Sky1 has given the green-light to Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest, a two-part series which will follow the former Top Gear presenter as he travels deep into the darkest jungle of the Amazon in order to realise his childhood ambition to photograph exotic creatures.
Set to premiere this September, the two-parter, which is being supported by Sky Rainforest Rescue, will see Richard trek through steamy impenetrable jungle, tackle the mighty River Amazon, sleep rough under the forest canopy and be hoisted hundreds of feet to the top of trees, in order to reach the remote places where his target species can be found. Zodiak Media’s IWC are producing, with Dominic Bowles serving as the executive producer.
“Trekking through the Amazon rainforest with a camera to photograph wildlife was a childhood dream. The reality was, I discovered, far, far tougher than I had imagined, but the moments when I saw and caught images of the elusive creatures and fleeting encounters that make the place so special, so unique and yet so fragile were breathtaking and some of the best in my life”, said Richard Hammond.
“I hope viewers will feel they have been there too, in this film; getting a sense of the magic, splendour and wonder of the place as animals and humans live side by side amidst the threats they face – the very things that Sky Rainforest Rescue Campaign works to highlight”, he continued. “And most of all, I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
“This is a different take on a trip to the Amazon Rainforest, it’s a personal travel tale and a much bigger story all in one”, added Siobhan Mulholland, Sky’s Commissioning Editor, Factual. “It’s about Richard Hammond attempting to photograph wildlife in a challenging environment and an insight into the threat to the habitat of that wildlife. Hammond is an enthusiast of wildlife and photography – a passion he’s bringing to Sky1.”