BBC Two announces new series exploring the depths of the world's Oceans
The incredible hidden stories of our planet's oceans are to be told in a
new BBC Two commission, Ocean, an 8 x 60-minute documentary series for late
The proposed team of intrepid adventurers – explorer Paul Rose, maritime
archaeologist Dr Lucy Blue and marine biologist Tooni Mahto – will take a
journey to explore the oceans of planet earth.
We know more about the surface of Mars than we do of the depths of the
Hidden in these unknown depths are amazing stories that
reveal new truths about our past, our planet and the life within it.
In Ocean the international team of underwater explorers brave the dangers
of the deep to unravel these mysteries.
This spectacular series will tell
the most exciting stories from the world of underwater archaeology,
geology, marine biology and anthropology.
It will take in everything
from great white sharks to lost cities buried undersea to divers who try
to fathom the mysterious life forms of the deep.
Filming starts in June 2007 in the Mediterranean and will finish in June
It is a BBC co-production with Discovery and is being filmed in High
The Executive Producer is Anne Laking and the Series Producer
is Helen Thomas.
Anne Laking said: "It took us nearly a year to find
the right people to present such an exciting new series.
"They needed to
have the right balance of robust scientific knowledge, first-class diving
skills as well as genuine drive, passion and thirst for high octane
"The series will show the ocean as it's never been seen before. We'll use
cutting-edge techniques to delve into this unknown world of our wonderful
Notes to Editors
Friday 8 June 2007 is World Oceans Day – www.theoceanproject.org/wod.
A BBC Vision/Discovery Production commissioned by Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two, and Emma Swain, Head of Knowledge Multimedia Commissioning, TV Editorial Factual.
Paul Rose has just been awarded the Royal Geographical Society 2007 Ness
Award for the popularisation of Geography and the wider understanding of
our world. Previous recipients include Michael Palin.