RTL to coproduce BBC’s “Hidden Kingdom”

The partnership marks the first time the German broadcaster has teamed up with the BBC's Natural History Unit on a series. The two networks also signed a program licensing deal that will see 45 hours of content broadcast on RTL Nitro and RTL Living.
May 14, 2012

German broadcaster RTL has come on board BBC Worldwide’s forthcoming natural history series Hidden Kingdom as a coproduction partner.

The series is being made by the BBC Natural History Unit for terrestrial channel BBC1, and will use microscopic photography techniques to examine nature in the Amazon Rainforest, the African Savannah and the Mojave Desert. Other broadcaster partners include Discovery and France 2.

Hidden Kingdom marks the first time the two broadcasters have worked together on a natural history project. RTL head of infotainment Agnes Ostrop will executive produce a 1 x 90-minute German-language version that will air on the network in primetime. Mike Gunton will executive produce a three-part version for the BBC.

“RTL has long been a valued partner of BBC Worldwide and we are thrilled they are venturing for the first time into natural history coproducing on this phenomenal project,” said Isabelle Helle, the BBC’s head of German speaking territories, in a statement.

BBC Worldwide also signed a program licensing deal with RTL for 45 hours of content. The deal covers factual titles Bomb Squad and Bomb Hunters, which will premiere on RTL’s new free-to-air channel RTL Nitro. Titles to premiere on RTL Living include Brazil with Michael Palin, How to Grow a Planet and After Life – the Strange World of Decay.

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