As wildfires continue to rage in Australia, burning up nearly 20 million acres of the country so far, AMC-owned BBC America is using its latest nature series to spotlight the ongoing disaster and enlist help from viewers.
The episodes of Seven Worlds, One Planet have been reshuffled, with an Australia-centric episode now standing as the premiere on Jan. 18. Additionally, the episode will include a segment to inform viewers of how they can support relief efforts. A website has already been set up with links for more information and details from organizations who are helping on the ground.
Part of British pubcaster BBC’s ‘Planet’ franchise, the David Attenborough-fronted Seven Worlds, One Planet is the first time BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series.
The previously announced seven-part series tells the story of the Earth’s seven continents and how they shape the animal behavior and biodiversity we see today, including the wilderness of Australia, now severely threatened by the ongoing fires.
The Australia episode was filmed before the fires began. Filming locations and species featured in the episode include the eastern grey kangaroo, dingo, wombat, Jottus jumping spider in New South Wales; Tasmanian devil in Tasmania; cassowary and budgerigar in Queensland; red flying fox, perentie and thorny devil in Northern Territory and more.
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9.
“Seven Worlds, One Planet is a series about the majesty and fragility of our planet, capturing precious stories of wildlife at a pivotal moment,” said Sarah Barnett, president of entertainment group and AMC Studios, AMC Networks, in a statement. “The catastrophic wildfires occurring right now in Australia are a reminder to us all of the importance of protecting our environment and the animals that inhabit it. Given these devastating events, we have decided to change our schedule to draw attention to and share ways to support relief efforts in Australia.”
Seven Worlds, One Planet debuts as a multi-network event, now headlined by the Australia episode, Jan. 18 on BBC America, AMC, IFC and Sundance TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT.