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PBS, BBC Studios slate Greta Thunberg doc series for April

PBS, in partnership with BBC Studios’ Science Unit, has slated the tentatively titled Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, a three-part documentary series which will debut in its ...
February 16, 2021

PBS, in partnership with BBC Studios’ Science Unit, has slated the tentatively titled Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, a three-part documentary series which will debut in its entirety as a special presentation on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22.

The series, previously announced by BBC Studios last year, follows Thunberg, the teen environmental activist who shot to fame in 2019 as she embarked on an international mission to raise awareness of climate change. Over the course of the series viewers will watch Thunberg travel across the globe as she meets leading climate scientists, witnesses the consequences of climate change and confronts the complexity of what is required to make change happen. The series also includes interviews with academics, economists and experts, further exploring the climate change science Thunberg encounters on the ground.

The series also explores how, during the current pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, our radically changed behavior is lessening our impact on the planet.

“Through Greta’s exploration of the science, we get a deeper understanding of the problems of climate change and the complexity of resolving them,” said Bill Gardner, vice president, programming and development, PBS. “This is also a very personal, intimate and moving story about an incredibly brave person who has found herself in the global spotlight and navigates the challenges of unsought fame. PBS is proud to bring this powerful story to our viewers of all ages.”

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World (working title) is a BBC Studios Science Unit production in association with B-Reel Films and coproduced with the BBC for PBS. Rob Liddell and Helen Thomas are executive producers. Executive in charge for PBS is Bill Gardner.

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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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