BBC World News and BBC.com commission third series of Horizons

We are delighted with the success of the first two series and I am really pleased to announce the commission for season three. We feel that the refreshed format and added local insight from our in-market reporters will add even more depth and context to fascinating stories of innovation."Mary Wilkinson, Head of Commissioning, BBC Global News Ltd
Date: 07.03.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
Category: BBC World News
BBC World News and BBC.com have announced that Horizons will be returning for a third season, beginning on 6 April. Twofour has again been commissioned to produce the series, sponsored by DuPont, which will track down the innovations and technologies that could change the way we live and work in the coming decades.

Adam Shaw will return as lead presenter on the weekly programme and be supported by a team of reporters from around the world, bringing in-depth country knowledge to each 30-minute programme.

The third series of Horizons will continue the search for the ideas and people tackling some of the big challenges the planet faces. This season, Adam Shaw and his team will report from a wide range of countries, including India, China, Japan, South America, the United States and Europe.

Adam starts the series at NASA’s Ames Research Centre in California where he talks to Professor Mason Peck, NASA’s Chief Technology Officer, and discovers how scientific innovations in outer space are helping to improve health, fitness and wellbeing here on Earth. In other episodes, Adam finds out about a new technique being used to harvest solar energy using a process similar to that used by living plants, and he meets the creators of AGNES, a suit that replicates the dexterity and strength of a person in their mid-70s, which is being used to develop techniques and technologies for helping the elderly.

The series will also include interviews with Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, Daniel Libeskind, the renowned architect, and Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry on Renewable Energy.

Announcing the commission, Mary Wilkinson, Head of Commissioning at BBC Global News Ltd, said: “We are delighted with the success of the first two series and I am really pleased to announce the commission for season three. We feel that the refreshed format and added local insight from our in-market reporters will add even more depth and context to fascinating stories of innovation. The programme will continue to be supported by online content and for the first time Horizons’ dedicated website will sit within BBC.com.”

Rachel Innes-Lumsden, Executive Producer at Twofour, said: “We are thrilled to be making Series three of Horizons. This season we are focusing more on the planet's mega cities to see how exciting innovations in science and technology are providing solutions for an ever-increasing urban population. The key note interview in every programme will give a platform to some of the world's most important and influential scientists, academics, CEOs and opinion-formers to discuss and debate how life could change over the next decade.”

DuPont Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Scott Coleman said: “At DuPont, we are passionate about the scientific, environmental and business issues facing everyone on the planet and we look forward to sponsoring a third series of Horizons in which the BBC will address yet more innovations and technologies revolutionising the way we all live and work."

The Horizons series, sponsored by DuPont, airs weekly on Saturdays at 01:30 and 08:30, Sundays at 14:30 and 20:30 (all times GMT). Further information, online videos and behind the scenes content can be found at www.bbc.com/horizonsbusiness (non-UK only) from 1 April 2013.

For all the latest news, behind-the-scenes pictures/videos and updates from Adam Shaw visit facebook.com/horizonsTVseries or on twitter at @horizonsbiz.

For more information contact: Jessica Culshaw, BBC World News at Jessica.Culshaw@bbc.co.uk