Press Office

Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

Since the foundation of the NHU in 1957, the BBC has forged a place for itself as the world's leading producer and broadcaster of Natural History content. The depth and range of our programmes – everything from Lost Land Of The Tiger to Natural World to the forthcoming Frozen Planet – are central to the BBC's mission to inform, educate and entertain. Memorable moments over the years include the world's first images of the highest land predator – the snow leopard – hunting in the Himalayan peaks in Planet Earth, the stag rutting season in Autumnwatch and the komodo dragons relentlessly hunting buffalo in Life.

There is a wealth of Natural History programming across the BBC: from our Epic landmark series that tell ambitious stories on a scale unrivalled by any other broadcaster – programmes like the upcoming BBC One series Frozen Planet, Africa and Survival; to our more Intimate shows that dive deeper into the natural world – recent commissions include Chris Packham's How Life Works and Monty Halls' exploration of the Great Barrier Reef, or BBC Two stalwarts like Springwatch, Autumnwatch and the long-running Natural World strand.

Our passion is to bring the highest quality and most stimulating wildlife shows to audiences across the board, and our stable of presenters and producers is crucial to achieving this. From the ever-popular Chris Packham to Martin Hughes-Games, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall, the faces of Natural History on the BBC attract millions of viewers every week. David Attenborough is of course synonymous with Natural History, and his enduring appeal is testament to his authority and popularity. These presenters are all unstinting in their dedication to bringing the best to our audiences.

Our biggest challenge is ensuring that we capture as much of the boundless variety of the natural world as we can, bringing many different audiences to the pleasures and intrigues of Natural History. The programmes in this press pack demonstrate how we are continuing to build on the formidable legacy of the Natural History Unit, and securing its future for generations to come.

Andrew Jackson Head of the NHU

Kim Shillinglaw Commissioning Editor, Science & Natural History


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