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BBC, Netflix, Channel 9 team up for Attenborough three-parter

UK pubcaster BBC has commissioned a new nature series to be presented by the legendary David Attenborough (pictured), in partnership with global streaming giant Netflix and Australian commercial network Channel ...
September 27, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC has commissioned a new nature series to be presented by the legendary David Attenborough (pictured), in partnership with global streaming giant Netflix and Australian commercial network Channel 9.

Life In Colour will explore the diverse ways animals use color throughout their lives, from camouflage to attracting a mate. Filming will take place across the globe, with particular emphasis on Australia.

The three-part series will also seek to expose the role of colors not normally visible to the human eye, using cameras built specifically for this series.

Life In Colour is produced by Bristol-based Humble Bee Films and Sydney-based SeaLight Pictures for the BBC, Netflix, and Channel 9, with funding from Screen Australia and Create NSW.

Stephen Dunleavy executive produces for Humble Bee Films and Colette Beaudry is EP for SeaLight Pictures. The series was commissioned by Patrick Holland, BBC2 controller, and Tom McDonald, BBC head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual.

“Any series authored by Sir David is very special and this promises to be exceptional,” said Holland, in a statement. “I am looking forward to seeing the combination of innovative photography and rich analysis to explore the role color plays in animals’ lives.”

Life In Colour promises to be a unique and original insight into the natural world,” added McDonald. “Deploying innovative new technology to reveal our world in new ways, I’m thrilled that we are working with Sir David on a series which promises spectacle and insight.”

Life In Colour is set to debut in early 2021. It will air on BBC2 in the UK and Ireland, Channel 9 in Australia and Netflix globally outside those regions.

(Photo courtesy of BBC)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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