French pubcaster France Télévisions and global producer and distributor Fremantle have teamed up to acquire the adventure series Expedition with Steve Backshall.
The 10 x 60-minute series follows adventurer Steve Backshall (pictured) and his team of experts as they go on adventures around the world looking to attempt world firsts, including the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas, trekking through unexplored jungle in South America and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East.
Expedition with Steve Backshall is made by True to Nature and commissioned by BBC and UKTV in association with Fremantle.
“Expedition with Steve Backshall represents the best in factual programming and we are pleased to have France Télévisions as our first global partner for the series,” said Al De Azpiazu, VP of sales and distribution, Western Europe and international at Fremantle, in a statement. “Steve attempts a world first expedition in every episode, which in this era is very special. The danger and drama of these adventures combined with Steve’s inquisitive and charismatic personality, all in the most breath-taking locations across the world, will be sure to draw in French audiences.”
“We are really thrilled to be involved in this exciting new series, which will bring new knowledge of some of the world’s unexplored corners,” added Amandine Picault, commissioning editor at France Télévisions. “The combination of real-life adventure and stunning scenery will be a powerful mix which packs a real emotional punch. The series fits perfectly with our public-service remit to provide strong and intelligent content in a lively and accessible format.”
The first four episodes of Expedition with Steve Backshall are set to premiere on BBC2 in 2019. UKTV’s Dave will show the full series later in the year, with the exclusive premiere of six new expeditions as well as its own versions of the four BBC episodes.
Fremantle holds global distribution rights for the series.