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"LIFE ON FIRE" EXPLODES on EDEN (UK)

THANKS A MILLION TO ALL BRITISH VIEWERS. LAST WEEK, YOU MADE OUR SERIES THE MOST PERFORMING PROGRAM EVER SINCE THE LAUNCH OF UKTV 6 YEARS AGO !

For those who don't have access to Sky satellite channel, the wildlife episodes of the series LIFE ON FIRE aim to paint survival stories around different volcanoes. From the dark abyss to pristine snow-capped peaks, spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire. Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.

Each time a volcano erupts the wildlife has a choice: face the consequences or flee. And because these animals are adapted to living with fire, often they run straight into another volcano and another conflagration - out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Although it was more financially and editorially risky to find an animal to tell each story, rather than film the general melee after each eruption -we wanted to tell a narrative story so we could bring our audience closer to the drama and the individuals fighting for their lives. So we follow each character on their quest and try to draw that fine line – avoid being anthropomorphic, yet at the same by revealing the unique and astonishing ways these animals are adapted to live among active volcanoes we allow the opportunity to engage and empathise with them on their journey. The result is an intimate and evergreen wildlife series, where 5.1 surround sound and color grading are as important as field work.

Although they are linked to a specific eruption, and therefore unique, each film is a labour of love and crafted to last: in their fight for survival animals become heroes and heroes never die...

As for the science episodes... Volcanoes remind us that we are also part of nature: even we can’t defy their destructive forces. Even we have to face their wrath or flee. But at least we have scientists to help us - anticipate an eruption.

On this basis, the LIFE ON FIRE series would not be complete without these two additional and complementary episodes showing how we currently live with and react to volcanoes:

a) “Volcano Doctors” portrays the current technological revolution driven by the extensive use of telemetry to monitor volcanoes. It reveals the conflict between the scientists risking their lives to understand and predict the next eruption set against the pragmatism of people who live and work in the shadow of moody volcanoes and who will not run until they see the fire actually coming down the mountain towards them. By covering ten different eruptions between 2008 and 2010, the film might give the viewer that we are winning the battle !

b) but, quite the contrary, “Icelandic Volcanoes, who is next?, reveals that Eyjafjallajökull –though it caused havoc- was in geological history a relatively minor eruption and that several other volcanoes with the potential to create far greater catastrophe are simply biding their time...

Still today, Icelandic people consider volcanoes almost as deities, mostly female. They tell us that no matter how much we study them, we should both fear and worship them, and respect the power they have both to destroy and recreate our landscape... After spending five years working on the LIFE ON FIRE series and covering 42 different eruptions, we got their point and hope to spread their message.

At least, it seems we have been seen and heard on Eden !

French and German audiences will have to wait May, 29th to screen these films.

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