Jeremy Wade’s American popularity continues to soar as the latest River Monsters TV series signed off with record viewing figures - and the former teacher has even landed a cameo role in an upcoming horror movie.
Stateside viewers saw the final episode of series six last night (Monday), just days after series seven was confirmed for the Animal Planet network. Wade also makes a brief appearance in horror film Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, which premieres on the channel this Sunday.
So far only five series of River Monsters have aired in the UK on ITV, but, although no contracts have been signed, series six is likely to be on our screens early next year.
Over in America, the first episode of series six was watched by the programme’s biggest-ever audience. The two-hour opener, titled Amazon Apocalypse, was watched by an average of 1.7m viewers.
A statement from Animal Planet last week said: “[The] best-performing series in network history for six consecutive seasons, River Monsters, has been renewed for a seventh season.
“Biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade made the announcement while filming from an undisclosed location in Asia, saying the series would return in 2015 with more episodes. Wade also mentioned he will make a cameo in the upcoming Blood Lake.”
Wade is currently in Singapore on a live promotional tour. A trailer for Blood Lake, which is made by the same people who produced cult horror movie Sharknado, can be watched at www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/blood-lake