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Channel 5 to spend “A Year in the Forest” with ITN Productions

British free-to-air network Channel 5 has partnered with ITN Productions, the content creation division of ITN, to provide an in-depth look at the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England. A Year in ...
February 4, 2020

British free-to-air network Channel 5 has partnered with ITN Productions, the content creation division of ITN, to provide an in-depth look at the Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England.

A Year in the Forest (4 x 60 minutes) will work in tandem with Forestry England to take audiences deep into the country’s most vast and varied forest. Cameras will capture the wildlife that resides within Kielder – including red squirrels, roe deer, pipistrelle bats, otters and ospreys – as the woodland changes through the seasons.

The series will utilize innovative filming methods, from macro and time-lapse natural history techniques, to capture the forest’s wildlife from the canopy to the forest floor.

In addition, crews will document the foresters, ecologists and rangers tasked with caring for the forest’s landscape, which welcomes more than 430,000 visitors each year, boasts an astronomical observatory and produces one-third of Forestry England’s timber.

A Year in the Forest is executive produced by ITN Productions’ Will Smith and Andy Dunn. It was commissioned by Channel 5′s Guy Davies.

“The natural beauty of the largest working forest in England is sure to have viewers enthralled,” said ITN Productions’ Dunn in a statement. “That we can document our immersive access with the best and most innovative filming techniques will only serve to heighten the experience.”

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