Scotland-based indie Maramedia explores the region’s northernmost locale, the Shetland Islands, in its film Wild Shetland – Scotland’s Viking Frontier, airing Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. on BBC2.
Narrated by Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, the documentary takes viewers 100 miles north of mainland Great Britain to the archipelago’s 1,600 miles of rugged coast.
Director Jackie Savery, co-founder of Maramedia, and her team spent two years producing the film, working with 20-hours of winter darkness and battling Atlantic and North Sea storms across the Shetland Islands.
“The challenges were worth it, though,” she said in a statement. “TV viewers may think they already have a sense of what Shetland is like from the BBC crime series of the same name but that only hints at its stunning beauty and overlooks the real life daily dramas for Shetland’s fascinating array of wild creatures.”
Captured footage includes: an orca pod hunting down a harbor seal; sequences of the world’s smallest bird, the storm petrel; a mother otter defending her cub from attack by a marauding male; and underwater close ups of scores of sharp-beaked gannets plummeting into the sea (pictured).
Wild Shetland – Scotland’s Viking Frontier is directed by Savery and executive produced by Marmedia creative director Nigel Pope.
Watch a clip of Wild Shetlands below: