Channel 5 Orders Factual Series ‘Living On The Edge’

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Channel 5 has given the green-light to a new four-episode factual series titled Living On The Edge, which will feature respected filmmaker Chris Terrill as he travels to some of the most extreme environments on the planet. The series will explore how and why people live in these extreme environments.

Living On The Edge will see anthropologist, adventurer and filmmaker Chris Terrill travel alone to the Arctic where he follows the great reindeer migration across some of the most hostile territory on earth with the Sami people – the oldest living culture in Europe. He then travels into the deep Sahara by camel with the hardy Tuareg nomads to find out first-hand about drought, desert storms and the increasing threat from al Qaeda in the region. The skein is being produced by Uppercut Films with Christine Hall serving as the executive producer.

“Chris is an incredible filmmaker who really immerses himself in the world of his subject”, said Simon Raikes, Channel 5’s Commissioning Editor for Factual. “In this series he’s pushed himself to the limit to bring back astonishing stories of people eking out an existence in the most extreme environments on earth.”

While Chris Terrill added: “My journeys are completely open ended: I have no idea how long I am going for; nothing is set up; there is no script and no film crew – just me and my camera. It is high risk filmmaking in every way: I am hostage to Nature at her most savage and I am never sure what story is going to unfold but it is that magic ‘chance’ element that gives the films their frisson, their drama and their surprise. This is TV adventuring as it should be – no smoke, no mirrors but as it happens and for real.”