17 March 2022

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Channel 5 commissions epic three-part documentary series exploring the Ice Age, presented by Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan and Chris Jackson

London 17th March 2022: Channel 5 announced today that it has commissioned a major three-part documentary telling the extraordinary story of the ice age. 

Ice Age: A Frozen World, fronted by naturalist and explorer Steve Backshall, wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan and geologist Chris Jackson will tell this epic story using state of the art technology to bring this frozen world to life. The 3 x 60’ series will be produced by October Films and Krempelwood and was ordered by Commissioning Editor (VP) Denise Seneviratne.

The factual thriller will take viewers on a gripping journey through time, with a mixture of on location pieces, breathtaking Virtual Studio production and expert interviews. The series will unravel the hidden secrets of the Ice Age and how it created the world we now live in. 

Made up of three parts the programmes will document the rise of the mega-beasts that once bestrode our world, from Saber Tooth Tigers to Wooley Mammoths; the David and Goliath story of Neanderthals versus Homo Sapiens and the ultimate irony that global warming could trigger the next Ice Age.

Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor for Channel 5, said: “Ice Age: A Frozen World is a series with scale and ambition which will explore this prehistoric story in a compelling and entertaining way. We’re pleased to be working with October Films to bring the Ice Age to life and produce an event series that reflects our commitment at channel 5 to surprise and captivate our audience across all genres. 

Ice Age: A Frozen World (3 x 60’) was commissioned by Denise Seneviratne for Channel 5. It will be co-produced by October Films and Krempelwood. The programme will be executive produced by Adam Bullimore and Mike Warner for October Films and Mark Wood and Blair Krempel for Krempelwood. 

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