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Channel 5 slates mega resort special, Chris Packham-fronted nature doc

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is set to premiere a new documentary special about “mega resorts” next month from Brinkworth Productions. Secrets of the Mega Resort (1 x 90 minutes) takes ...
October 31, 2019

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is set to premiere a new documentary special about “mega resorts” next month from Brinkworth Productions.

Secrets of the Mega Resort (1 x 90 minutes) takes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most luxurious, five-star mega resorts in the Bahamas, a £3.4 billion (US$4.4 billion) fantasy land that can cater to 7,000 guests at once, has 40 restaurants and bars, 11 swimming pools, a 100,000 square-foot casino, its own squadron of trained sharks and flamingos, and hosts one million vacations per year.

The doc follows some of the 5,000 staff, giving viewers access to the resort’s unique uniform room, surprising technology, glamorous VIP rooms, and very own wildlife park, among other things.

Secrets of the Mega Resort was commissioned by Guy Davies, commissioning editor, factual, at Channel 5 and is distributed by Silverlining.

The special will air on Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. on Channel 5.

Elsewhere, Channel 5 has commissioned ITN Productions to produce a one-off program centered on planting trees in Britain.

100,000 Trees with Chris Packham (working title) follows British naturalist, wildlife photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham (pictured) as he seeks to raise enough money to plant 100,000 trees across Britain by asking viewers to donate online to The Woodland Trust. For every £1.50 (US$1.94) donated, one tree will be planted.

Packham will be joined by high-profile guest presenters including John Humphrys, Martin Hughes-Games, JB Gill and Clare Nasir, along with other celebrities taking part in the fight against climate change.

100,000 Trees with Chris Packham is produced by  ITN Productions in association with the Woodland Trust’s ‘Big Climate Fightback’ campaign and is set to air in November.

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