UK net BBC2 has commissioned London-based prodco Spun Gold TV to produce Swimming with Crocodiles, marking a move into wildlife programming for the company known for celebrity access documentaries and factual entertainment series.
The two-part, one-hour series follows adventurer and WWF patron Ben Fogle (pictured above) as he travels across the globe learning about and diving with crocodiles. Viewers will see Fogle journeying to Botswana and joining two wildlife experts to study the deadly animals underwater, before heading to Australia to dive with Saltwater crocodiles, the largest reptiles on Earth.
Spun Gold TV MD Nick Bullen said: “Swimming with Crocodiles marks an exciting step for Spun Gold as we look to expand our wildlife programming portfolio. Gillian Wilson, who has headed up the production team on this series, joined us earlier this year as part of the company’s continued development and growth in new genres. The series is a high-octane, exhilarating watch that truly captures the crocodile’s underwater world.”
Tom Edwards, commissioning executive producer for BBC2, added: “It still seems impossible to believe that Ben and the team dive with these terrifying animals. But in doing so, they take us into a truly remarkable underwater world, and reveal an unknown side to these majestic beasts.
Swimming with Crocodiles is directed by Helen Simpson and Clare Dornan, produced by Ingrid Kvale, senior produced by Ted Oakes and executive produced by Gillian Wilson for Spun Gold TV. BBC Worldwide is handling the worldwide TV distribution.