Tom Hardy to host ITV wildlife series

The Dark Knight Rises actor will star in and executive produce Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy (pictured), a two-part documentary that explores the ramifications of wildlife poaching in Africa.
June 5, 2013

Actor Tom Hardy will present a two-part documentary on wildlife poaching in Africa for UK broadcaster ITV.

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy (two x 60-minutes, working title, pictured) is a coproduction between Burning Bright Productions and the Dark Knight Rises star’s company Hardy, Son & Baker.

Hardy, who came up with the idea for the doc series, traveled across the African continent for the project to examine the issue from all sides. He also serves as executive producer.

According to ITV, he traveled to South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania to find out why poaching of animals such as elephants and rhinos has reached crisis levels, and spoke with farmers who have lost livestock to poachers, as well as key figures in anti-poaching organizations and governments working on the ground in Africa.

“The story of the impact of wildlife poaching in Africa is one that is important to tell now more than ever,” ITV’s controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis said in a statement. “Tom Hardy’s palpable concern and commitment to shedding light on what is happening and what the answers might be allow him to bring this reality home in a way that we believe will resonate powerfully with our audience.”

“Tom’s goal is to bring the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife in Africa to the attention of the masses,” Dean Baker, executive producer for Hardy, Son and Baker, added. “This documentary is the first step of that process. We both hope it finds an engaged, empathetic audience who can be motivated to action.”

Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy was commissioned by ITV’s factual team. It is being directed and produced by Ewen Thompson and executive produced by Hardy, Baker and Clive Tulloh.

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