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ITV’s Climate Action Week programming led by documentary commissions

ITV has announced a Climate Action Week in November that features a range of non-fiction programming about the environment and sustainability. Highlighting the commissions slated for the climate-themed week is It ...
October 18, 2021

ITV has announced a Climate Action Week in November that features a range of non-fiction programming about the environment and sustainability.

Highlighting the commissions slated for the climate-themed week is It Takes a Flood, a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Whitney). The film, produced by Docsville, explores increasingly damaging floods that have hit the UK in recent years and features Ravi Singh, who runs an international disaster relief charity and helps traumatized flood victims.

“With more extreme weather coming our way as a result of climate change, we believe it’s vital to understand the impact of flooding here and now in the UK, at such a crucial juncture for the world,” Macdonald said in a news release.

Joanna Lumley and The Human Swan is another one-off special film for ITV’s Climate Action Week, produced by Wingspan Productions. The film follows adventurer Sacha Dench, also known as the ‘Human Swan,’ as she flies, using an environmentally-friendly electric paramotor, around mainland Britain, attempting to set a world record for electric flight and find climate change solutions.

ITV’s Climate Action Week will also feature Orkney – Britain’s Green Islands. Hosts Julia Bradbury and Alex Beresford travel to Orkney to see how these islands use weather to their advantage to power aspects of life on the islands. This includes a large wind turbine that can sell power to the grid, hydrogen-powered travel around the islands and a tidal turbine using wave energy. Orkney is also a Wingspan Production that’s filmed, produced and directed by Kim Lomax. Its executive producer is Archie Baron, with Priya Singh acting as ITV commissioning editor.

The week-long programming block will also include the final part of Save Money: My Beautiful Green Home, British soaps and dramas such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale highlighting climate change and other environmental issues, sustainable recipes on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, sustainable gardening on Love Your Weekend, climate action themes on ITV’s live daytime shows, green-themed questions on ITV’s quiz show The Chase, and stories from ITV News examining climate change’s impact internationally and in the UK, as well as potential solutions to the crisis.

ITV will also run a behavior change marketing campaign encouraging viewers to make simple, easy changes that can have a powerful impact on the planet.

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