RTL delves into BBC's Hidden Kingdom

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 15-05-2012

BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with RTL that sees the German commercial broadcaster become a co-production partner in the BBC Natural History Unit's forthcoming series Hidden Kingdom.
This will be the first time RTL has worked with BBC Worldwide to co-produce a natural history series, according to the UK-based public broadcaster's commercial subsidiary. RTL joins the other co-production partners Discovery and France 2. Commissioned for BBC One, Hidden Kingdom will take a microscopic look at nature and transform small worlds into giant places. The series, shot with special cameras, will take viewers on a journey into "strange lands" where tiny animals are living "incredible and dramatic lives", explains BBC Worldwide. Locations will include the Amazon Rainforest, African Savannah and Mojave Desert.
Agnes Ostrop, Head of Infotainment at RTL, will act as executive producer on behalf of RTL. The Cologne-based broadcaster will screen a 90-minute German-language version of the series in 2013.
BBC Worldwide has also signed a new programme licensing deal with RTL for 45 hours of content. Factual titles Bomb Squad and Bomb Hunters will premiere on RTL's new digital free-to-air channel RTL Nitro. Also going free-to-air on Super RTL will be Robin Hood (season 3) and the adventure drama Sinbad.
Brazil with Michael Palin leads a slate of informative titles premiering on digital pay-TV channel RTL Living including Jimmy's Forrest, How to Grow a Planet and After Life - the Strange World of Decay, while fellow pay-TV service RTL Crime will host suspense drama The Body Farm and Left Bank's critically acclaimed thriller Mad Dogs (seasons 2 and 3).