Discovery orders “Meet the Orangutans”

Produced by Blink Films, the eight-part wildlife program (pictured) will follow the lives of orphaned orangutans and air across Discovery Networks International's portfolio of global channels next year.
October 21, 2014

Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered the wildlife series Meet the Orangutans (pictured) from Blink Films.

The eight x 30-minutes series is set in the Sepilok orangutan sanctuary in Malaysia where orphaned apes are brought, rehabilitated and released back into the wild as young adults. It will be narrated by British actor Liza Tarbuck.

Each episode will profile two or three orangutans and feature interviews with the sanctuary’s staffers who are led by Sue Sheward, founder and chairperson of Orangutan Appeal UK.

Discovery is hoping Meet the Orangutans will build on the viral success of Meet the Sloths, which was shot in the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica and reached 24 million viewers globally, according to the cable giant.

The show will air on Animal Planet in the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2015 and roll out globally across Discovery Networks International’s channel brands.

Executive producers on the series are Andra Heritage for Blink Films and Catherine Ball for Discovery.

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