Survival is among the most popular as well as long-running wildlife documentaries on television. This was first shown in 1961 and also was originally produced by Anglia Television for ITV inside the United Kingdom. It was conceived by Aubrey Buxton (later Baron Buxton of Alsa), a founding director of Anglia TV. Upwards of 250 accolades have been given to survival movies and filmmakers throughout the world, notably four Emmy Awards as well as a BAFTA.
The first series lasted 40 years and generated approximately 1000 episodes. It was one of the most profitable television exports in the UK, with sales to 112 nations, the most of any British documentary show.
It was the first British programme to really be sold to China (1979), the one to be broadcast concurrently throughout North America, as well as its camera crews were the first to film a significant wildlife series inside the former Soviet Union. In 1974, it received a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
Early shows were all half-hours, however, the one-hour Survival Special become ITV’s premier wildlife documentary for 3 decades, regularly reaching audiences of moreover ten million viewers. There were other series created for Channel 4, CITV, as well as regional broadcasts. Survival was extremely common in the United States, where a 12-year-running syndicated half-hour series, The World of Survival (narrated by John Forsythe), and other one-hour movies were shown by networks such as NBC as well as CBS.
In 2001, the production unit was abolished, as well as the show was no longer broadcast on British television. Survival with Ray Mears, nevertheless, brought the Survival moniker back to ITV in 2010. After that, the Survival name was utilised with a series called Survival – Tales from the Wild.
SAL has 20-year cooperation with Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), a company known for its pioneering techniques, such as macro-photography, and broad scientific reach.