Channel 4 has ordered "Levison Wood: Walking with…." The three-part working title is co-produced by October Films and Blackmane Media. “Levison Wood is a remarkable adventurer, and we are thrilled to have him back on our screens, with this revealing and poignant new series," Daniel Fromm, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 said.
"Levison Wood: Walking With…" is directed by Neil Bonner, who will work alongside Line Producer, Martin Long. The series is executive produced by Adam Bullmore, with Dave Luke serving as executive producer for Blackmane Media. The series was commissioned by Daniel Fromm at Channel 4 and is being distributed by Blue Ant International. Levison Wood is represented by Wolfsong Media. The title joins a catalog of other successful Levison Wood series for Channel 4, which includes "Walking with Elephants," "From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier," "Walking The Americas," "Walking The Himalayas" and "Walking The Nile."
The title shows Wood travelling into some of the most remote and physically challenging environments on Earth. The title enters their worlds as the locals do, to get as up close and personal as possible. Learning more about the unique lives of the animals and their environment in the company of indigenous guides and naturalists, he gets a better understanding of how they are surviving, against worsening odds caused by the increasing threat of human activity and climate change.
“In each episode, Lev embraces the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with both the people and the wildlife inhabiting some of the most remote, hostile and breathtakingly beautiful places on earth – often spending weeks trekking to reach them. We’re thrilled to be working with him and Channel 4 again on this new series," Adam Bullmore, Executive Producer, October Films said.
Each expedition sees Lev meeting, and living with the people who come face-to-face with these animals in their daily lives. He experiences first hand some of the same dangers from the increased contact between humans and wildlife, the conflict between tradition and modernity and how climate change is affecting both human and animal survival. Encountering numerous other animal species along the way - in the wild and in rescue and rehabilitation centers, Levison also explores the benefits that they can bring to communities through identity, spirituality, conservation and tourism.
“This extraordinary quest took me to some of the harshest and most awe-inspiring environments on Earth,"Wood said. "I experienced the deep connection between local people and animals who are struggling to co-exist amid increased environmental destruction. This series is a testament to the beauty and fragility of our planet's wildest corners, and I trust it will inspire action to help save these animals and their habitats before it's too late. Join me as I explore the incredible worlds of Orangutans, Desert Lions and Polar Bears.”
Levison Wood is a remarkable adventurer, and we are thrilled to have him back on our screens, with this revealing and poignant new series.” Daniel Fromm Commissioning Editor, Channel 4