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Twofour to film Harry's South Pole Heroes for ITV and NBC

Twofour to film Harry's South Pole Heroes for ITV and NBC
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Pippa Considine
09 September 2013

Twofour has been commissioned to produce a two-part ITV series charting Prince Harry and service men and women as they take on the challenge racing 335km to the South Pole.
 
Against the backdrop of Antarctica, Harry’s South Pole Heroes will discover the inspiring stories of wounded servicemen and women from across the world.
 
Twofour will capture three groups competing in the Walking With The Wounded-organised South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth, with a particular focus on the UK team, spearheaded by Prince Harry. The race follows a series of increasingly challenging expeditions undertaken by wounded service men and women, fronted by Prince Harry.

The executive team behind ITV hit Harry’s Mountain Heroes will produce the documentary. Twofour’s Bridget Sneyd and Melanie Leach will executive produce and producer/director Alexis Girardet will capture the adventure. The series was commissioned by Katy Thorogood.
 
In addition to the two-part series for ITV, Twofour has signed a deal with NBC to produce a special for US broadcasting. Alongside highlights from the ITV series, the US film will include exclusively shot material of the US team. 

The UK team taking part in the South Pole Allied Challenge will include double leg amputee Duncan Slater, who believes limitations are only in the mind, arm amputee Ibrar Ali MC, a member of the Yorkshire Regiment, who walks in memory of two colleagues killed in action, left leg amputee Kate Philp, the first British woman to lose a limb on the frontline and right leg amputee Guy Disney, taking on a second pole after joining Walking With The Wounded and Prince Harry in the Arctic in 2011.
 
Expedition training is underway with the team set to arrive on the continent in November.
 
Speaking at the launch of the South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, Prince Harry said: “…these men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom, in our cause, and that they should once again step into the breach, this time facing down the extreme physical and mental challenges of trekking to the south pole, just underlines their remarkable qualities.”
 
Melanie Leach, Twofour’s MD, said: “The teams’ bravery, ambition and outright determination to be the first to reach the pole guarantees this will be a unique and compelling series.”
 
Both the US and ITV productions will air in 2014.



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