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Risk assessment and security cover for extreme TV team

Pilgrims Group : 15 October, 2009  (Application Story)
The cast and crew of "By Any Means" is being shown on the BBC are covered by Pilgrims Group for assessment of risk, monitoring and physical security protection during the making of the show in diverse countries
Risk assessment and security cover for extreme TV team


Security Risk Management experts Pilgrims Group has provided information and intelligence advice on diverse countries such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and the South China Sea, for Charlie Boorman's latest extreme travel television adventure. The challenge, currently being shown on BBC2, saw Charlie travel By Any Means through some of the world's most hostile terrain and across the most treacherous oceans. As official security provider with an ongoing partnership, the Big Earth team rely upon Pilgrims' Information Services department to provide country specific risk assessments prior to the start of their trips in order to satisfy the BBC's stringent due diligence. The Pilgrims Global Operation Centre also provided 24/7 security and evacuation cover for the expedition. "We collate, cross-reference, analyse and add expert comment to thousands of raw information sources every month," said David Strachan-Morris, Manager of Pilgrims' Information Services team of intelligence analysts. "Every month on behalf of our international business clients, we transform this raw information into actionable intelligence reporting. By Any Means is the latest adventure from Big Earth, the team that produced the hit travel series Long Way Down, featuring Ewan McGregor, and By Any Means. True to the By Any Means formula, the new series sees Boorman tested to his limits as he gets behind the wheel of every vehicle he can lay his hands on from spitfires, jeepneys and outrigger canoes, through to the occasional motorbike. "Pilgrims has an exceptional reputation for their work within the industry and is able to offer a fully comprehensive support system to our By Any Means expedition," said Big Earth Production Coordinator, Sarah Blackett. Due to its heritage of performing security tasks anywhere in the world, Pilgrims' Operational Consulting services, feeds its own information collection operations, providing first-hand insights from its offices and teams around the globe, all of which is managed through Pilgrims operations centre, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  "Providing detailed risk assessment and contingency planning for such a fluid task offered its own challenges,"  said William Freear, Pilgrims Managing Director. "We constantly create specific reports for our clients going into hostile environments, which are key to safe operations. " Charley's progress can be followed by watching By Any Means 2 shown on BBC2, Sundays at 9pm.


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