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Exclusive: Smithsonian Channel to debut trio of “Wild Wednesdays” wildlife specials

Smithsonian Channel is bringing back its signature “Wild Wednesdays” slate, rolling out three new wildlife shows beginning this month. Wild Wednesdays celebrates the natural world, featuring nature and wildlife programming alongside ...
February 16, 2022

Smithsonian Channel is bringing back its signature “Wild Wednesdays” slate, rolling out three new wildlife shows beginning this month.

Wild Wednesdays celebrates the natural world, featuring nature and wildlife programming alongside stories about climate and conservation.

The weekly specials, all of which are co-produced by Love Nature and Blue Ant Media, begin on February 23 with A Bee’s Diary, which is told from the perspectives of two bees, one old and one young. It’s produced by Dennis Wells and Niobe Thompson, with Bernd Wilting serving as executive producer and James Manfull executive producing for Love Nature.

Debuting on March 2 is Pridelands: Wilderness Reborn, about an Australian family embarking on an adventure to transform an old hunting ranch in South Africa into an eco-tourism ranch, allowing natural wildlife — including predators — to move back in. Executive producers for the special are John Hardman, Mark Hutchinson, Sophie Hutchinson and Ed StobartAlison Barrat serves as executive producer for Love Nature.

Finally, premiering on March 9 is Animals at Play, which examines new research that shows that play is at the heart of almost everything learned by young animals. The special was produced and directed by Dan Perowne, with Alex Williamson serving as executive producer and Laura Whitley as series producer and Alison Barrat executive producing for Love Nature.

All three Wild Wednesdays specials are executive produced by Tria Thalman for Smithsonian Channel.

Photo courtesy Smithsonian Channel/YouTube.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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