Michaela Strachan rescues African Penguins on Eden


UKTV, the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers a month, today announced the co-production of The Great Penguin Rescue, with NHU Africa.

The 6x30' series follows wildlife presenter and conservation enthusiast Michaela Strachan on her mission to help save the only endemic Penguin species to South Africa. The UK premiere is due to be shown on Eden, Britain's leading natural history channel, this November.

During the 10 years that Michaela has lived in her adopted home of Cape Town, South Africa, the peninsula?s penguins have found a special place in her heart. 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 deal was negotiated by UKTV's Acquisitions and Co-productions Manager Emma Sparks and NHU Africa's Commissioning Editor Vyv Simson and ordered by Eden?s General Manager Adrian Wills.

Adrian Wills said:

"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. 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.?

Vyv Simson said:

?The Great Penguin Rescue is a heart-warming series that tells a unique story and Michaela is the perfect story teller.?

The Great Penguin Rescue is a NHU Africa Production, produced and directed by Alice Clarke and with Vyv Simson as Executive Producer on the series.


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