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23 August 2012

Brand New Commissions from Channel 5 for 2012/13

Channel 5 announced today a raft of new commissions for winter 2012/13.

Covering a broad range of topics the programmes include Chris Tarrant tackling some of the world’s most extreme railway journeys, the issue of ex-soldiers in the criminal justice system and the challenges they face coming to terms with civilian life and Dominic Monaghan traversing the globe to seek out and examine a host of incredible insects.

The number of ex-servicemen in our prisons is increasing. In fact military veterans now constitute the largest occupational group in the British prison system. Psychiatrists and criminologists are battling to understand this worrying trend that some say it is just the tip of an iceberg. So why do ex-servicemen run a greater risk of falling foul of the law? Is it the brutalising effect of war, the hardened self-image, the macho do-or-die ethos, the predisposition to confront a threat? Is this why most ex-servicemen in jail or on probation have committed a violent crime or a sexual crime? Chris Terrill, the only military trained documentary maker in Britain, immerses himself in the often sad and lonely world of the veteran to investigate this worrying phenomenon. What he finds is both shocking and surprising. Produced, directed and filmed by Chris Terri Executive producer Christine Hall

EXTREME RAILWAYS (working title) (4x60)
Extreme Railways (w/t) sees presenter Chris Tarrant undertaking an extreme railway journey each week. Chris, who's a keen traveller, will be meeting the passengers and people who work on railways which cross some of the most extreme environments on earth. He will discover the history of the railways and find out how they were built, often against all the odds. In his first adventure Chris rides through the jungles of the Congo, he then attempts to cross the high Andes by train and in the final episodes he heads off to the heat of the desert and learns about the drama of building a railway beside an ocean. Driven by his passion and curiosity Chris sees how ingenuity, engineering skills and occasionally just sheer determination have overcome the harshest environmental odds - to build and run these remarkable railway lines. Production Company: The Gamma Project, Executive Producers: Nina Carbone, Hugh Whitworth, Executive Producer, Series Producer: Dale Templar, Producer-Directors: Rosalind Bain, Neil Ferguson. Production Manager: Sarah Gowers

In a series of spectacular and epic adventures, British actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) travels the globe to find – and then handle – some of the biggest, baddest and scariest creatures on the planet. Among his potentially lethal quests… a journey deep into a toxic cave in Venezuela to find Scolopendra – a giant and highly venomous flesh-eating centipede; a head-on encounter in the Amazon Jungle with a multi-million-strong colony of lethal army ants – reputedly capable of killing and devouring an animal the size of a cow ; a hunt for Africa’s largest and deadliest scorpion in the searing deserts of Namibia; and a trek through the Cameroon highlands in search of one of the world’s largest and rarest insects - the White Goliath Beetle. Guided by locals and expert scientists, Dominic immerses himself in the local cultures he encounters – and he needs all the help he can get, because his journeys lead him into real danger as he takes on jungles, swamps, deserts and mountains, and a terrifying cast of lethal animals that live in them. Produced by Wildfire Television Ltd and Cream Productions Ltd. Executive Producers: Simon Raikes, Philip Clarke, David Brady Series producer/Director: Paul Kilback Producers: Sarah Zammitt, Alice Robinson, Matt Booi

People across the UK are blazing a trail as world champions in some of the oddest events - everything from pea-shooting to pole-climbing. Now it’s the turn of Rory McGrath and Will Mellor. They’ll be competing in the most left-field World Championships and will be door-stepping the world’s best to take them on. In each episode they travel to a different part of the country competing in World Championship events in the local area and meeting Britain’s weirdest world champions. Production Executive: Helen Nightingale, Series Producer: Gerard Costello, Production Manager: Sara Cameron, Directors Peter Campion and Matt Richard. Made by IWC Media, a Zodiak Media company production.

Sean Wilson, the actor best known to British TV viewers for playing Martin Platt in Coronation Street, worked in a Michelin-starred kitchen and has become a cheese maker of distinction collecting a Gold Medal at the World Cheese Awards in 2011. Great Northern Cookbook sees him explore the gastronomic heritage of towns in the north of England. In each episode, the culinary connoisseur visits different northern towns, experiencing the regional quirks that form the backdrop to the area’s industrial and gastronomic heritage, with a mission to take on four very distinct competitive challenges in each region. The challenges will see Sean follow centuries-old recipes without a modern gadget in sight, endure back-breaking jobs to source ingredients, replicate the best local dishes and finally attempt to outsell local rivals in the marketplace with his produce. Throughout Sean judged will be by the most critical of audiences – the local people. Executive produced by Jazz Gowans and Richard Hughes for Transparent Television

Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan gives viewers an unprecedented first person view of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world in one of the most dangerous places on earth. We follow the U.S. Military's most elite Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Unit as it trains prior to deployment. In war-torn Afghanistan, helmet and body mounted cameras and state-of-the-art robotics bring you a never before seen look at the intensity of war. Viewers will witness as the elite team searches out, disarms and destroys an array of deadly explosives with one goal: to save civilian and military lives and return home safely. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan is produced by Big Fish Entertainment with Doug DePriest and Dan Cesareo serving as executive producers. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan is distributed outside of the U.S. and Canada by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

In addition, after a successful first series BIG BODY SQUAD (6x60) returns. The programme will again join the supersized ambulance teams, fire crews, equipment specialists, builders and carers across the UK as they deal with all the associated complications and risks that come with mobilising an obese nation. Big Body Squad gives a thorough insight into all aspects of the specialist training and the risks associated with dealing with these patients. And in a brand new three part x 60 series we return to the story of the main protagonist from Big Body Squad, Keith Martin, who at the time was referred to in the press as being the biggest man in the world. We’ll follow Keith as he attempts the huge task of losing weight and getting back on his feet. Both programmes are a co-production by IWC Media and GroupM Entertainment. Executive Producer for GroupM Entertainment Richard Foster, Executive Producer for IWC Media Elspeth O’Hare, Consulting Producer for GroupM Entertainment Melanie Darlaston, Series Producer Jo Scott

Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes Channel 5 said "I'm pleased to announce another batch of really strong programmes. We're covering issues from the national obesity crisis to ex-servicemen in the criminal justice system. We're working with people who have a real passion for their subject like Chris Tarrant, Dominic Monaghan and Sean Wilson. It's a really exciting time for Channel 5.”


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