Susanna Dinnage, President, Discovery Networks UK & Chief Content Officer, International, unveiled two high-profile commissions .
The new series will air across Discovery’s networks in more than 220 countries and territories in 2017 and 2018.
The commissions are part of Discovery’s commitment to find compelling new talent and to raise the profile of much-loved established talent amongst a global audience. Ed Stafford: Left for Dead is a brand-new survival show featuring Ed Stafford, whose compelling portrayal of existing in extreme environments has been a hit with audiences around the world and this series sees the adventurer take on some of the most hostile locations on the planet. Joining Ed on the slate are new faces Micky Yule, Mike Goody and Will Swift who feature in a brand new series, Men of Iron (wt). All three have overcome challenges associated with losing limbs during their lives and relish the opportunity to take on audacious physical challenges – often with much humour and always with great determination.
“Discovery’s audiences love talent that they can relate to and these two programmes feature great characters on real-life adventures. They bring exciting challenges to our screens, told in a compelling, first-hand narrative. It’s hard not to feel inspired and in awe of their courage,” said Dinnage.
In addition to the two new series, Dinnage also announced that Discovery Channel’s high-impact documentary Mosquito and iconic Shark Week 2017 will sync up around the world with global premieres this summer (July 6 and week of July 23, respectively). Mosquito, a documentary special shot on four continents, sounds the alarm about the mounting global threat to mankind. It will serve as a call to action for the immense international efforts required to reduce their march of destruction. Notably, this marks the first time in its history that Shark Week, the iconic programming week that has defined Discovery Channel for almost three decades, will premiere everywhere around the world in the same week.