ITV has confirmed that Wild at Heart, which stars Stephen Tompkinson as a vet working in South Africa, is to return for a fifth series.
The series, on which Tompkinson also serves as co-executive producer, has been recommissioned for a further ten episodes after this year’s series averaged nearly eight million viewers.
Back among the lions, giraffes and elephants, love is continuing to blossom for Danny Trevanion (Tompkinson) and fellow vet Alice Collins (Steele – Sea of Souls, Monarch of the Glen) but will Danny have the courage to commit to her? Throughout the series the pair will face many challenges, not least the pressure of working together, and Alice must make some difficult decisions about her future at Leopard’s Den.
After a turbulent courtship, everyone’s favourite gruff Afrikaner, Anders Du Plessis (Deon Stewardson), is set to marry his beloved Caroline (Hayley Mills). Wedding plans are finalised but could someone from Caroline’s past threaten their happiness?
Alice’s estranged brother Rowan (Cal Macaninch – Holby Blue, Sorted), has installed himself at Mara making the rivalry between the two reserves more intense than ever. Alice is desperate to repair the relationship with her brother, but how far can Rowan be trusted? Is his attraction to business partner, Vanessa (Mary-Anne Barlow), genuine or does he simply want to get his hands on Mara?
Filming is set to start in July.