Unscripted

The Irwin family returns to Animal Planet in new wildlife series

The Irwin family is heading back to Discovery-owned Animal Planet for a new unscripted series set at the family-owned Australia Zoo in Queensland. Crikey! It’s the Irwins follows mother Terri Irwin ...
September 13, 2018

The Irwin family is heading back to Discovery-owned Animal Planet for a new unscripted series set at the family-owned Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins follows mother Terri Irwin (pictured, left) and her children with the late Steve Irwin, Bindi (center) and Robert Irwin (right), as they look after the more than 1,200 animals at the zoo; oversee a wildlife hospital, the largest of its kind in the world; and go on wildlife expeditions around the world.

The family first appeared on Animal Planet via The Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin, who co-hosted with Terri and executive produced the series until he was attacked and killed by a stingray in 2006 while filming the feature doc Ocean’s Deadliest.

Steve Irwin’s legacy lives on in Crikey! It’s the Irwins, as son Robert learns to wrangle a crocodile, caught by Steve, with the help of Steve’s best friend Wes in the season premiere.

The season includes the transportation of a giraffe over 1,200 miles to be part of a breeding program as part of the zoo’s conservation efforts, and the release of rescued and recuperated wildlife back into the wild.

The series is produced for Animal Planet by Eureka, with Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening and Rod Parker serving as executive producers. Erin Wanner is executive producing for Animal Planet, and Sarah Russell serves as producer.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins will premiere Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet, airing on the channel globally.

(Photo courtesy of Animal Planet)

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