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Television Time: BBC reveals unprecedented commitment to Natural History with announcement of new landmark programmes up to 2022


Fans of David Attenborough rejoice: in a reveal from BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore, the BCC has unveiled a series of landmark natural history programmes to take the BBC’s natural history offerings into the next decade. 

Five new series have been announced to be in production as part of the globally renowned and hugely popular Planet strand, aimed to help audiences everywhere to better understand the greatest issues affecting our planet and our relationship with the natural world. Says Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual: “Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and most recently Dynasties reinvented landmark Natural History at BBC – delivering record breaking global audiences & receiving awards around the world. These new titles reveal the scale of our ambitions in Natural History – with a rich and innovative pipeline of titles up to 2022: the biggest commitment we have ever made in the genre. I am also delighted to be bringing the long awaited Frozen Planet back to our screens a decade after the first series was on air, and of course thrilled that Planet Earth will be back in the BBC‘s centenary year. Both will continue our pledge to reveal not just the world’s greatest wonders and animal behaviour but reflect the very real challenges the natural world faces.”

In the seven-part series One Planet: Seven Worlds, Sir David Attenborough presents how each of the seven continents on Earth were created and how each distinct environment has given rise to the unique animal life found there. Set to be broadcast later in 2019, get set to meet and understand why Australasia is full of peculiar and venomous wildlife and why North America is a land of opportunity where pioneers succeed, told through epic, unexpected wildlife stories where viewers experience each continent like never before. 

Broadcasting in 2020 is Perfect Planet, a five part series fusing blue chip natural history and earth sciences explaining how the living planet operates. Forces of nature take centrestage here, as viewers see how phenomena such as weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it will reveal how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them, bringing viewers intimate animal stories from the most spectacular habitats.

Meanwhile, Green Planet is set to be broadcast in 2021, and will be the first immersive portrayal of an unseen, interconnected world, full of remarkable new behaviour, emotional stories and surprising heroes in the plant world. Seeing Planet Earth from the perspective of plants, viewers journey into the green realm and discover that plants can be just as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as animals, and can even plan, count, and remember, as Green Planet make visible the amazing, hidden life of plants.

Also broadcasting in 2021, catch Frozen Planet II and go back to the wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctica. Much has changed in the ten years since the original Frozen Planet, as the BBC celebrates life in our Poles over six episodes, letting viewers explore this vast magical realm and discover frozen worlds of surprising variety and nature, the last true wildernesses of the world filled with brave animals facing extreme conditions daily. But a new threat awaits – how long before global warming takes away our frozen planet for life?

Finally, perhaps the most anticipated series of all, Planet Earth III will make its debut in 2022, bringing together the awe and wonder of the original Planet Earth, the new science and discoveries of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, and the immersive character-led storytelling of Dynasties. As the final part of the Planet Earth trilogy, this edition will take audiences to stunning new landscapes, showcase jaw-dropping newly-discovered behaviours, and follow the intense struggles of some of our planet’s most amazing animals across eight episodes to tell a truly global story. 

Says Charlotte Moore: “The BBC is world famous for its natural history programming and these new series will raise the bar even higher. We know that audiences want shows that bring them the richest narratives, the best camerawork and the highest quality production values and they look to us to deliver this. Viewers around the globe have been captivated by the incredible stories that the Planets series have told and now new technology allow us to explore even more of the natural world than ever before. These new series will look in depth at specific aspects of the natural world, giving revealing and sometimes surprising insights to animals and the habitats they live in. It’s our biggest ever commitment to natural history and one we are proud of.”

In Asia, the BBC Earth channel is available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It is available as a block in Japan on WOWOW, and as joint-venture channel Sony BBC Earth in India.

Catch BBC’s shows in Singapore on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522) and on the the BBC Player.

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