Planet Earth II

BBC announces Blue Planet II

The BBC has officially unveiled its latest blue-chip natural history series, Blue Planet II, and will launch it to international buyers at its Showcase event in Liverpool this week. Sir David Attenborough will narrate the series, which was previously known as Ocean and will look at underwater environments and animals across every continent. BBC Studios’ […]

BBC and Snapchat team for Planet Earth II

BBC Worldwide will launch exclusive Planet Earth II content on Snapchat a day ahead of its linear airing. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has joined forces with Snap Inc. and content from the blue chip factual show will be available to view on mobile devices in the US and Canada. The linear series, […]

BBC embarks on Mission Galapagos

BBC One has commissioned a major natural history series following a team of international scientists working on new discoveries is the luscious Galapagos Islands. Mission Galapagos will comprise three hour-long episodes, with prolific wildlife prodco Atlantic Productions coproducing along with Alucia Productions. Liz Bonnin will present the series. BBC Worldwide, which shops Planet Earth II […]

TBI Factual: Year in Review

If scripted TV dominates the headlines at the moment, 2016 served up a few factual blockbusters. Genre-bending National Geographic series Mars married golden age scripted TV with documentary, Making a Murderer became watercooler (internet) TV and reinvigorated the true crime genre, and Leonardo DiCaprio brought some A-list movie star power to feature docs.   Planet […]

Planet Earth II tops BBC iPlayer charts

Planet Earth II was the most popular show on the iPlayer BBC streaming and catch-up service in 2016. The blue chip doc series generated excellent linear ratings and the opening episode was requested 3.8 million times alone, as the show took the overall number one iPlayer slot. The UK pubcaster issued new iPlayer stats today […]

BBC, Blue Ant launching Earth channel

BBC Worldwide and Blue Ant are rolling out the BBC Earth channel in Canada. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the Canadian programmer and channel operator will launch the high-end factual net on January 24. The launch line-up will include hit series Planet Earth II (pictured) and The Hunt. The HD net will replace […]

Show of the week: Planet Earth II

The BBC debuted its groundbreaking wildlife series Planet Earth ten years ago, and the international industry is now about to see the the follow up. Exec producer Mike Gunton tells TBI what to expect. In the decade that has proceeded the landmark Planet Earth series, television has changed markedly, with new cameras, production techniques and […]

Nine to visit Planet Earth II

Australian commercial channel Nine Network has acquired local premiere rights to Planet Earth II, which scored huge ratings for the BBC in the UK this week. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-produced series took 9.2 million viewers on its premiere on Sunday, making it the biggest-rating natural history programme in the UK for 15 years. […]

Pre-market sales for Planet Earth II

BBC Worldwide has lined up a series of deals for Planet Earth II ahead of launching the natural history epic in Cannes next week. The David Attenborough-narrated six-parter, a follow-up to the iconic 2006 series, has been acquired by Slovakian pubcaster RTVS, Telefonica in Spain and TVP in Poland. In Japan it will be on […]

Euro nets buy Planet Earth follow-up

Scandinavian pubcasters SVT and DR and Italy’s Mediaset have bought Planet Earth II as the show’s narrator, Sir David Attenborough, heads to the BBC Worldwide Showcase event in Liverpool, UK. The channels have bought the BBC, BBC America, ZDF and France Télévisions coproduction, which is coming a decade after the original series that sold into […]