Love Nature announced that Graham McTavish to narrate the international version of its latest original series, "The Ocean’s Greatest Feast.""We love giving audiences a new perspective of the world, in this case alongside the sardines, whose incredible journey sheds light on the interconnectedness of so many species,” Global General Manager, Love Nature, Carlyn Staudt, said. “Having Graham McTavish lend his voice to this documentary brings an element of timeless wisdom and draws audiences into the compelling multi-faceted story surrounding the sardine run.”
Produced by Earth Touch, the Ocean’s Greatest Feast will premiere on Love Nature’s linear and streaming platforms, outside of its co-production territories: Sky Nature in the UK; France Télévisions in France; SVT in Sweden; and NHK in Japan. In the U.S., the documentary is narrated by renowned broadcaster, Nora Young, and premiered on PBS as part of its Nature series. The Ocean’s Greatest Feast is created and produced by Earth Touch. The film is a co-production between The WNET Group, Love Nature, Bonne Pioche Television for France Télévisions in France, SVT in Sweden and NHK in Japan. Graeme Duane is Executive Producer and Mea Trenor is Producer. Executive Producer for Nature is Fred Kaufman, and Series Producer is Bill Murphy. James Manfull executive produces the special on behalf of Love Nature. Produced by Alexandre Soullier for Bonne Pioche Television France Télévisions. Blue Ant International handles international pre-sales and licensing outside co-production territories.
Graham McTavish is a Scottish television and film actor, best known for his roles in the popular TV series "Outlander," "The Hobbit" trilogy for Peter Jackson and AMC's series "Preacher," based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult comic book series. He also starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and Creed. Additionally, he is known for his roles in numerous other TV shows and movies including "Red Dwarf," "24," "Rome," "The Finest Hours and Colombiana." “The annual journey of the sardines has been a fascinating story to bring to life,” says Graham McTavish. “I’ve had a great time being part of this project with a unique perspective on the underwater spectacle that has such a dynamic impact on the ecosystem.”
The blue chip documentary delves into South Africa’s renowned annual sardine run with a new lens, giving audiences an immersive dive into the chaos and magic of the legendary natural phenomenon. The film harnesses an array of new filming technology including gyro-stabilized long lens drones, Shotover cameras and a new remote underwater unit to capture the sardine run vividly in full 4K. Graham McTavish will narrate the special, bringing the story to life for audiences with his distinctive voice.
The title shows audiences in the annual phenomenon, in which billions of sardines spawn, providing a “moveable feast” for a spectacular array of marine predators who depend on the sardines in what is truly a feast or famine event. Audiences will get an up-close look at the sardines who are on the most important journey of their little lives, traveling a thousand miles to get to South Africa’s wild coast. During production, Earth Touch leveraged cutting-edge technology and filmmaking techniques to present the story of South Africa’s annual sardine run in a fresh, new way by taking traditional wide angles of gannets and dolphin super pods paired with underwater bait ball feeding events, to set the scene, and pairing them with advancements in high-speed video, gyro camera platforms and compact sensor cameras enable us to tell our story in new ways.