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Animal Planet partners with C4 for Nile walk

Animal Planet partners with C4 for Nile walk
Pippa Considine
20 December 2013

Animal Planet is partnering with Channel 4 to broadcast expedition leader, writer and photographer Levison Wood’s year-long challenge to become the first person to successfully walk the length of the River Nile.

October Films is commissioned to produce the special, Walking the Nile (wt), which will air in the US in Winter 2015.

The announcement comes shortly after Levison took the first steps of his 4,250 mile expedition, as he walks to the source of the Nile in the forests of Rwanda. The trip is being filmed by Levison himself, with visits at key points from an October Films production crew for a two-hour special to be broadcast on Animal Planet in 2015.

Between now and then, followers can check in on Levison’s progress on a dedicated website (, Twitter (@WalkingTheNile) and Facebook. The website will host regular updates from Levison including video diaries, photos and blog posts.

During the 1000 mile walk Levison will be met by local guides at points along his route, but apart from the crew’s visits, he will not be followed by a support team or a vehicle of any kind. The trip will test Levison’s mental and physical limits as well as his bushcraft skills.

Walking the Nile (wt) will be shown as a two-hour special on Animal Planet and a four-part television series on Channel 4. The project is produced by October Films for Animal Planet and October Films and GroupM Entertainment for Channel 4. The executive producers are Adam Bullmore for October Films, Melanie Darlaston and Tony Moulsdale for GroupM Entertainment, and Keith Hoffman for Animal Planet.

It was developed for Animal Planet by Andy Berg and Kurt Tondorf and for Channel 4 by commissioning editor John Hay and commissioning editor multiplatform Mark Atkin.

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