As we step into a new year, we like to showcase and celebrate the commercial projects we’ve been able to safely work on in 2021, which has made a remarkable year for Secret Compass.

It’s always a thrill to work in the extreme locations and on ground-breaking projects we manage, and despite another year of challenges 2021 was no different!

Again, we worked alongside some of the best media production teams, making TV history, and performing extraordinary feats and producing ground-breaking media, some of which never before documented.

Our teams have worked tremendously hard on 44 projects. Here are our top five highlights from 2021:

Will Smith: Welcome to Earth Series 2

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. A six-part limited series broadcasted on Disney Plus supported by National Geographic, produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Protozoa Pictures, Nutopia, and Westbrook Studios.

For a production of this scale, it required a talented and highly trained group of experts to lead Will Smith into some of the most spectacular locations in the world.

Here at Secret Compass, we were tasked to put together an expert team, to manage the safety in these remote environments.

Check out the Welcome to Earth series online on Disney Plus here

Expedition with Steve Backshall


Steve takes on four entirely new adventures to remote parts of the planet – including Saudi Arabia, Gabon and Mexico. Available on UKTV. Here at Secret Compass we were delighted to support the show with logistical and medical support.

“It’s taken literal blood, sweat and tears, but Expedition II is here. From first descents of Kamchatka whitewater, to teetering first ascents in the Middle East, mapping new cave systems, jungle adventures in West Africa, snow leopard surveys in the Tien Shan and exploratory diving for new shark nurseries”. 

– Steve Backshall.

Watch the full programme here.

Foxy’s Fearless 48 Hours

Foxy (SAS: Who Dares Wins) takes celebs Rob Delaney and Maya Jama out of their comfort zones, with intense physical challenges in the heart of Wales.

We loved developing the immense challenges for this shoot to ensure the awesome cast were pushed to their limits!

Watch the full programme here.

Limitless with Chris Hemsworth

Pushing the boundaries of human potential, this Original Series by Nat Geographic was teased in 2021 and will be available for streaming in 2022 on Disney+. Hemsworth takes on six extraordinary challenges while discovering ways to live a healthier life.

No challenge too big, here at Secret Compass we were thrilled to be asked to provide Risk and Safety management for the series.

Watch the trailer online here. Launching 2022.

Lost Cities with Albert Lin

Utilising radar, LiDar and 3D scanning, Lin works with archaeologists to discover and re-create un-excavated worlds still hidden beneath the earth.

Secret Compass managed the Safety on this exciting series for Wild Blue Media and National Geographic.

“It was a challenge launching these intense and international expeditions of discovery through the last year of protocols and lock downs, but through some incredibly dedicated teams we were able to pull it off… Such epic experiences!”

-Albert Lin.

Watch the series here.

(Banner image by Nutopia)

While you’ll often find us behind the scenes of TV and film productions, managing location, safety and risk, this year we stepped in to also provide COVID consultancy, safety and risk management for the media. Find out more on this here.