The six-part history series Ancients is the first international co-production born from a recently signed partnership between BBC Studios and Chinese online entertainment platform Bilibili.
Ancients is being co-produced by BBC Studios and Bilibili and will be distributed by BBC Studios. This series is currently in preparation for production.
It brings together the history of early Eastern and Western civilizations using documentary visuals and CGI to tell the story of the world’s ancient cultures on one timeline, stretching back 5,000 years.
Each episode uses scientific and archaeological discoveries to reveal the tools, technologies, strategies and systems that decided the fate of Ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans as they fought wars, battled the climate and built cultures.
BBC Studios and Sony-backed Bilibili signed the multi-year cooperation agreement in October to commission new content and jointly develop IP for the Chinese market.
Recently, Bilibili commissioned BBC Studios’ Science Unit to produce Odyssey into the Future, a series featuring the Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin.