UKTV has announced that they have signed on to co-produce a new factual series with NHU Africa titled The Great Penguin Rescue for its Eden channel. The six episode series, which features Michaela Strachan on her mission to help save the only endemic Penguin species to South Africa, is set to premiere on Eden this November.
The Great Penguin Rescue sees Michaela Strachan as she joins forces with the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal (SANCCOB), which rescues late born penguin young every year. The series documents Michaela as she becomes a very hands-on mum to over 750 very demanding chicks. The co-production deal between UKTV and Natural History Unit Africa – which commissions, co-produces and distributes wildlife and natural history documentaries and works with both international and local broadcasters – was negotiated by UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-productions Manager Emma Sparks and NHU Africa’s Commissioning Editor Vyv Simson.
“For The Great Penguin Rescue Michaela Strachan for once is not the ‘presenter’, but a volunteer with the camera focusing on her hard work and following her as she cleans and feeds penguin chicks abandoned by their parents”, said Eden’s General Manager Adrian Wills, who ordered the series. “It’s obvious she is passionate about saving these enchanting birds, and her charming and enthusiastic personality shines through each episode, making her a great addition to the Eden channel.”
While NHU Africa’s Commissioning Editor Vyv Simson added: “The Great Penguin Rescue is a heartwarming series that tells a unique story and Michaela is the perfect story teller.”