Ben Fogle to front ITV ‘whale-fall’ experiment

Broadcast, Matthew Campelli
21st August 2015

Ben Fogle will front an ambitious ‘whale-fall’ experiment for ITV which will lure large sea creatures – including sharks – to the carcass of a whale.

The natural history series, produced by Sussex-based indie Big Wave Productions, will track a dead female humpback whale after it is dropped into the Celtic Deep off the Welsh coast.
Cameras will film the marine life it attracts while adventurer and broadcaster Fogle will present the show from a boat tracking the carcass.

The former Countrywise and Harbour Lives presenter’s most recent ITV excursion was Trawlermen’s Lives which secured an audience of 2.5m (10.6%) in August 2014.

Most recently he fronted Channel 5’s five-part series Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild which informed an overnight audience of 1.7m (8.5%) in July and August.

Big Wave specialises in programming around marine life. It has produced shows such as Jaws Strikes Back Return of Jaws and Jaws Comes Home for Discovery Channel.

ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell ordered the series alongside director of factual Richard Klein.

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