BBC AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW INSTALLMENTS OF TWO OF THE
MOST ICONIC NATURAL HISTORY SERIES EVER SEEN – PLANET
EARTH III AND FROZEN PLANET II
RETURN OF EMMY ® -WINNING SERIES ARE PART OF BBC AMERICA’S
COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING AS THE DEFINITIVE HOME OF NATURAL
HISTORY PROGRAMMING IN THE U.S. FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
New York – February 8, 2019 – Continuing its standing as the definitive home of the
most iconic natural history programming on U.S. television, BBC AMERICA announced
today two Emmy ® -winning and globally renowned series loved by millions will return –
Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II. BBC AMERICA is the U.S. home and co-
producer of groundbreaking series Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II, Dynasties and the
most recently announced upcoming Sir David Attenborough-narrated series One
Planet: Seven Worlds (w/t). The commissions demonstrate the BBC’S unprecedented
commitment to natural history of the highest quality. The rare and highly coveted series
Planet Earth III will have a truly global scale with crews staying longer in the field than
ever before and new technology will be central to its approach. Collectively, these
shows will ensure that BBC AMERICA remains the definitive home of natural history
programming in the U.S. for the next five years.
Planet Earth III will be the most ambitious natural history landmark ever undertaken by
the BBC. Combining the awe and wonder of the original Planet Earth, the new science
and discoveries of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, and the immersive character-led
storytelling of Dynasties, the series will take the ‘Planet Earth’ experience to new
heights. It will air in 2022.
Frozen Planet II will take audiences back to the wildernesses of the Arctic and
Antarctica. Ten years on from the original Frozen Planet, this series tells the complete
story of the entire frozen quarter of our planet that’s locked in ice and blanketed in
snow. It will air in 2021.
One Planet: Seven Worlds (w/t), the previously announced landmark series, to be
narrated by Emmy ® -winner Sir David Attenborough, is a brand new ambitious seven-
part landmark nature docu-series. Each one-hour episode will transport viewers to a
single continent and tell the story of its spectacular wildlife and iconic landscapes.
Previously announced, it will air on BBCA in 2020.
These landmark series will help audiences everywhere to better understand the
greatest issues affecting our planet and our relationship with the natural world.
“One of the things we’re most proud of at BBC AMERICA is that we’ve established the
network as the U.S. destination for the very best nature programming on the planet,
from the BBC’s award-winning natural history unit,” said Sarah Barnett, President,
Entertainment Networks, for AMC Networks. “We are delighted to renew our successful
partnership with BBC Studios, and to continue to co-produce these groundbreaking
series. To bring together audiences for this kind of transcendent event television is a
true privilege, we couldn’t be happier to continue to do this for the next five years.”
PLANET EARTH III
Planet Earth III, the third in a trilogy, is a brand-new series for 2022 – set to be the
most ambitious natural history landmark ever undertaken by the BBC. Combining the
awe and wonder of the original Planet Earth, the new science and discoveries of Blue
Planet II and Planet Earth II, and the immersive character-led storytelling of Dynasties,
the series will take the ‘Planet Earth’ experience to new heights. It will take audiences to
stunning new landscapes, showcase jaw-dropping newly-discovered behaviors, and
follow the intense struggles of some of our planet’s most amazing animals.
Across eight episodes, the series will have a truly global scale, with new technology
central to its approach. Crews will spend longer in the field than ever before, and using
the latest technology, including robotic cameras, stabilized rigs and deep submersibles,
will take viewers from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, from the darkest
caves to the hottest deserts.
Planet Earth III will also build on the approach of the BBC Studios Natural History
Unit’s most recent landmarks, by reflecting the new realities of the natural world. It will
not only reveal the greatest wonders of life on earth, but will also show the new
challenges faced in the 21 st Century by the animals and plants with which we share
on our increasingly fragile planet.
Planet Earth III, an 8x60’ series for BBC One, is made by BBC Studios Natural History
Unit., co-produced by BBC AMERICA and The Open University. The Executive
Producer is Mike Gunton and the Series Producer is Jonny Keeling. It was
commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and Tom McDonald, Head
of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual.
FROZEN PLANET II
Back in 2011, the BBC aired Frozen Planet, the massively popular natural history
series, celebrating life in our Poles. Ten years on, Frozen Planet II tells the complete
story of the entire frozen quarter of our planet that’s locked in ice and blanketed in
In this epic six–part series we explore this vast magical realm and discover frozen
worlds of surprising variety and nature. From the frozen ocean of the Arctic, to the
snowy forests and great plains of the far north, from the high-altitude peaks of our
mountains to the ice-locked south of Antarctica. These are the last true wildernesses –
so challenging for survival that only a heroic cast of animals can live here. From polar
bears to Siberian tigers, snow monkeys and penguins, each frozen world raises
different challenges for the animals that brave the extreme conditions here.
Today they are united by a new threat. As temperatures rise at an unprecedented rate,
our frozen planet is literally vanishing before our eyes. What will be the true impact on
humans and wildlife? In this series we will follow the heroic scientists, braving some of
the most dangerous places on earth, in a bid to find the answers.
With intimate new character stories, dramatic new behaviors and never-seen-before
spectacles: Blue Planet II goes Frozen.
Frozen Planet II, a 6x60’ for BBC One, is made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit,
co-produced by BBC AMERICA and The Open University. The Executive Producer is
Mark Brownlow and the Series Producer is Elizabeth White. It was commissioned by
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning,
Natural History and Specialist Factual.
ONE PLANET: SEVEN WORLDS (w/t)
Narrated by Emmy ® -winner Sir David Attenborough, One Planet: Seven Worlds (w/t) is
a brand new ambitious seven-part landmark nature docu-series. Each one-hour episode
will transport viewers to a single continent and tell the story of its spectacular wildlife
and iconic landscapes. Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s
crust creating seven extraordinary continents.
This series will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life
found there. We will discover why Australasia is full of peculiar and venomous wildlife;
why North America is a land of opportunity where pioneers succeed; and what the
consequences are for life racing to compete on the richest of all continents, South
The series will feature remarkable, new animal behavior from all the continents
including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the
biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, while in Europe we will
reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us. The series will celebrate the
diversity of life on each of these continents, but also the many challenges faced by
animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. Epic landscapes and intimate
behavior have been filmed using the very latest techniques, allowing audiences to
experience each continent like never before.
One Planet: Seven Worlds (w/t), a 7x60’ series for BBC One, is made by BBC Studios
Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF
and France Télévisions. The Executive Producer is Jonny Keeling. It was commissioned
by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Tom McDonald, Head of
Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual.
About BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the
critically acclaimed series Killing Eve starring Golden Globe® and SAG Award-winner
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and from Phoebe Waller-Bridge; top-rated phenomenon
Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker; Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II and the
producers’ next epic story of our planet, Dynasties; Emmy®-winning Blue Planet II;
acclaimed drama Luther starring Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba; ground-breaking
unscripted series Top Gear; buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show; and the
world’s biggest darts championships. A joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC
Studios (the commercial arm of the BBC), BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan
Black and Broadchurch, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned
Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, TCA Awards, Gotham
Award and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered
one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties
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