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BBC America sets November air date for “Wonderstruck” programming block

BBC America, a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios, will launch its previously-announced natural history “micro-net” Wonderstruck this November. The 24-hour programming block, which will take over the network every Saturday, ...
October 7, 2019

BBC America, a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Studios, will launch its previously-announced natural history “micro-net” Wonderstruck this November.

The 24-hour programming block, which will take over the network every Saturday, kicks off Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a special presentation of the upcoming David Attenborough-narrated series Seven Worlds, One Planet.

Seven Worlds, One Planet will premiere as a television event in the U.S. in early 2020. The series reveals how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there, as well as the challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity.

Wonderstruck’s upcoming programming includes the four-part series Blue Planet Now, a follow-up to Blue Planet II, debuting Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series follows hosts Chris Packham, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall as they travel to locales around the globe where marine life cope with increasing changes. In the premiere episode, titled “Whale Sanctuary,” the team heads to Mexico, the Great Barrier Reef and the Bahamas.

BBC America developed Wonderstruck, which it has dubbed a “micro-net,” based on a survey the network commissioned to determine the value viewers derive from nature content.

“The study inspired us to create an entire destination dedicated to this universal and stunning content,” Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC America, said in a statement. “Our hope is that this new Saturday ritual will offer relief from the daily grind and serve as a much-needed antidote to the chaos of the modern world.”

Most recently, BBC America greenlit the six-part natural history series Eden (w/t). The network also partnered with the BBC earlier this year to co-produce Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II.

Watch the trailer for Wonderstruck below:

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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