Team Britannia signs global TV deal

Team Britannia has clinched its first major TV deal with the Discovery Channel. Filmed by UK-based Lime Pictures and due for broadcast early next year, the 10 part series will feature the development, construction and testing of the team’s unique round-the-world powerboat, looking at the innovative products and science behind the £2.9 million circumnavigation record attempt. The Discovery Channel broadcasts in 170 countries with a global audience of more than half a billion.

The round the world boat is a completely new design from Professor Bob Cripps, former Technical Director of VT Halmatic. Constructed out of marine grade aluminium, it encompasses “an exceptionally efficient hull” which will cut fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent. In addition to the design, the vessel will be powered by a revolutionary fuel emulsion, a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifying agent from SulNOx Fuel Fusions. This will reduce harmful emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. The effects of the emulsified fuel on the engines and the emissions will be monitored for the duration of the voyage and the results published online.

“Securing this TV deal with the highly respected Lime Pictures and Discovery Channel,” said Team Britannia principal Alan Priddy, “shows the potential of the project, and how everyone involved is pushing the boundaries of science and engineering.”

“We have an incredible story to tell, including the knocks. The previous design and hull, which was destroyed by fire and the short delay in this construction while the final elements of financial support have been secured will all be covered. But against these, there have been the many achievements and then the human stories of the crew, especially the wounded servicemen and women who will be joining us.”

As part of the deal, Lime Pictures will embed a cameraman/woman on board the boat during UK sea trials, where the boat will be tested both empty and fully laden, before completing two 1500-mile circuits of the British Isles.

“The whole team is very excited by the news of the deal with Lime Pictures and the Discovery Channel,” Alan continued. “We have a top production company and broadcaster to record everything we are doing up to the start of the record attempt in November. They will have free and unfettered access to the project at every stage, including the crew, so those watching will get a true sense of why this particular record remains one of the toughest, and why it has only been attempted three times before.”

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