, entrepreneurs, comedians and his father, a plant scientist. Keoghan even shares a glass of red wine with Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill.

“It’s the people that give places their own personality, and that was the foundation for creating this special,” Keoghan said, in a statement. “Beyond the stunning landscape, I wanted to share the stories of the passionate people of New Zealand – the unique characters who epitomize what the country is really made of.”

Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Flying High with Phil Keoghan premieres Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

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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