BBC2 embarking on “Plant Odysseys”

UK pubcaster BBC2 has ordered a 4 x 30-minute series entitled Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys (pictured) from London-based indie Oxford Scientific Films in coproduction with Korea's Paan Media.
February 20, 2015

UK pubcaster BBC2 has ordered a 4 x 30-minute series entitled Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys (pictured) from London-based indie Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) and Korea’s Paan Media.

The four-part copro - which is to debut on BBC2 this spring – will see TV gardener Klein exploring the botanical history of four garden plants, including the rose, tulip, iris and water lily. The presenter is to trace each plant’s evolution through time as well as its unique characteristics.

“Botany is a mysterious and intriguing subject,” said Caroline Hawkins, creative director of Oxford Scientific Films, in a statement. “It has been an absolute delight to discover such wonderful facts about our favorite flowers. I hope gardeners and non-gardeners alike will enjoy what we show them.”

Clare Birks, CEO of Oxford Scientific Films, added: “It’s unusual to attract coproduction funding to a features idea but the Koreans loved the visual ambition we had for the show and their money really enabled us to up the production values.”

The series was ordered by Alison Kirkham, head of commissioning for factual features and formats, at BBC2. Jonathan Barker is serving as series director, and OSF’s Caroline Hawkins and Paan’s KC Lee are exec producing.  Directors include Barker and Barny Revill and OSF’s Oliver Page is serving as edit producer.

Worldwide sales for the series are being handled by BBC Worldwide.

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