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UK nets take Tern content

UK broadcasters the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have ordered travel- and art-focused series from Zinc Media-owned production company Tern Television.

C5 has ordered Extreme Planes, a three-part series that uses amateur clips to examine plane crashes, take-offs and landings, and near misses. It is Tern Television’s first commission from the commercial broadcaster.

Following on from the success of its series Flights from Hell – Caught on Camera, C4 has commissioned four-part series Holidays from Hell, which will also harness user-generated footage and interviews to explore nightmarish occurrences on cruises, holidays, flights and trains.

Additionally, BBC4 has renewed Britain’s Lost Masterpieces, produced from Tern’s Belfast office, which follows historian and art dealer Dr Bendor Grosvenor and art historian Jacky Klein around the UK as they track down lost and hidden paintings from local museums and galleries.

The deals follow Zinc Media’s £5.45m (US$7.14m) takeover of the Scottish prodco in October.

Elsewhere, Zinc subsidiary Blakeway Productions has been commissioned by C5 to produce a follow-up to its series Wonderful World of Puppies. The 12-part primetime documentary series will give a dog’s eye view of life.

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