EUROPE’S ONLY FREE-RANGING PRIMATE ROAMS THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR,
EUROPEAN HAMSTERS BRAWL OVER THE BEST PATCH OF GRAVEYARD FLOWERS,
LYNX LURK IN THE FORESTS OF SPAIN, AND THE ITALIAN MOUNTAIN VILLAGES HOWL AT NIGHTFALL WITH RARELY SEEN WOLVES IN THIS WEEK’S “EUROPE” EPISODE
BBC AMERICA’S NEW SERIES
“SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET” CONTINUES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 9:00PM ET/PT
ON BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC AND SUNDANCETV
Watch a Clip from the “Europe” Episode Here
Clockwise from left: Barbary macaques, Europe’s only free ranging primate;
This week’s all-new episode focuses on Europe, where wildlife survives alongside people. In Gibraltar, a baby monkey is kidnapped, while in the cemeteries of Vienna, grave-robbing wild hamsters fight. In this fairy tale continent, wolves roam at night, howling through the forests of Italy while dragons lurk Slovenian caves and baby bears wander the woods in Finland. Seven Worlds, One Planet continues on Saturday, February 15th at 9:00 pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV.
Filming First: In the Europe episode, camera crews take audiences into the 12,000 limestone caves in Slovenia to capture a rare creature called the olm, which is a blind salamander that inhabits the area and can go without food for nearly a decade. Using drone technology, the film crew was able to get footage from underground inside the caves, which required expertise in freestyle drone flying to navigate the cave’s strong air currents when location accuracy tools didn’t work underground.
Filming Locations And Species
- Finland – Brown Bear
- Norway – Musk Ox
- Italy – Wolf
- Gibraltar – Barbary Macaque
- Austria – European Hamster
- Hungary – Mayflies
- Romania – Great White Pelican & Cormorant
- Slovenia – Olm
- Spain – Iberian Lynx
- An olm in Europe can go without a meal for a decade and live for a century.
- Wolves have about 200 million scent cells. Humans have only about five million.
- A hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal, which is akin to a human eating one hundred hamburgers.
- When a European hamster needs to swim it inflates its cheek pouches with air for increased buoyancy.
- Mayflies have been around for some 350 million years. This means that they existed even before the dinosaurs and survived the K-T Extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.
- Iberian lynxes have amazing eyesight and can spot a mouse even from a distance of 250 feet.
Following Emmy®-winning series Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, Seven Worlds, One Planet tells the story of earth’s seven spectacular continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behavior and biodiversity we see today. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and featuring a theme co-composed by Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea, and series score by Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music, Seven Worlds, One Planet reveals how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. The seven-part series marks the first time BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series. 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.