Wednesday, October 25, 2006

EXTINCT - Reality TV show to save endangered animals?

Well I've heard of everything now. The Times Online has news of new TV show called "Extinct", to be broadcast by ITV during their Christmas schedules. It looks like another version of Sky One's "Final Chance To Save", which was highly derivative of "Last Chance To See" to begin with!

"Extinct" will use a phone and internet vote by the public to decide which endangered animal gets helped. This strikes me as a very weird concept indeed, but anything which highlights the plight of endangered animals in a prime-time slot has to be a good thing.

The animals and "animal champions" featured in the programme will be...
  • The Bengal tiger [Pauline Collins]
  • The Mountain Gorilla [Graeme Le Saux]
  • The Giant Panda [David Suchet]
  • The Asian elephant [Sue Johnston]
  • The Polar Bear [Anneka Rice]
  • The Orang-Utan [TBA]
  • The Leatherback Turtle [TBA]
  • The Hyacinth Macaw [Michael Portillo]
Having voted off Big Brother contestants and decided which crumbling ancient buildings should be restored, television viewers are now being asked to choose which animal to save from extinction.

Eight of the world’s most endangered animals are to feature in a Restoration-style programme hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald and ZoĆ« Ball.
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Suggestions that there was an element of sick purience to the show were shrugged off amid promises that all the animals would gain from the broadcasts and not just the winning species.

Charlie Gardner of Endemol, which is making the show for ITV, said: "The programme is putting popular spin on a serious topic. It’s not something to be ashamed of."
Endemol link - "Extinct"
ITV link - "Extinct"

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