AMC Networks will premiere BBC’s blue-chip natural history program Blue Planet II across five channels in the new year.
The seven-part series, produced by James Honeyborne and presented by Sir David Attenborough, takes viewers into the undiscovered world of our oceans, which cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and holds 97% of all the water in the world. Using breakthroughs in science and cutting-edge technology, Blue Planet II aims to reveal otherworldly places and extraordinary animal behaviors.
The series will premiere on Jan. 20 as an AMC Networks simulcast event across BBC America, AMC, IFC, WE tv and Sundance TV, with all subsequent episodes appearing Saturday nights on BBC America. It will premiere day-and-date in Canada on the BBC Earth Channel.
According to a release, the series the most watched natural history title in more than 15 years in the UK, with more than 14 million people tuning in for its premiere episode.
During the course of four years of production, the Blue Planet II teams mounted 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries, and filmed on every continent and across every ocean. They spent over 6,000 hours diving underwater filming everywhere from familiar shores to the deepest seas.
Blue Planet II is made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9 in partnership with The Open University. Mark Brownlow is the series producer. Blue Planet II and was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.