From a media release:
Saloon Media, aÂ Blue Ant StudiosÂ company, announces today that it is joiningÂ BriteSpark East, part of theÂ Argonon Group, to produce a stunning new documentary series,Â Worldâ€™s Most Scenic River JourneysÂ (6 x 60â€™; HD), taking audiences on explorations of some of the worldâ€™s most important and beautiful rivers across Europe and North America. The series will be narrated by Golden Globe-winning actorÂ Bill NighyÂ (Love Actually,Â The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). As part of the partnership, Saloon Media will produce episodes featuring rivers in North America while BriteSpark East will cover the rivers in Europe, allowing completion of the series during travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The series is an original commission forÂ Channel 5Â in the UK and will also air on Blue Ant Mediaâ€™sÂ Smithsonian Channel Canada. Global distributor,Â Blue Ant InternationalÂ will oversee all international licensing outside of the UK and Canada.
Worldâ€™s Most Scenic River JourneysÂ embarks on a series of unique journeys across spectacular waterways into hidden worlds of landscapes, local characters and surprising stories. Each episode explores one river, travelling from source to finish. Some are iconic, others lesser known, but all the rivers feature spectacular scenery and reveal surprising details about the countries they run through. Audiences meet people who live and work along the riverbank and share inside stories about its history, culture, wildlife and folklore.
Worldâ€™s Most Scenic River JourneysÂ is executive produced byÂ Tom PorterÂ at BriteSpark, with Series Producer,Â Helen White.Â Steve GamesterÂ is Executive Producer and Producer at Saloon Media. Overseeing the series for Channel 5 is Commissioning Editor,Â Daniel Pearl, and overseeing the series for Smithsonian Channel Canada isÂ Sam Linton, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media.