The Winter season from BBC Knowledge

BBC Knowledge is home to the very best of British factual television and talent and this Winter season will take viewers on a journey of wonderment from science and history through to travel and adventure."Jon Farrar, VP Programming EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels
Date: 28.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.04
BBC Knowledge gives viewers the very best of British factual television and talent, from science and history through to travel and adventure, as it unveils its Winter Season.

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From the historic secrets of Shakespeare’s Italy to the secret lives of the world’s ultimate predator, the crocodile, BBC Worldwide Channels today unveiled its Winter season of programmes exclusive to BBC Knowledge viewers in Italy. The exciting line-up presents the first and exclusive airing of the very best of British factual programming, which will spark amazing ideas, examine big ideas and open minds to incredible experiences.

Jon Farrar, VP Programming EMEA, BBC Worldwide Channels says: “BBC Knowledge is home to the very best of British factual television and talent and this Winter season will take viewers on a journey of wonderment from science and history through to travel and adventure.

From the breathtaking underwater imagery of Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring secrets of the planet in Orbit - Life’s Extraordinary Journey, and from the groundbreaking footage of real combat in War On The Frontline to the inner workings of Russia's Kremlin in Putin, Russia And The West, our passionate presenters such as Ben Fogle (Lonely Planet: Year Of Adventures) and Richard Hammond (Top Gear, Crash Course) will educate and entertain Italian audiences on an extraordinary range of subjects about the world around them.

Offering a breadth and depth of genres like no other, we are proud to share our distinctive, diverse and high-quality programming with our Italian audience over the coming months.”

Full details of the line-up can be found here Highlights include:

  • Audiences can gaze in wonder at the breathtaking underwater wildlife footage captured in Great Barrier Reef, as this stunning three-part series airs exclusively in Italy for the first time. BBC Knowledge viewers will be plunged deep into the ocean to study Australian biological miracle - one of the natural wonders of the world.
  • Orbit - Life’s Extraordinary Journey is a major three-part series featuring breathtaking imagery of the Earth as it undertakes its awe-inspiring annual journey. From stunning space imagery to adrenaline-charged storm chasing, the series showcases the incredible power of our seasons and weather, and highlights their unpredictable capacity to either be the catalyst for creation or wreak devastating destruction.
  • Continuing its commitment to deliver access to the very best British talent, BBC Knowledge follows world-class actor and comedian Michael Palin as he visits Brazil for the very first time, in Brazil With Michael Palin. Travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Michael meets the people and visits the places that shape this incredible nation.
  • Through its ambitious landmark seasons, BBC Knowledge strives to explore life’s big questions. This Winter, the channel will explore the realities of the modern warfare in its War On The Frontline season, asking ‘What does it mean to be a soldier in today’s World?’ Airing exclusively in Italy for the very first time, Our War - 10 Years In Afghanistan is a raw and revealing insight into modern warfare and the experiences of soldiers today. This is the war you haven’t seen: filmed by the soldiers, told by the soldiers.

For more information, please contact:


Paola Farina / Sara Pirolo/ Lucia Bruno

Weber Shandwick

T: +39 0257378261



Rachael Lewis

BBC Worldwide Channels, EMEA

44 (0)20 8433 2148


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