BBC America readies “Obama Meets Attenborough”

A tête-à-tête between the U.S. leader and iconic BBC presenter, David Attenborough, is set to bow across the U.S. network BBC America. (Pictured: President Obama Meets Attenborough)
June 26, 2015

A tête-à-tête between the U.S. leader and iconic BBC presenter, David Attenborough, is set to bow across U.S. net BBC America.

Titled President Obama Meets Attenborough (pictured), the one-hour special premiering this Sunday (June 28) is to document a candid interview conducted by President Obama with the BBC presenter during the latter’s May visit to the White House. Discussions focus on a variety of issues threatening the planet, including concerns around a swelling population, nature, climate change and its effect on the environment.

The one-off special will present behind-the-scenes footage of President Obama and Attenborough at the White House, and will include previously unseen footage and highlights from the presenter’s films, including Life on EarthBlue Planet and Galapagos.

According to a release issued by BBC America, “The leader of the Western world wanted to meet Attenborough to talk to him about climate change, its effect on the environment, and to ask Attenborough his thoughts on the most critical issues threatening our planet.”

The special is to be broadcast across BBC America on June 28 at 5:30 EST/PST and will air simultaneously on BBC1 in the UK. The U.S. net will also air an extended version at 8 p.m. EST/PST that will be made available on immediately following the transmission.

BBC Worldwide – the global distributor of the special – has sold the program to more than 50 countries across four continents, including BBC Earth’s branded channels in the Nordics, Poland, Turkey, Hungary and Romania.

The special was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC1, and Tom McDonald, head of natural history and specialist factual formats. Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions, is credited as producer for the series.

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