BBC Earth adds series for ‘Unplugged’ strand

BBC Worldwide has greenlit natural history series Fishing Impossible and What Planet Are You On? to air globally on BBC Earth.
August 26, 2015

BBC Worldwide has greenlit Fishing Impossible and What Planet Are You On? (working title) for global nature channel BBC Earth.

The programs will join the previously announced series Extreme Weather: The Survivors on the channel’s ‘Earth Unplugged’ strand.

The 10-part Fishing Impossible follows a group of maverick fishing specialists who set out to catch sea creatures that cannot be caught using conventional fishing gear. It is a coproduction with ITV and is being produced by Alaska. Hannah Demidowicz is the executive producer for BBC Earth and Chris Fouracre is executive producer for Alaska.

Produced by BBC Earth Productions, What Planet Are You On? is a 10 x 25-minute archival series billed as “blue-chip rebooted for the digital age.” Executive producer for BBC Worldwide is Kirsty Hanson and Katie Brosnan is exec producing for BBC Earth.

Extreme Weather is a Darlow Smithson-produced series for BBC Earth and Channel 5 that covers ferocious weather events through the eyes of Brits abroad who experienced them.

BBC Worldwide has the international distribution rights for both Fishing Impossible and Extreme Weather excluding the UK and Ireland. The distributor has all global rights for What Planet Are You On?

“Our first slate of new commissions reflects the breadth of content that we are seeking for the ‘Earth Unplugged’ slot,” said Julie Swanston, VP of commissioning for BBC Worldwide channels. “Fast-paced, visceral adventure, exceptional characters and an irreverent new look at blue-chip natural history. This is compelling, lean-in television that has global appeal.”

BBC Earth has been rolling out globally for much of the year. Launches are planned for Latin America and South Africa in September and Asia in October. The natural history channel has already gone live in the Nordics, Poland, Turkey, Romania, Hungary and Slovenia.

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