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Serious (TV series)

The Serious TV series is an observational documentary series made by the BBC and broadcast as part of their children's programming and produced as part of the BBC Talent initiative. It encompasses Serious Jungle (2002), Serious Desert (2003), Serious Arctic (2004), Serious Amazon (2005), Serious Andes (2006) and Serious Ocean (2008). Each series consists of six 30-minute episodes, which follow a group of eight 12- to 15-year-olds as they embark on an expedition to various exotic parts of the world, in order to help wildlife or assist in environmental projects. The programmes have won numerous awards, among them honours from BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.

The series has also been shown on Discovery Kids, where five complete seasons have been shown.

Serious Jungle

Serious Jungle aired in 2002. Eight challengers faced a mission to build a feeding platform in the heart of the Borneo jungle, to save orang-utans from being illegally kept as pets. They built an orang-utan outpost in three weeks, before heading back to the UK. The Serious Jungle eight were accompanied by expedition leaders Bruce Parry and Emma Jay.

Serious Jungle Adventurers
Adventurer Age Location
Daniel
12
St. Helens, Merseyside, England
Imogen
13
London, England
Hannah
14
Sidcup, Kent, England
J.C.
14
Nantwich, Cheshire, England
Laura
14
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England
Luke
14
Basildon, Essex, England
Susan
14
London, England
Larry
15
Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England

Larry gave an interview in 2007, giving advice to those about to apply for Serious Ocean, as well as some advice for successful applicants.

Serious Desert

Serious Desert aired in 2003. After 6,500 applications, eight challengers were picked to travel to Namibia and try and save the endangered black rhinoceros. They sleep under tarpaulin in the dunes and see black rhinos, but also wildebeest, zebra, springbok, giraffes, jackals, snakes, scorpions and elephants. They built a new camel enclosure and finally make a short 5km trek across the Namibian sand dunes to the Skeleton Coast. Returning from the previous series, Bruce Parry and Emma Jay were the expedition leaders who led the team.

Serious Desert Challengers
Adventurer Age Location
Ellie
14
London, England
Holly
13
Bristol, England
Martin
14
London, England
Chris
14
Devon, England
Perry
14
Sunderland, England
Promise
13
London, England
Aimee
15
Belfast, Northern Ireland
David
15
Edinburgh, Scotland

Ellie celebrated her 14th birthday during the expedition.

Along with Larry from the previous series, Promise was interviewed in 2007, giving her opinion on what it was like to have the cameras following her around on the expedition.

Serious Arctic

Serious Arctic aired in 2005, where eight challengers flew to Canada, where they made an attempt to track polar bears across the pack ice, riding on husky sleds. Blizzards made the trip a hazard, and they spent most of one week in their tents. "Serious Arctic" was also the most successful "Serious" series picking up all but one award it was entered for. Furthermore, it was the most televised expedition out of the series, and a book was released during December 2007, entitled Serious Survival: How to Poo in the Arctic and Other Essential Tips, owing to the success of its broadcasting history. The expedition leaders for this outing were Ben Major and Emma Jay.

Serious Arctic Challengers
Adventurer Age Location
Adam
13
Liverpool, England
Fabian
13
Birmingham, England
Courtenay
14
Vale of Glamorgan, North Cardiff, Wales
Alex
14
Sheffield, England
Emily
14
Altrincham, Cheshire, England
Jennielyn
15
Essex, England
Lewis
15
London, England
Matthew
15
Ringwood, Bournemouth, England

Adam and Fabian each celebrated their 13th birthdays during the expedition.

Serious Amazon

Serious Amazon aired in 2006, and had a then-record of 29,000 12- to 15-year-olds auditioning for a part. The chosen team of eight left for South America on 9th July 2005, with a mission to help rare Uakari monkeys and Pink River Dolphins caught in illegal fishing nets in the Amazon River. The team of eight removed the illegal fishing nets to leave the dolphins safe, and also built habitats for the Bald Uakari. The Serious Amazon eight were accompanied by expedition leaders Ben Major and Polly Murray.

Serious Amazon Challengers
Adventurer Age Location
Bethany
15
Essex, England
Georgia Groome
13
Derby, England
Jamie
14
Gwent, Wales
Matt
14
Liverpool, England
Cally
13
Edinburgh, Scotland
Simran
14
Berkshire, England
Jonathan
13
London, England
Sam
14
Edinburgh, Scotland

Serious Andes

Serious Andes aired in 2007, and followed eight adventurers who, after being chosen from a then-record 36,000 12- to 15-year-olds, travelled to Ecuador to build an enclosure for spectacled bears. They also set out to climb the Cotapaxi volcano, the youngest team ever to have done so. Only four of the adventurers (Erin, Kylie, Will and Caitlin) were able to conquer the volcano, as the other four adventurers (Sarah, Liam, Matt & Joshua) were unable to do so, with some succumbing to Acute Mountain Sickness. The Serious Andes eight were again accompanied by Ben Major and Polly Murray.

Serious Andes Challengers
Adventurer Age Location
Joshua
12
Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Will
15
High Wycombe, Bucks, England
Matt
14
Addlestone, Surrey, England
Liam
14
Addlestone, Surrey, England
Caitlin
13
Glasgow, Scotland
Erin
15
Bo'ness, Scotland
Kylie
15
Middlesbrough, England
Sarah
15
London, England

Serious Ocean

Serious Ocean was filmed in late 2007, and aired in 2008, featuring eight challengers travelling to the isolated coast of Chile, living on a boat before moving on to assist in the survey of Glacier Chloe, the most southerly glacier outside the Antarctic. They also sail around Cape Horn, in the hopes of being the youngest team ever to do so. A record total of over 40,000 12- to 15-year-olds applied for this series. The Serious Ocean eight were once again accompanied by expedition leaders Ben Major and Polly Murray.

Serious Ocean Challengers
Adventurer Age
Harry
13
Katie
14
Callum
14
Robyn
13
Charlotte
13
Conor
15
Sybil
15
David
15

Robyn celebrated her 13th birthday at the beginning of their epic 4 week journey.

Awards

The show has won two BAFTA children's awards in the Factual category; for Serious Desert in the 2004 nominations, and for Serious Arctic in the 2005 nominations. Serious Amazon was also nominated in 2006 for the same category, but lost out to Michaela's Wild Challenge. The Royal Television Society has given the series two awards; Best Children's Factual Programme in 2002 for Serious Jungle, and Best Children's Programme in 2005 for Serious Arctic. In addition, the Serious Arctic series won a 2006 Prix Jeunesse International under the Children's Jury Prize.

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