11 December 2023

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Channel commissions 2x60’ series on crocodiles and 2x60’ series on hippos fronted by acclaimed naturalist Steve Backshall

Channel 5 has commissioned a double-feature natural history series exploring the captivating worlds of crocodiles and hippos, to be fronted by naturalist Steve Backshall. Produced by True to Nature, these captivating two by 2x60’ documentaries promise an exhilarating look into the lives of these remarkable creatures.

Across the two documentary series - Croc Watch and Hippo Watch - viewers will embark on a thrilling journey deep into the heart of South Africa, guided by the expertise and infectious enthusiasm of Steve Backshall. With access to the lives of crocodiles and hippos, Steve will unveil the mysteries of their survival, revealing everything from their habits, hunting techniques, parenting instincts, and the intricate dynamics that enable them to thrive and ultimately survive.

Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 and Paramount+ said: "Crocodiles and hippos are truly fascinating creatures with formidable reputations. Steve Backshall is the perfect person to dive deep into their worlds and unravel the secrets of these incredible animals. We are delighted to be working with True To Nature to bring these remarkable series’ to Channel 5."   

Presenter and naturalist Steve Backshall eagerly shared his anticipation, saying: "I can't wait to get up close and personal with these extraordinary animals. Exploring the natural habitat of crocodiles and hippos is a dream come true for any wildlife enthusiast, and I am beyond excited to learn more about these captivating creatures. Having previously worked with Channel 5 for the Secret Life of Badgers, I can confidently say that Crocodiles and Hippos might be a tad more adventurous!”

Wendy Darke, Executive Producer for True to Nature, added: " ‘We are delighted to be working with Channel 5 and Steve Backshall on this exciting new format.  Steve and the True To Nature team have the experience to get closer to these iconic animals that ever before to create an unmissable watch for Channel 5 viewers’.

These extraordinary documentaries will offer viewers an unprecedented opportunity to delve deep into the lives of crocodiles and hippos, unveiling their remarkable secrets and showcasing the beauty of their natural habitats. Prepare to be enthralled, educated, and captivated as we venture into the wild with Steve Backshall for an unforgettable exploration of these incredible creatures.

Croc Watch and Hippo Watch are both 2 x 60’ documentary series commissioned for Channel 5 by Denise Seneviratne, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 and Paramount+. Wendy Darke is executive producer for True to Nature. Both series will be airing on Channel 5. Fremantle will handle international distribution rights.

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