Renewed and Returning: “Britain’s Busiest Airport”, “Catfish”

In this week’s roundup, ITV, MTV, DIY and Nat Geo WILD all have shows ready to return the airwaves. ITV has commissioned TV production company Raw to produce a third season of ...
February 10, 2017

In this week’s roundup, ITV, MTV, DIY and Nat Geo WILD all have shows ready to return the airwaves.

ITV has commissioned TV production company Raw to produce a third season of the docuseries Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport

The (3 x 60) series returns to follow some of the over 76,000 airport staff — from air traffic controllers, to staff working in the airport’s underground sewerage system — as they work together to process 200,000 passengers safely each day, all while keeping the airport running smoothly

The executive producer for Raw is Tom Barry and the series producer is Paul Durgan. The series was commissioned by Satmohan Panesar.

The commission is Raw’s latest factual documentary project in the UK following Conviction: Murder at the Station for BBC 2, Extraordinary Weddings for ITV and One Punch for Channel 4.

MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show returns for its sixth season with hosts Nev Shulman and Max Joseph. The show brings together couples who think they have developed romantic relationships online and the hosts work to uncover the truth behind the cyber relationships and whether the person on the other end of the computer is who he or she purports to be.

For the first time on the show, a special investigative episode of a celebrity catfish case will air, featuring former NBA player Chris “Birdman” Anderson. The athlete was the victim of a widely publicized internet catfish scheme three years ago. His case will be reopened, and the episode will examine new clues and undiscovered events, and feature interviews with new witnesses.

Catfish: The TV Show returns Wed., March 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

The DIY Network brings back Building Alaska for a new season with Nick Blanco, Ben Crew and Brannon Richart as they set out with their teams to construct unique lodges in the stunning Alaskan landscape in challenging terrain and hazardous conditions.

The eight-episode season of Building Alaska premieres Sunday, Feb.26 at 9 and 10 p.m. ET/PT on the DIY Network.  

Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week returns for a seventh season, turning the lens onto the animals to show their struggles and global importance, as populations of cheetahs, lions, leopards and cougars face population declines.

Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative — a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop the decline of big cats in the wild. This global initiative supports on-the-ground research and conservation projects to protect the world’s top felines.

Big Cat Week premieres Monday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.