Animal Planet to explore “Life After: Chernobyl”

The Discovery Communications-owned channel is scheduled to air the blue-chip special Life After: Chernobyl (pictured) on the 30th anniversary of the nuclear power plant disaster.
April 20, 2016

Discovery Communications-owned channel Animal Planet is scheduled to air the blue-chip special Life After: Chernobyl (pictured) on the 30th anniversary of the nuclear power plant disaster.

Produced by UK-based STV Productions, the previously announced film will follow biologist Rob Nelson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota as they’re given unlimited access into the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Risking radiation exposure, the pair of scientists will investigate how the environment and wildlife have been affected after 30 years in one of the most contaminated locales on Earth.

The special will also mark the introduction of the network’s ‘Animal Planet Presents’ strand, which is expected to feature new blue-chip documentary and documentary film content. The event will feature programming from leading filmmakers set to explore a variety of subject matter focused on the animal kingdom.

In January, Animal Planet acquired Brian Golden Davis’ documentary The Million Dollar Duck, which picked up the Audience and Jury awards for Documentary Feature at the 22nd annual Slamdance Film Festival.

Life After: Chernobyl is exec produced by STV’s Anne Laking, alongside Animal Planet’s Erin Wanner. The broadcaster’s Krishna San Nicolas serves as producer on the film. Chiara Bellati serves as the doc’s director and producer.

Life After: Chernobyl will premiere on April 26 at 10 p.m. EST/PST across Animal Planet.

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