BBC Studios, EOS Films and ITV’s Oxford Scientific Films have struck a coproduction deal with state-owned China International Television Corporation (CITVC), part of China Media Group, for the three-part docuseries China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom.
The series, launching globally in autumn 2020, explores the country and some of its earliest-known inhabitants.
In 2017, the Chinese government set up a system of 10 pilot national parks to protect the country’s rarest species. China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom will travel to all 10 parks, unveiling a “hidden paradise” of animals, magical plants, landscapes and local communities.
Joint international and domestic crews are currently in Shennongjia National Park, the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park, and the Giant Panda National Park for autumn and winter shoots. Filming and production is expected to wrap up in September 2020.
BBC Studios has invested in the series and will handle distribution rights outside Greater China.