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BBC4 commissions Rare TV’s “The River”

UK pubcaster BBC4 has ordered a new natural history doc from indie prodco Rare TV, recently formed by the merger of 360 Production and ScreenCut TV, the company’s first commission ...
May 10, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC4 has ordered a new natural history doc from indie prodco Rare TV, recently formed by the merger of 360 Production and ScreenCut TV, the company’s first commission under the new banner.

The River: A Year in the Life of The Tay sees award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald (pictured) telling the story of Scotland’s longest river, the Tay, over the course of a year, mixing natural history, travelogue and science reporting.

The film will be executive produced at Rare TV by creative director Rory Wheeler and Belinda Cherrington. It will be produced and directed by Nathan Budd. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Emeka Onono.

An air date has not yet been set.

“The coming together of Helen Macdonald and the Tay promises to deliver a truly spectacular documentary,” said Wheeler in a statement. “Helen’s passion for wild places is infectious. The River has it all, from natural wonders to human endeavors.”

(Photo courtesy of Rare TV)

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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