Wild at Heart (TV series)

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Wild at Heart
Alt=Series titles over an african landscape
GenreFamily drama
Created byAshley Pharoah
StarringStephen Tompkinson
Dawn Steele
Robert Bathurst
Lucy-Jo Hudson
Jill Halfpenny
Olivia Scott-Taylor
Deon Stewardson
Hayley Mills
Nomsa Xaba
Thapelo Mokoena
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language(s)English
No. of series7/8 after finale
No. of episodes64 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Glen Afric Country Lodge, Broederstroom, North West province, 0240, South Africa
Running time43–48 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelITV (ITV1/STV/UTV)
(also ITV1 HD/STV HD/UTV HD)
Picture format16:9 1080i HD
Original airing

29 January 2006 (2006-01-29)

Life Is Wild
(US version)
 
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Wild at Heart
Alt=Series titles over an african landscape
GenreFamily drama
Created byAshley Pharoah
StarringStephen Tompkinson
Dawn Steele
Robert Bathurst
Lucy-Jo Hudson
Jill Halfpenny
Olivia Scott-Taylor
Deon Stewardson
Hayley Mills
Nomsa Xaba
Thapelo Mokoena
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language(s)English
No. of series7/8 after finale
No. of episodes64 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Glen Afric Country Lodge, Broederstroom, North West province, 0240, South Africa
Running time43–48 minutes
Production company(s)Company Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelITV (ITV1/STV/UTV)
(also ITV1 HD/STV HD/UTV HD)
Picture format16:9 1080i HD
Original airing

29 January 2006 (2006-01-29)

Life Is Wild
(US version)

Wild at Heart is an ITV television drama series about a Bristol-based veterinary surgeon and his family, who emigrate to a nature reserve in South Africa and open up a game park.

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History

The show first aired on ITV Network on 29 January 2006, and ran for seven seasons until its final episode on 11 March 2012. It is shot on location at the Glen Afric Country Lodge in Broederstroom, North West Provice, South Africa. The cast includes Stephen Tompkinson, Hayley Mills, Olivia Scott-Taylor, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Deon Stewardson, Nomsa Xaba, Thapelo Mokoena, Atandwa Kani, Tarryn Faye Brummage, Robert Bathurst, Jill Halfpenny, and Dawn Steele. (Steele appeared regularly as Alice Trevanion, but was away on maternity leave for all but one episode of season seven).

The show aired as a simulcast from the ITV Network on TV3 Ireland.[1] After the success of the American pilot, it was renamed Life Is Wild and taken up by The CW Television Network in the United States and by the Hallmark network in the United Kingdom and South Africa. ITV announced in February 2012 that the show was cancelled due to low ratings.

ITV have confirmed that there will not be a full eighth series, but the show is to be resurrected for either two 1 hour long episodes or one 2 hour long episode around Christmas and New Year of this year as an 8th mini-series and will introduce new characters, problems, animal situations and this will bring the show to close on a high note but from the sounds of things the way the finale has been written it seems as if the long-running family drama could easily be resurrected and brought back to our screens but we just have to wait and see.

Cast and characters

ActorCharacterPrevious actorDurationNotes
Stephen TompkinsonDanny Trevanion2006–2012
Deon StewardsonAnders Du Plessis2006–2012
Nomsa XabaNomsa Nguni2006–2012
Olivia Scott-TaylorOlivia Adams TrevanionRafaella Hutchinson2006–08, 2010–2012
Lucy-Jo HudsonRosie Trevanion2006–09, 2012
Hayley MillsCaroline Du Plessis2007-2012
Thapelo MokoenaCedric Fatani2007–2012
Dawn SteeleAlice Trevanion2009–2012
Tarryn Faye BrummageCharlotte Collins TrevanionMegan Martell2009–2012
Atandwa KaniThabo2010–2012(Also starred in Life is Wild)
Robert BathurstEd Lynch2012
Jill HalfpennyFiona Lynch2012

Past characters

ActorCharacterDurationNotes
Amanda HoldenSarah Trevanion2006–08
David ButlerChristian Peeters
Luke Peeters
2011–12
2012
(Also starred in Life is Wild)
Niama McLeanBuhle2010–11
Kagiso LegoadiCashile2010–11
Sithokomele MajolaJunior Fatani2011
BovrilJana the Cheetah2006–11
Mary Anne BarlowVanessa2009–11
HamleyHamley the Giraffe2006–11
Cal MacAninchRowan Collins2009–10
Fana MokoenaMr Ekotto2007–10Recurring Character
Luke Ward-WilkinsonEvan Adams/Trevanion2006–09
Juliet MillsGeorgina Black2009
Shana BurtonGrace2009
Martinus Van Der BergMax Gifthold2007–09
Wayne Van RooyenKirk Du Plessis2007–09
Kim CloeteNeema Du Plessis2008–09
Unknown actor/actressAmber Du Plessis2009
Mbongeni NhlapoRegal2006–08
Jessie WallaceAmy Kriel2008
Craig GardnerElliot Kriel2008
Busi LurayiThandi Nguni2007–08
Gary LawsonAlex Tate2006–07
Siyabonga Melongisi ShibeThemba Khumalo2006

Guest characters

ActorCharacterDurationNotes
Dominika JablonskaBeth2012
Bryan Van NiekerkJonas Rittman2011
Warren ClarkeRobert Trevanion2011
Camilla WaldmanHannah2010
Nicholas Le PrevostGene2010
Susie BlakeJudith2008
Maggie O'NeillElaine2008
Samantha WomackTessa2007
Geoffrey HutchingsBill2007
Vincent ReganSimon Adams2006–07

Ratings

SeriesEpisodesAiredAverage Viewers (million)
1629 January – 5 March 20069.67
21014 January – 25 March 20077.94
3813 January – 9 March 20088.16
41011 January – 15 March 20097.99
51010 January – 14 March 20107.71
6109 January – 13 March 20118.09
7108 January – 11 March 20127.53

All ratings have been retrieved from www.barb.co.uk[full citation needed] and include ITV1 HD & ITV1 +1 for series 6 onwards.

Series synopses

Series 1 (2006)

Wild at Heart introduces the Trevanion family at home in Bristol. An abandoned vervet monkey is brought into Danny's surgery, and his wife Sarah suggests taking it to Africa to rehabilitate it. The series shows the Trevanions settling into life in the bush and working to create a game park, Leopard's Den. They face challenges such as lethal snakebites, a deadly strain of anthrax, lionesses, missing children, uninvited guests and Mara, a rival game park whose manager causes trouble whenever he can.

Series 2 (2007)

The Trevanions struggle with finances while trying to satisfy their first proper guests' requirements for luxury accommodation and game drives. The original owner of Mara is killed while illegally hunting, and the new one seems even more intent on causing mayhem, as he takes water from the watering hole at Leopard's Den and then tries to buy them out.

Many new characters are introduced during series 2, and many complications arise: a bitter inspector nearly shuts them down; Sarah's difficult mother Caroline arrives; a plane crashes; an almost fatal lion attack nearly ends the family's time in Africa.

Series 3 (2008)

The main theme of this series is the Trevanions' project to open an animal hospital. It almost comes to fruition, but is thwarted when a fire strikes the luxury guest lodge. Elliot Kriel, the new American owner of Mara, appears friendly at first, but becomes hostile after a betrayal. Sarah returns to her teaching roots when the local school needs a teacher. Tiger cubs go missing. Rosie Trevanion gets engaged, but fire ruins the wedding day and Sarah dies trying to save a cheetah.

Series 4 (2009)

Twelve months after the fire in the guest lodge, Danny battles for custody of Evan[clarification needed] and loses, although Evan is eventually allowed to return to the game reserve. A new vet, Alice Collins, joins Leopard's Den and develops feelings for Danny.

In the penultimate episode, a storm hits Leopard's Den. In the ensuing commotion, Vanessa, the owner of Mara, stirs up trouble by falsely claiming to be in a relationship with Danny. Alice is about to leave because of this, but Danny finds her and they declare their love for one another.

Series 5 (2010)

The fifth series focuses on intra- and inter-family subplots involving the Trevanions, Alice and her brother Rowan, and Vanessa and her father. At the end of the series, Danny and Alice become engaged with the blessing of his stepdaughter Olivia, and Vanessa is in a relationship with Rowan, with whose money she has bought out her father's share of Mara.

Series 6 (2011)

While on honeymoon in London with Alice, Danny meets up with his estranged father, Robert (Warren Clarke), who is dying. They return to Leopard's Den to try to save the lions there. Robert buys a new pride of lions for the Trevanions before going into the bush to die. Danny hires Thabo, a young offender, to help with the lion-breeding project as part of his community service. Danny applies for the role of state vet.

They face many problems, including a geologist who arouses suspicion when he arrives to survey the area, a rogue baboon at Leopard's Den, struggles with the lion-breeding program, the arrival of Thabo's delinquent older brother, and a plane full of illegally imported animals destined for Mara. Meanwhile, the Trevanions learn that Alice is pregnant with Danny's child.

A new mining company, Afrispec, starts blasting, which affects the animals' behaviour, kills many, and injures Danny. Afrispec tries to buy Mara to use as a conference centre and Leopard's Den to use as a motorway between the mine and the centre. With financial problems at Mara, Vanessa sells up. Afrispec takes Leopard's Den to the High Court to force its sale. The Trevanions are all but forced out until they learn that Afrispec employees have been poaching rhinoceros horns. They agree not to tell the press provided Afrispec's work on Leopard's Den is halted.

Series 7 (2012)

The seventh series begins with Danny and Du Plessis working at the Big Five. The family return to Africa and to their new home, Clearwater Farm. Thabo announces that Afrispec is dropping out of the mine and Leopard's Den is back on the market. The family try to buy back their old home, but find they cannot afford it. Ed Lynch offers Danny to go into a partnership and Danny eventually agrees. Danny goes to prison briefly for a crime he may not have committed and Du Plessis seeks to prove his innocence. The residents of Leopard's Den discover that a drug they are using is harmful to their pregnant animals which negatively affects their funding. Danny decides to return to the UK. Ed and Fiona plan to turn Leopard's Den into a research project for farm animals. Danny is en route to the airport when elephants get in the way and decides to head back home to Leopard's Den.

Series 8 (final episode/s 2012/13)

Alice will return in which will cause stress for her combining work and caring for a baby which leads to tensions between herself and Danny and things heat up when flirtatious new neighbor Martin makes a play for her. Liv is furious that Fatani hasn’t told his mother about their relationship while nobody likes Rosie’s fiancé Dylan. With only days to go to the wedding, a trip to the doctor brings devastating news for Du Plessis. His heart is weak and without immediate bed rest he must prepare for the worst and the family are left devastated when there three-legged cheetah Cassidy is stolen by poachers. With tensions at boiling point Du Plessis realizes he has to use his time remaining to fix his ailing family. He persuades pilot Dylan to fly them all out to Zimbabwe to rescue the cheetahs to prove to Danny that his future son in law is worthy. Du Plessis begs Dylan to save the cheetahs on his own to prove himself to Danny but the situation seems impossible. As the wedding approaches Danny and Du Plessis set out on one last adventure with the bride and groom to be. When the poacher’s identity is revealed, Rosie is forced to fly the plane away from danger and it looks as though Du Plessis has hatched his last disastrous plan.

Soundtrack release

The music for the show was composed by Tristin Norwell and Nick Green.[2] The soundtrack is available as a download distributed by AWAL. All profits from its sale are donated to Save The Children.

"Coming Home – Soundtrack to the TV Series Wild At Heart" (download)1 February 2010 [3]

Offscreen

On 9 November 2010, cast and crew returned to the Glen Afric reserve to find that Hamley, a very friendly giraffe that had appeared regularly in the series, had been killed by a lightning strike during a thunderstorm.[4]

DVD release

DVDRelease date
The Complete First Series (2 discs)3 April 2006 [5]
The Complete Second Series (3 discs)18 February 2008[6]
The Complete Third Series (3 discs)2 February 2009 [7]
The Complete Fourth Series (3 discs)1 February 2010 [8]
The Complete Fifth Series (3 discs)7 February 2011
The Complete Sixth Series (3 discs)6 February 2012 (Amazon.co.uk)
The Complete Seventh Series (3 discs)20 August 2012 (Amazon.co.uk)

These are all distributed by Acorn Media UK.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.tv3.ie/shows.php?request=wildatheart[dead link]
  2. ^ "SMA Talent: Composers - GREEN, Nick". SMA Talent Ltd. http://www.smatalent.com/composers/green-nick/. Retrieved 2012-09-06. "Nick Green was an established recording artist and songwriter when he teamed up with record producer Tristin Norwell to create tv drama and film scores. After some 8 years they’ve now gone their separate ways with Nick further concentrating on establishing himself as a solo composer. He is currently working on the feature Love Bite for Ecosse Films and director Andy De Emmony. Their joint credits include six series of Wild at Heart for Company Pictures/BBC1." 
  3. ^ Coming Home – Soundtrack to the TV Series Wild At Heart
  4. ^ "BBC News - Lightning bolt kills Wild At Heart giraffe". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-11-09. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11718785. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  5. ^ Wild At Heart Series 1
  6. ^ Wild At Heart: Series 2
  7. ^ Wild At Heart Series 3
  8. ^ Wild at Heart Series 4 DVD release date

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