BBC Studios’ natural history unit is behind a series on BBC2 that will journey across some of the world’s most legendary waters.
Narrated by Selma actor David Oyelowo, Earth’s Greatest Rivers uses the latest in technology and photography to take viewers on three river treks throughout the Amazon, the Nile and the Mississippi. While shooting the program, the production team captured various discoveries on film, including the strange nocturnal occurrences in the ruins of Idi Amin’s former hunting lodge in Uganda.
The first episode in the three-part series journeys to the Amazon river, which transports a fifth of the world’s freest water. The river is also home to giant electric eels, giant otters and a thermal river capable of boiling a person alive.
The series then heads to the Nile, which flows from the tropical heart of Africa, across the world’s hottest desert to reach Egypt. The Nile is a vital waterway for its diverse people and wildlife, but this once sacred river now faces an uncertain future.
The last episode rushes into the Mississippi River in the United States, which stretches into nearly half of the country, collecting water from 31 states. Audiences will have the chance to discover the fertile Atchafalaya, a vast and diverse wetland area ruled by alligators.
The 3 x 50 minute-series is executive produced by James Honeyborne and Roger Webb. The series producer is Mark Flowers and it was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2 and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual. The commissioning editor is Abigail Priddle.
Earth’s Greatest Rivers premieres Jan. 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. on BBC2.
Image of the Nile. Rod Waddington [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]