Channel 4 has commissioned The Garden to make the first UK series of the international survival hit Alone.
Alone is TV’s most extreme and uncompromising survival experiment: the ultimate test of endurance and ingenuity, in one of the most beautiful but challenging landscapes on earth.
The six-part series will see ten contestants dropped into the remote Northern Canadian wilderness, where each must survive entirely alone. They’ll be equipped with only a handful of basic tools and must film their adventure themselves. They’ll battle the elements, loneliness and wild animals including bears, moose and wolverines, in a trial of skill, mental strength and resilience. Whoever lasts longest will win £100,000.
Ian Dunkley said, ‘In one of the most inhospitable locations on earth, the cast will not only have to battle the elements and hostile wildlife, but also themselves, facing adversity with no camera crew, no producers and no catering trucks on standby. It will provide a fascinating insight into the human spirit and what it takes to survive against all the odds’.
Rachel Bloomfield added: ‘Alone is the most real and raw survival series on television. Ten ordinary people will go on an extraordinary adventure. We hope what will begin as a bare-knuckle survival challenge, will go on to reveal itself as a complex and beautifully layered series – an examination of self and soul, as well as outdoors skills.’
Robyn Hurd, VP of International Content Sales, EMEA, for A+E Networks said, “A+E Networks is proud to be the worldwide distributor of Alone, the ultimate survival show that succeeds across cultures and territories with its stripped back, minimal production style and cast of everyday contestants challenged with becoming extraordinary survivalists. We’re delighted to be working with the Garden on this version, and Channel 4 will be the perfect UK home.”
Alone is now in its ninth series on the History Channel in the USA, and is a hit in Denmark, Norway and Sweden – and globally on Netflix – with a further series in production in Australia. This is the first time the format has come to the UK – and the first time it has been made with a UK cast.
The 6 x 60’ series has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment with Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment. The series from The Garden, part of ITV Studios, will be executive produced by Nicola Brown and Rachel Bloomfield. Alone is distributed worldwide by A+E Networks.