ITV soars into Peacock UK’s “Don’t Look Down”

ITV has ordered the abseiling doc Don't Look Down: Rope Men (pictured) from the NBC News-owned Peacock Productions UK.
October 1, 2015

ITV has ordered abseiling doc Don’t Look Down: Rope Men (pictured) from NBC News-owned Peacock Productions UK.

The 1 x 60-minute special follows industrial abseilers over a three-month period as they scale London’s Tower Bridge and Alexandra Palace, as well as an 800-foot-high skyscraper in 118-degree Celsius heat in Dubai.

Peacock UK – a part of Peacock Productions – was provided access to the abseiling world via Essex’s Avalon Abseiling.

Blake McGrow serves as producer, with Dean Palmer and Steve Anderson working as exec producers. The special was commissioned by Andrew O’Connell, commissioning editor of ITV factual, and Richard Klein, director of factual.

“We fitted the abseilers with personal cameras and used drones and helicopters to fully capture the drama of their work,” said Anderson, MD of Peacock UK, in a statement.

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