The BBC is rebranding its BBC Knowledge network on New Zealand’s pay-TV service Sky as BBC Earth, a premium factual channel launching this October.
The BBC Earth brand encapsulates the UK pubcaster’s natural history programming for global audiences and joins existing BBC channels on Sky – including BBC UKTV and BBC World News – when it launches Oct. 22.
Viewers will be able to access BBC Earth through the Sky Entertainment package and watch live streams on Sky Go, or catch up with select shows on Sky Go and Sky on Demand.
“While many of the familiar faces and shows on BBC Knowledge will transition to BBC Earth, we’ll be adding more natural history and adventure to the mix, and moving factual entertainment programs like Who Do You Think You Are?, Dragons’ Den, Traffic Cops and Top Gear to BBC UKTV,” said Tim Christlieb, director of branded services at BBC Studios, Australia and New Zealand, in a statement.
The first week of programming will include Planet Earth II (pictured), the landmark natural history series that offers the viewpoints of the animals showcased; Spy in the Wild, which uses spy cameras in the wild to show human viewers how similar they are to the rest of the animal kingdom; and My Year with the Tribe, in which writer and BBC personality Will Millard visits with a treehouse-dwelling Korowai tribe in Papua, Indonesia.
Viewers will also get to see Without Limits, which follows six people with disabilities as they travel along Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh trail, along with the new series Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, in which host Michael Mosley seeks the truth about what’s good for your health and what’s just hype.
On Nov. 19, BBC Earth will launch ‘Being Human’, a season of programming that explores what’s ahead for the human race. Titles will include Future Human: AI, The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Meet the Humans.