BBC1 orders penguin doc “Snow Chick”

Due to air in 2015, the one-off doc Snow Chick (pictured) comes from the prodco behind Penguins: Spy In The Huddle and follows the life of an emperor penguin from birth to adolescence.
November 18, 2014

UK pubcaster BBC1 is to air a one-off documentary about the life of a penguin chick next year.

Made by John Downer Productions, Snow Chick (1 x 60 minutes, pictured) will tell the story of an emperor penguin chick from birth to adolescence. The bird must endure Antarctic blizzards, minus 60 degrees Celsius temperatures, 50-mile walks across ice to catch food, and encounters with unfriendly Adélie penguins.

“It is a tale full of drama and pathos as well as comedy and character – emotionally uplifting and intensely moving in equal parts and one that I am sure viewers will love,” said Tom McDonald, BBC acting head of commissioning for science and natural history, in a statement.

John Downer Productions previously made the doc Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, for the BBC. John Downer is exec producing and the doc was commissioned by McDonald and BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore.

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