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NGCI & Channel 4 commission Nerd TV for a daredevil stunt series

MUMBAI: National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) and Channel 4 have commissioned Nerd TV for a six-part series, fronted by comic odd couple Tim Shaw and Buddy Munro.

The series, titled ‘True Tube’ for NGCI, and provisionally named ‘Idiot Proof’ for Channel 4, has been co-produced with NGCI, Channel 4 and Red Arrow International.

The daredevil stunt series will premiere in 2015 on the National Geographic Channel in 170 countries and in 45 languages, as part of its ‘Entertain your Brain’ strand and in the UK on Channel 4.

The series sees Tim and Buddy track down the originators of the most jaw-dropping and enigmatic online videos clips from across the world to find out just how real they are, and how they were pulled off. Whatever their findings, the duo aim to recreate each stunt on an even larger scale, unpacking the science and engineering involved, trying not to die in the process.

From water skiing behind a container ship to playing tennis on an airplane wing during flight, the series unpacks vital scientific principles through the absurd antics of a global cast of amateur stuntmen. Part forensic clip show, part adrenalized travelogue, each episode combines the scientific detective work of Tim as he employs maverick engineering on location to create the stunt, and the spectacular feats of Buddy, who is his ever-trusting guinea pig.

NGCI executive VP, head of international content Hamish Mykura said, “This series fits very neatly into NGCI’s strand of smart and entertaining programming that transcends language barriers to appeal to audiences all over the world. Combining the fun subject matter with two knowledgeable and supremely engaging hosts, is a recipe for success, especially with Tim’s proven audience appeal in other ongoing NGCI series.”

Nerd TV executive producer Jago Lee said, “It’s been incredible to scour the farthest reaches of the Earth for these stunts. Some of the original videos have been viewed and shared by millions, so to reconstruct them, explode them, and potentially expose them in the process has been really exciting! This is an innovative and dynamic series encapsulating the creative ethos of Nerd and it’s great to have been able to work with National Geographic Channels and Channel 4 to bring that spirit to both the UK and international markets.”

Channel 4 commissioning editor for specialist factual Sara Ramsden said, “Tim Shaw and Buddy Munro are both Born Risky, so their programme is an excellent addition to Channel 4′s line up. Idiot Proof takes highly popular and jaw dropping YouTube clips and unpicks the science and engineering principles behind them. It’s a very entertaining way to learn how the world works.”