BBC Worldwide has ordered a ten-part docu-soap about the residents of a Fortitude-style town located in the Arctic Circle from Hello Halo.

The Greenbird-backed indie is to make Svalbard (WT), a 10 x 60-minute series for international channel BBC Earth’s Unplugged strand.

Longyearbyen on Svalbard is located high in the Arctic circle and is one of the world’s most remote towns, home to an expat community of Americans, Brits and Norwegians.
Viewers will get an insight into what life is like for residents, in the town where conditions are so extreme births and deaths are outlawed and one man travels by canoe for seven hours to meet a date.

“Svalbard’s combination of larger than life characters, will captivate our international audiences,” said Julie Swanston, vice president of commissioning for BBCW. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Hello Halo to bring the town of Longyearbyen, an isolated outpost in the breath taking wilderness of Svalbard, to the world.”

Wendy Rattray, who will exec produce alongside BBC Earth’s Kirsty Hanson said the show would shine a light onto a “strange and quirky” world.

“With extreme arctic conditions, three months of total darkness and the ever-present danger of polar bears, Svalbard is not your average neighbourhood,” said Rattray.

Svalbard is due to air next year, with BBCW still on the lookout for another series for Earth’s 8pm-10pm Unplugged slot.