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BBC Factual announces new Natural History programmes

April 24, 2024

The BBC has announced three new natural history programmes, including a new five part series, Hidden Planet; and a new four part series with wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin both for BBC One and iPlayer; and new single film, Expedition Killer Whale for BBC Two and iPlayer.

Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, says: “These are three thrilling projects that demonstrate the breadth of Natural History programming on the BBC. I’m committed to ensuring that we remain the place where wildlife filmmakers do their best work, and I love collaborating with the creatives of Bristol. The city is an extraordinary global hub of talent, and its Natural History producers are the envy of the world. I look forward to making more programmes with them in the future.”

Hidden Planet

Twenty years after the celebrated series Life in the Undergrowth, Hidden Planet will dive into the secret world of the most successful and important animals on Earth – Insects. Building on the remarkable advances in camera technology pioneered by The Green Planet, the series reveals the beautiful and dramatic lives of insects in unprecedented detail.

Across five globally-filmed episodes, full of new behaviour, new insights and extraordinary drama, the series will reveal insects to be doting parents that care for their offspring and defend their families, accomplished architects that build beautiful structures and sophisticated communicators, enticing and manipulating large animals, including us.

The series will also discover how insects transform and protect both the world they live in and our world too.

Hamza’s Hidden Wild Isles

In this new series for BBC One and iPlayer, wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin will reveal wildlife gems from across the four countries of the UK.

In each programme, Yassin will find and film incredible species and spectacles hidden amongst both our urban and wilder landscapes. From hidden nocturnal encounters, to perfectly camouflaged creatures hiding in plain sight, he will reveal that wildlife is everywhere; you just need to know where to look for it.

Through Hamza, we’ll share a sense of awe and wonder as he guides us into the natural world and we’ll discover that wildlife is everywhere, you just need to know how to look. Each of the four episodes will follow a seasonal narrative as nature’s calendar unfolds across the year.

The series is produced by Silverback Films, the team behind BBC One’s landmark series Wild Isles, and the stand-out success Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey. It is co-produced by the National Trust and The Open University.

Expedition Killer Whale

This one off film is a fascinating deep dive into the complex hunting methods and communication techniques of the ocean’s greatest predator – the killer whale.

In a remote corner of Antarctica, a group of killer whales capture their prey in the most extraordinary fashion. But now these whales are under threat. A team of experts travel to the whales’ hunting grounds in a notoriously remote location in Antarctica. It’s an unprecedented expedition – allowing unique access to these compelling animals. Using the latest technology, scientists and camera teams record everything they can about the killer whales, decoding the language they use to co-ordinate their hunting rituals and assessing their chances for survival in the modern world.

It is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production for BBC and PBS with The WNET Group.

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