Glasgow-headquartered STV Studios will produce a TV event investigating how climate change is killing whales, in a special commissioned for Channel 4.
The 90-minute program, What Killed the Whale?, will see explorer and biologist Ella Al-Shamahi travelling across the UK to discover why so many whales are washing up and dying on the country’s shores. Pollution, fishing, ship strikes and other human activities are each covered as potential causes.
Al-Shamahi will work with some of the UK’s leading frontline science organizations as they respond to fatal whale strandings, while the production team will capture the whales’ autopsies. Lab analysis of the autopsies will be used to better understand why whales are dying, the effect humans are having on oceans and potential solutions.
“There has never been a more critical time to take a temperature check on the health of our oceans and we will be face-to-face with the incredible whales who are the tragic victims of our climate emergency,” said Craig Hunter, creative director of factual for STV Studios, in a statement.
Russ Leven will serve as producer and director on the special, with Rosy Marshall McCrae working as co-executive producer, Heather McCorrison as assistant producer, Paul McCaffery as production executive and Claire Stewart as production manager.
BBC Studios will distribute the program internationally.