UKTV has commissioned a new series for its award-winning entertainment channel, Dave. The UKTV Original, Hurricane Man (8×60′), produced by ScreenDog Productions, follows Josh Morgerman, one of the world’s leading hurricane chasers. Josh predicts where a storm will hit before racing right into the eye of some of the biggest and most dangerous storms around the globe, including Hurricane Florence, which devastated parts of North Carolina, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which battered the Philippines recently.
Josh’s passion for hurricanes is matched only by the force and ferocity of the very storms he is chasing. As the destruction and tragic loss of life can prove, getting too close to this kind of weather can be treacherous. Josh and his on-screen team of British producers will give first-hand accounts from the eye of the storm. They have unprecedented access to the human stories, from sheltering families to emergency rescues that unfold around them on the ground, while the storm rages. Altogether creating the ultimate hurricane documentary series.
Josh Morgerman said,
Venturing deep inside the jaws of earth’s mightiest storms has been a lifelong, perhaps unhealthy, obsession of mine. I’ve always hunted solo, but now I have a documentary film crew with me recording every moment of these dangerous expeditions, and that’s pretty awesome.
Hurricane Man has been ordered for Dave by UKTV director of commissioning, Richard Watsham and UKTV genre general manager for comedy & entertainment, Steve North. The series is produced by ScreenDog Productions and commissioned by UKTV’s senior commissioning editor, Helen Nightingale, who acts as executive producer for UKTV, alongside Ed Kellie for ScreenDog. The series will be distributed by BBC Studios.
UKTV’s Helen Nightingale said,
The minute I saw Josh I knew we had an exciting and authentic new expert for Dave. His passion and knowledge for these storms is clear and compelling. His bravery under extreme duress has to be seen to be believed.
ScreenDog’s Ed Kellie said,
Josh takes viewers inside storms more powerful than 1000 nuclear bombs, enabling them to experience jaw-dropping stories that the news can’t reach, in which ordinary people’s survival instincts are truly tested. Alongside the very real human drama, watching Josh chase the eye of the storm is terrifying and entertaining.
Dave channel director, Luke Hales, said,
We know Dave viewers love adventurous characters and they don’t come more adventurous than the Hurricane Man. We can’t wait for Dave viewers to join Josh and his team on their astonishing travels.
Hurricane Man will TX on Dave next year and will also be available on UKTV Play. It follows the announcement of more brand new UKTV Originals coming to Dave in 2019, including Expedition With Steve Backshall, Hypothetical with Josh Widdicombe and James Acaster, and new series of Yianni: Supercar Customiser, the award-winning Taskmaster, and scripted comedy, Porters.