BBC America to Co-Produce Five Landmark Natural History Series

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BBC America will co-produce five new natural history programs that include work by multiple Emmy award-winning producer Alastair Fothergill and Emmy award-winning producer Vanessa Berlowitz [among others].

From Silverback Films comes The Hunt – from Fothergill – that will reveal the clever and complex strategies predators use to catch their prey, showing us how these are some of the hardest working animals in the natural world. It takes a new look at the state of our environment through the eyes of some of the planet’s top predators: polar bears have been filmed hunting bearded seals for the very first time using a fascinating aquatic stalking technique; golden eagles and wolves working together to capture mountain lambs high in the Rocky mountains; and a totally breathtaking hunt where a pack of killer whales finally run down a humpbacked whale calf after a two hour chase.

One Planet comes from BBC Natural History Unit and Berlowitz and each episode selects the most spectacular scenes and stories from around the globe to create the ultimate tour of an iconic ecosystem. During these immersive journeys of discovery, viewers encounter the mighty forces that govern the rules of life in each arena and witness the remarkable ways animals adapt to these rules in order to ensure their survival and the next generation.

Also from BBC Natural History Unit and executive producer James Honeyborne, Wild Alaska will look at the state that is wild, beautiful and brutal. A monstrous landmass of epic proportion, it’s barely inhabited by humans, except for the brave and resourceful. It is a world where it is Nature who still reigns. A place rich with wildlife, from the wolves of the interior plains to the orcas of the coastal shelf. But here even the animals must be tough to survive in a place that gives nothing for free. The unique combination of forces that forged the landscape, still dominate it. It has volcanic fire at one end and polar ice at the other. Giant earthquakes and unpredictable volcanoes – the dramatic natural forces that formed a monumental mountain range that dominates the central spine of the state – are still in force today. But as fire has forged the land – it is ice that carves its shape.

Beyond Human is also from BBC Natural History Unit and executive producer Tim Martin that will take a look into a world where it’s possible to see with heat, to hear across oceans, taste your way out of danger, smell through your skin, and where touch becomes a ruthless hunting tool – yet, this isn’t science fiction. The team takes viewers on a journey into the supernatural, strange and wonderful world of animal senses.

Lastly, BBC Natural History Unit and executive producer James Honeyborne brings 24 Hours On Earth to the small screen, delving deep into the natural world and
exploring its most critical dimension: time. The series travels moment by moment through a virtual day and celebrates the most extraordinary and spectacular examples of
how animals and plants are adapted to exploit specific moments in the all-encompassing 24-hour cycle.

Official airdates for these landmarks programs has yet to be announced by BBC America.