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Channel 4 to “Work on the Wild Side” with Waddell Media

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Northern Ireland factual indie Waddell Media to produce the adventure series Work on the Wild Side (working title). The 20 x 60-minute observational series (pictured) will ...
July 8, 2019

British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Northern Ireland factual indie Waddell Media to produce the adventure series Work on the Wild Side (working title).

The 20 x 60-minute observational series (pictured) will trace UK veterinary technicians, vet nurses and long-term volunteers as they venture to South Africa to rescue, care for and help save the lives of endangered, wild animals.

“There will be lots of amazing animal stories, rehabilitation, visits to the vets, baby feeding frenzies, relocations by road, plane and helicopter, dehorning, new births and animal releases as well as visually capturing the color and vibrancy of South Africa,” said Jannine Waddell, managing director of Waddell Media, in a statement.

Waddell serves as executive producer for Waddell Media. Lee Salisbury is series producer for Waddell Media. It was commissioned by Channel 4′s head of daytime, David Sayer.

The series is in part supported by Northern Ireland Screen.

Work on the Wild Side is scheduled to premiere in Spring 2020 on Channel 4.

“The series promises to offer some fascinating insights into the working lives of the professionals and long-term volunteers involved in helping and protecting some of the world’s most endangered species,” added Channel 4′s Sayer.

Elsewhere, Waddell Media will also produce A Year on the Lakes for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC2. The four-part series will film in the lakelands of Fermanagh and follow a range of people who live and work there across four changing seasons. The production outfit is also producing a three-part obs-doc for BBC Northern Ireland set in the three campuses of Northern Ireland’s Agricultural College CAFRE.

About The Author
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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