Discovery Channel has set an August premiere date for the John Downer Productions and XIX Entertainment-produced natural history series Serengeti.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, the six-part series provides unrivaled access to one of the most pristine corners of Africa by following an ensemble of wildlife characters – including lions, zebras, baboons and cheetahs – over the course of a year to showcase the dramatic moments that make survival on the Serengeti a feat.
Serengeti was previously announced as part of Discovery’s programming line-up during its TCA presentation this past February.
The series was created by Emmy-winner Simon Fuller and directed and produced by Emmy-winning wildlife filmmaker John Downer.
Collaborating for the first time, Fuller and Downer have utilized a photographic and stylistic approach on Serengeti that enabled their team to employ “innovative filming techniques in some of Africa’s most treasured regions” to paint a portrait of survival in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti was commissioned for BBC TV by Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.
Serengeti premieres on Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. The series also will be made available via Discovery Go and will debut across Discovery en Español at 8 p.m. Aug. 4.
Watch a trailer for the natural history series below: