BBC sells ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ globally

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC has sold the show ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ globally. In India, it will air on Sony BBC Earth. It tells the story of earth’s continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behaviour and biodiversity we see today.

‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’, from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, marks the first time it has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series – and the filmmakers have employed new technology, including boundary-defining drone techniques, to capture unique perspectives, new species, and animal behaviour never before seen. As well as showing where humankind is negatively and positively impacting the health of the planet, viewers will witness sequences such as: the world’s most bizarre predator in the Iranian desert; grave-robbing hamsters in Austria; one of the largest and rarest animals on the very brink of extinction in Kenya; and polar bears using a never before seen hunting strategy to catch beluga whales in North America’s Hudson Bay.

Complementing Seven Worlds, One Planet’s landscapes and stories is the potent combination of the voice of Sir David Attenborough and the music of Hans Zimmer, delivering appointment to view television that’s sure to resonate with everyone who watches it.

‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ has already been snapped up by broadcasters in China, the US, Australia and across all of Latin America and is set to emulate the tally of ‘Planet Earth II’ and ‘Blue Planet II’, both of which were sold to over 235 territories across the world. The pubcaster added that BBC’s Planet titles have become so popular that over a billion people have watched Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II in the last three years.

Attenborough joined a premiere in London’s Leicester Square for the natural history series. The exclusive screening, which was introduced by BBC DG Tony Hall, also featured a live satellite link-up with India and South Africa, where 400 schoolchildren simultaneously watched the opening Antarctica episode from Mumbai’s Royal Opera House and Johannesburg’s Cradle of Humankind, before joining a Q&A to quiz Sir David and the production team about the challenges involved in making the series.

Speaking about the series at the premiere, Attenborough said, “I’m thrilled that we’re about to share this incredible series with the world, which has been four years in the making by more than 1500 dedicated people, on every continent. ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ celebrates biodiversity and the variety of life on our planet whilst also shining a spotlight on its challenges.”

Hall told the invited audience, “ ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ embodies the qualities that have become synonymous with the work of our Natural History Unit in Bristol. The team there are true pioneers – they have an insatiable curiosity to discover new things. And that sense of adventure is why we’ve already committed to a pipeline of natural history landmarks. Since Planet Earth II we’ve been doing one a year – and we’ll continue to do that running up to 2023. We’ve never had that scale of ambition before and no other broadcaster in the world comes close to that kind of commitment to the natural world.”

In the UK where the show kicks off on 27 October as part of the BBC’s Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) trials, viewers will be able to watch Seven Worlds, One Planet in UHD exclusively on BBC iPlayer. Once again, the BBC’s UHD coverage will include a wider range of colours and High Dynamic Range (HDR), giving viewers some of the highest quality Ultra HD available.

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