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BBC unveils factual slate and Attenborough series, partners with PBS

UK pubcaster the BBC is partnering with U.S. pubcaster PBS on Green Planet (working title), billed as “Planet Earth from the perspective of plants,” among a new slate of factual commissions. The ...
February 1, 2019

UK pubcaster the BBC is partnering with U.S. pubcaster PBS on Green Planet (working title), billed as “Planet Earth from the perspective of plants,” among a new slate of factual commissions.

The 5 x 60-minute docuseries explores how plants interact with their environments in ways not unlike animals, who manipulate the natural world, communicate with each other, plan, look after their young and more.

Using new developments in robotics, moving time-lapse, super-detail thermal cameras, deep focus “frame-stacking” and ultra-high-speed tech, the series aims to capture the natural world in heretofore unseen ways.

Green Planet is produced for BBC1 and PBS by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. Mike Gunton serves as EP. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning for natural history and specialist factual. For PBS, the series is overseen by Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development. It was co-produced by the Open University.

Elsewhere, One Planet, Seven Worlds (w/t, pictured) is the BBC’s latest landmark series, for BBC1, presented by David Attenborough.

Each episode of the 7 x 60-minute series explores the wildlife and landscapes of a different continent.

One Planet, Seven Worlds is made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF and France Télévisions. Jonny Keeling serves as EP. It was commissioned by Moore and McDonald.

Population with Chris Packham (w/t) follows naturalist and presenter Chris Packham as he explores what a world of 10 billion people looks like, and how humans pose challenges to ourselves on a planet struggling to sustain us.

The series is made by Curious Films and the BBC Studios Science Unit for BBC2. Helen Thomas is EP for BBC Studios, and Dov Freedman is EP for Curious. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, controller at BBC2, and McDonald. Craig Hunter is the commissioning editor. The series will form part of the ‘Horizon’ strand.

Meanwhile, Meat: A Threat To Planet Earth (w/t) follows Liz Bonnin as she investigates the consumption of meat and its impact on the world’s climates.

The 60-minute doc explores all sides of the debate through interviews with various experts.

Meat: A Threat To Planet Earth is made by Raw TV for BBC1. Tom Watt-Smith serves as EP. It was commissioned by Moore and McDonald. The commissioning editor is Craig Hunter.

Finally, The Springwatch Year of Action will look at threats to British wildlife and asks the public to undertake an easy, nature-related quest every week in order to collect data to create the most accurate picture of the health of UK wildlife possible, to help determine the true scope of threats to the environment.

The project will culminate during Springwatch 2020.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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