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PBS, BBC prep three-part live New England nature special

PBS has partnered with British pubcaster BBC to co-produce the three-part live series Autumnwatch: New England. The three episodes will air live from Squam Lake, New Hampshire on BBC2 and PBS in different, ...
August 29, 2018

PBS has partnered with British pubcaster BBC to co-produce the three-part live series Autumnwatch: New England.

The three episodes will air live from Squam Lake, New Hampshire on BBC2 and PBS in different, localized versions. Each episode features local experts in food, wildlife, music, literature and history, joining the hosts to explore different cultural traditions, historical sites and local wildlife.

Segments include looks at Native American history and traditions, Halloween traditions, regional fairs and the local farms that produce the region’s apples, pumpkins, cranberries and maple syrup.

Additionally, the series focuses on New England’s famous spectacle of leaves changing color before winter, including time-lapse photography of the yearly event. The program examines the science behind the changing landscape, revealing how temperature affects the foliage, which in turn triggers specific behaviors in the surrounding wildlife.

On BBC2, hosts Chris Packham (pictured left), Michaela Strachan (center) and Gillian Burke (right) present the multi-platform television experience from Squam Lake, New Hampshire, mixing live feeds with pre-taped footage from around the region.

Over on PBS, Packham will co-host with Samantha Brown and Bob Poole from Squam Lake.

Co-produced by BBC Studios Natural History and PBS, Autumnwatch: New England is executive produced by Rosemary Edwards and series produced by Chris Howard. Tom McDonald, BBC head of commissioning, and Bill Margol, senior director of programming and development at PBS, will oversee the project.

“The co-production partnership with BBC brings this American experience to television, and we look forward to presenting this ambitious live production together,” said Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development at BBC, in a statement.

The special will air on PBS Oct. 17 and 18 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET, and Oct. 19 from 8:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. ET. It will also air in October on BBC2.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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