ITV orders Shiver’s “Animal Births,” “O’Grady”

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a 6 x 30-minute docuseries on newborn animals and recommissioned such shows as Countrywise and Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs (pictured) from ITV Studios-owned prodco Shiver.
May 27, 2015

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a 6 x 30-minute docuseries on newborn animals and recommissioned such shows as Countrywise and Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs (pictured) from ITV Studios-owned Shiver.

Kicking off the commissions is the docuseries Animal Births, which is to capture a number of first moments in the animal kingdom. The program will follow animal behaviorist Lucy Cooke as she aids various animals through labor, birth and the vital first weeks of motherhood.

Commissioned by ITV’s director of factual Richard Klein and commissioning editor Andrew O’Connell, Animal Births will be produced by Ruth Gray and directed by Simon Paintin.

Elsewhere, ITV has also signed on for two hour-long specials based on the series Countrywise, which has been recommissioned for a seventh season.

While Countrywise: Britain’s Wildest Places will follow Paul Heiney, Liz Bonnin and Ben Fogle into Britain’s hidden country higlights, Countrywise Winter Special will find the trio of presenters taking to the British countryside in the winter months to share a different perspective of the UK.

Meanwhile, rounding out the recommissions is Gino’s Italian Escape: Islands in the Sun (6 x 30-minutes), which has been renewed for a third series, as well as the fourth season of Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs (8 x 30-minutes) and the third season of Paul O’Grady’s Animal Orphans (2 x 60-minutes).

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