Face to face with Underwater Vampires in new series of River Monsters
Angler adventurer Jeremy Wade returns with his most punishing missions yet, to track down and reveal the true identity of more monstrous fresh water fish, in the fifth series of the ITV hit River Monsters, produced by Icon Films.
For more than 30 years, Jeremy has travelled all over the world on the trail of legendary River Monsters and in this seven-part series his quests include the search for a mutant fish in the nuclear wastelands of Russia’s Chernobyl, an underwater vampire and perhaps the most famous freshwater cryptid ever — Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
‘Atomic Assassin’ opens the series with as Jeremy is thrown headfirst into his most dangerous challenge to date. Stories of grizzly attacks in a remote rural corner of Ukraine take him on the hunt for an elusive lake monster and the trail soon lands him an unlikely location: the site of the worst nuclear accident in human history, Chernobyl’s reactor number 4. In a nerve-shredding race against radiation and time, can he uncover the culprit and could a Catfish really be the gargantuan mutant?
Travelling to little the known waters of Colombia, one of the most dangerous countries in South America, Jeremy searches for a River Monster thought to have dragged a honeymoon bride to her death. A dramatic investigation unfolds, pushing his fishing gear past breaking point, to reveal the identity of the ‘Colombian Slasher’. Footage shot on a super high speed camera, reveals just how a River Stingray could be responsible.
On the Canadian-U.S. border lies a vast and brooding lake that hides a dark history. For Native Americans, it’s an ancient and sacred site home to underwater spirits. But recently, something has risen from the murky depths to attack swimmers and stories abound of a nightmarish invasion of primordial bloodsuckers. Jeremy journeys to the heart of a thundering waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and embarks on a punishing mission to battle the most ancient river monster he’s ever encountered. To reveal the true identity of these un-hookable aquatic vampires Jeremy has to swap his rod for his bare hands and with this traditional technique and the help of the Grand Ronde, he comes face to face with the primordial Lamprey.
For centuries, the murky depths of Loch Ness in Scotland have given rise to suspicion and obsession. In the first of this two-part exploration, Jeremy sets out to examine the mountain of evidence, review famous sightings and photographs, and talk to eye witnesses, to begin his research into the real creature that lies behind the myth of the Loch Ness Monster.
In the second part, Jeremy leaves the Loch to embark on a mission to the Arctic Circle, on the trail of Nordic legend. In Iceland he endures one of his most extreme fishing expeditions. After fishing for 400 rod hours and reeling in 50 miles of line Jeremy hooks a real rarity, the Greenland Shark, that he believes lies behind the myth of the Loch Ness Monster.
In Nicaragua, in the heart of Central America, a land known for its remote jungle waterways lurks a creature believed to reach eight-feet in length and weighing up to three hundred pounds. It instils fear in all who encounter it, as it’s known to leap into fishermen’s boats and cause fatal injuries. Jeremy is taken to breaking point as he relearns everything he knows about fishing, and takes to heavy duty fly fishing from a float tube, a first for him, to catch the illusive and deadly Tarpon.
Jeremy travels to Bolivia on a challenging journey to the site of a brutal attack on a remote river. In the epic search his knowledge and skill are tested to the limit, as he comes face to face with one of his oldest adversaries. He hears his first eye witness account of red bellied piranhas attacking people and discovers how a species’ behaviour can adapt in order to survive.
River Monsters season 5 starts 2014 at 7.30pm on ITV, date tbc
A full one-hour long version will be shown on ITV4 from February 2014, date tbc
River Monsters Face–To-Face with Jeremy Wade on Tour March 2014 www.RiverMonsters.TV
For more information visit the Icon Films website