UK commercial network Channel 5 is deepening its commitment to natural history programming with two wildlife series.
From Bristol-based Plimsoll productions, Wild Britain explores the outer reaches of Britain to find hidden wildlife from around the UK. Narrated by Downtown Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, the 8 x 60-minute series was filmed over one year and captures 100 different stories.
Technology featured in the series includes military grade and low light cameras, used specifically to reveal unique and rarely seen animal behaviors.
Other wildlife programs in Plimsoll’s portfolio include Earth Live (Nat Geo), Camp Zambia (Blue Ant/Smithsonian), Camp Sri Lanka (Blue Ant/Smithsonian), Land of the Wild (BBC Wales), and Big Cat Country (ITV).
Channel 5 has also commissioned the event special Nocturnal Britain from London-based indie Pioneer Productions.
The 3 x 60-minute series explores the secret nighttime lives of Britain’s animals. Fronted by three hosts, the series tracks the life of nocturnal wildlife over three nights.
With the use of low light camera technology, the series unveils what UK’s creatures get up through the night.
Nocturnal Britain was commissioned by Ben Frow and Lucy Willis, commissioning editor, Channel 5. It is executive produced by Thomas Viner and Helen Williamson for Pioneer Productions. The series producer is Adrian Cale.