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The distribution arm of ITV, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and its subsidiary, Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), a producer of natural history, factual and science content are teaming with Japanese public broadcaster NHK on a new 4K natural history programme.

Timed for the lead up to the Olympics in Tokyo in summer 2020, Wild Tokyo (1 x 60’) will feature 4K photography, shot by the world’s leading natural history cinematographers to reveal an unseen side of Japan’s capital city.

Behind Tokyo’s metropolitan area, home to 38 million people, are natural refuges where wildlife has adapted and learnt to co-habit in Earth’s most human-dense territory. These include some of the rarest animals in the world, and scientists are devoting increased time, energy and money into studying the human-animal cohabitations. The programme covers the mountainous forests of Tokyo’s Okutama region, along the Tama River, through the wild sanctuaries of Tokyo’s city centre and out to its network of volcanic islands - Wild Tokyo.

Commenting on the project, NHK executive producer Masa Hayakawa said: “I'm delighted to be producing Wild Tokyo in this special Olympic year. With OSF's help I'm confident this film will be visually stunning and will reveal wildlife and behaviour rarely seen in Tokyo.”

Clare Birks, CEO of Oxford Scientific Films added: “We were delighted to have the opportunity of co-producing a blue-chip natural history film with NHK, one of the world’s most respected public service broadcasters. We feel privileged to be entrusted with showcasing their iconic city and its extraordinary wildlife and we are looking forward to working with the NHK natural history team. ITV's support is confirmation of the genre's increasing commercial appeal.”