BBC, PBS partner on natural history documentaries


Michelle Clancy

| 02 October 2015

The BBC and PBS have announced a slate of new co-productions as part of their existing partnership.

The programmes, for BBC's natural history unit, include The Great Race, a series following animal migration, and Koko, the extraordinary life of a gorilla, and Penny Patterson PhD, for BBC One.

On BBC Two, Mountains will use innovative technology to take the audience closer than ever before to some of the most iconic ranges of the world, and World's Sneakiest Animals will take a look at mimicry and duplicity in the natural world.

"Our creative partnership with PBS has already got off to a resounding start with the epic Big Blue Live this summer," said Tom McDonald, BBC head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual formats. "I'm thrilled to be announcing a new set of titles with PBS, which exemplify our appetite to deliver real scale, originality and innovation - titles which could only be achieved through such a close alliance and a shared editorial vision."

Added Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and GM: "Big Blue Live broke new ground for us. Our innovative technical and editorial experimentation continues with the great programming that our co-production partnership with the BBC is generating."

US public broadcaster PBS has been working to expand the audience for its content, and it recently it announced that it has expanded its content partnership with cableco Comcast, to more than double the amount of the former's programming on the Xfinity On Demand platform.