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TLC to air new show ‘Escaping Alaska’ globally

MUMBAI: TLC and Discovery Networks International (DNI) have announced a new show ‘Escaping Alaska’, a six-part series following a group of five young people of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent who risk everything in the pursuit of their dreams as they leave their frigid Alaskan homes for sunny San Diego.

The series will make its global debut on TLC on 27 July in the US before rolling out internationally to more than 200 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, the Nordics, Canada and Asia-Pacific. This is the first original production from DNI to debut first on TLC in the US and then cascade out internationally. Hot Snakes Media is producing the series for DNI.

The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as “Q”) and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes “escape” from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns. Although they love their families and take pride in their heritage, they are yearning for more fulfilment and different experiences. The show captures their brave journey as they leave their sheltered lives behind.

Eskimo communities are very insular and leaving is considered the worst betrayal in that culture, forcing these young people to not only leave their families, but mislead them with their intentions. Instead of revealing to their families that they want to leave for California to explore their independence and find work, they each create a unique cover story to deceive their families and leave home.

Cameras follow the cast as they struggle to adapt to the pressures of living together outside of their comfort zone, while also staying in contact with the families they have left back home. As they explore dating, working and finding new “dream” jobs and discovering themselves, they have to ultimately face the decision of whether to return to Alaska – if they are accepted back, or stay in the lower 48 and leave home for good.

DNI VP. production, development Jon Sechrist said, “ ‘Escaping Alaska’ provides a rare window into a remote world that is quite foreign to many of TLC viewers – a look at the lives of an endangered culture and private community that is seldom seen by the lower 48. The series is a fascinating study of people struggling to preserve their traditional way of life, and the aspirations of its younger generation who are seeking their own way. The five characters featured are a microcosm of their community.”