Channel 5, BBCWW forecast “Weather Terror”

UK broadcaster Channel 5 and BBC Worldwide have joined forces for the six-part series Weather Terror: Brits in Peril (pictured), which also marks the first original commission for the latter's network of BBC Earth channels.
July 20, 2015

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has lined up a July air date for the six-part series Weather Terror: Brits in Peril (pictured), which is to examine vacationers caught in global natural disasters.

The 6 x 60-minute series – a co-commission with BBC Worldwide – uses a combination of personal video footage and scientific data to outline how holiday-goers managed to survive some of the world’s most powerful and deadly natural disasters of the last decade.

The original series marks the first commission since BBC Worldwide – led by Tracy Forsyth, VP of commissioning - overhauled its commissioning strategy to focus on content with global appeal. Weather Terror is also the first original commission for the company’s newly launched network of BBC Earth channels, which are now broadcast in Poland, the Nordics, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey. Further global rollouts are planned for this year.

Produced by the Endemol Shine Group-owned Darlow Smithson Productions, the series recounts the stories of vacationing Brits who found themselves in the midst of 2013′s Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones to hit the Philippines, claiming 6,340 lives. As well, the series will illustrate one family’s struggle for survival when a camping trip to southern France in 2014 turned deadly after torrential flooding swept away their camp.

While Channel 5 is the exclusive UK distributor, BBC Worldwide has secured international distribution rights outside of the UK and Ireland.

Weather Terror – internationally titled Extreme Weather: The Survivors – is series produced by Erika Dodd and exec produced by Emily Dalton of Darlow Smithson Productions, while Kirsty Hanson serves as executive producer for BBC Earth.

The series will debut on July 24 at 8 p.m. GMT on Channel 5.

This series is a great example of the compelling, fast-paced television that we’re looking for in new commissions for BBC Earth – visceral adventure, exceptional characters and importantly a strong global appeal,” said Julie Swanston, VP of original commissioning for BBC Earth, in a statement.

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