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C21May iPad

Discovery goes Big! with Hammond

Richard Hammond’s Big! is fronted by the Grand Tour presenter

Discovery is linking up with former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond on a show that explores the world’s biggest structures and machines.

Richard Hammond’s Big! (10×60′) is from UK-based Chimp and will see Hammond, co-host of Amazon’s The Grand Tour, travel the world to examine giant structures and machines, meeting those who make them work and exploring the science behind them with a series of experiments.

Locations include the UK, US, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, with structures ranging from the world’s longest railway tunnel to a cargo ship the size of four football pitches.

Discovery will commission and distribute globally, with the show airing on Discovery Channel in markets including the UK, Netherlands and France. It will be broadcast on sibling Science Channel in the US and on DMAX in Italy, Spain and Germany.

The show was commissioned by senior director and executive producer Victoria Noble, with Oliver Wilson as executive producer. Andrew Barron is series producer and Michael Massey is executive producer.

Elsewhere, Discovery in South-East Asia and Malaysian broadcaster Astro are teaming up on their first coproduction as part of a three-year content agreement.

Travel for Love (working title) is a social experiment that aims to add a relationship element to the travel genre with influencers sent on trips of a lifetime to meet somebody new. It will air later this year on Discovery-owned TLC and Astro’s Hello channel.

Discovery is also coproducing in China, with three local series on its slate. Say Yes To The Dress: China is the latest adaptation of the popular TLC series from the US.

The 12-part series will be coproduced with Chinese mobile service Migu and will premiere on Migu video and IPTV and on China Mobile OTT platforms.

It is also pairing with Chinese streamer Bilibili on a six-part local version of survival format First Man Out.

Explorer and adventurer Ed Stafford will compete against one of the world’s top survivalists in a race to get out of some of the most hostile environments on the planet. The series will take the team across China’s vast deserts, bamboo forests, glacial peaks, coasts and ancient ruins.

Finally, Discovery has joined up with digital platform Mango TV for a new format called The Day I Ran China.

The series follows young aspiring professionals from around the world who are invited to China to experience the nation’s industries. In each episode, the apprentices undergo intensive training and collaborate with China’s leading experts from sunrise sectors.

The Day I Ran China is scheduled to premiere in the third quarter of 2019 on Mango TV’s digital platform.

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