London-based prodco Windfall Films has sold six episodes of its series Inside Nature’s Giants to U.S. pubcaster PBS, while Channel 4 in the UK has lined up its first episode of the series to feature a primate.
The one-hour episodes, which have been reversioned for the U.S., will air in PBS’ science and natural history line-up. The series follows a team of leading biologists and veterinary scientists as they look under the skin of some of the world’s biggest and most fascinating creatures.
PBS has picked up episodes that feature the dissections of a sperm whale, monster python, great white shark, lion and tiger, to find out the animals’ biologies and evolutionary histories.
“Inside Nature’s Giants continues to provide a vivid and visceral insight into the evolutionary secrets of the world’s most iconic creatures,” said David Dugan, chairman of Windfall Films. “The series has enjoyed phenomenonal success in Europe and Australia and we are delighted to be working with PBS to bring the series to a U.S. audience.”
The series was created and executive produced by David Dugan, while the PBS versions were produced by Jamie Lochhead and Alex Tate for Windfall Films.
Inside Nature’s Giants third season will see four new episodes on C4, including one where a South African baboon is dissected, the first primate in the series.
The huge alpha male baboon featured led a band of baboons on a rampage through a Capetown suburb until authorities were forced to euthanize him. The dissection reveals the similarities between human and baboon hands, while evolutionary biologist and series presenter Simon Watt explains how primates adapted to survive in the suburbs.