Hans Rosling returns to BBC for series of programmes on population

With Rosling’s amazing graphic presentation of how the battle to stem population growth is being won, and Anita Rani's journeys to Japan and the Philippines, we hope to offer our viewers a new and exciting vision of a world changing at a rate unprecedented in human history."Sam Bagnall, Executive Producer
Date: 11.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.55
Category: BBC Two; Factual
Internationally acclaimed Swedish Professor Hans Rosling will present Don’t Panic - The Truth About Population, an ‘as-live’ studio event featuring cutting-edge infographics, as part of a short series of programmes exploring global population trends for BBC Two’s international current affairs strand This World.

The myth-busting show, which includes footage shot in Bangladesh and Mozambique, will explore how a growing population and changes relating to wealth and health are shaping the world of today and tomorrow. Produced in partnership with the Open University, it is made by Wingspan Productions who worked with Rosling previously on the Grierson-winning BBC Four film The Joy Of Stats.

Rosling is renowned worldwide for his compelling, surprising and often very funny infographic talks which harness the world’s data to explore global trends. In what promises to be Rosling’s most ambitious and entertaining presentation ever, Don’t Panic - The Truth About Population, to be broadcast in the autumn, uses the 3D holographic projection system Musion which allows Rosling to interact with vast datasets as-live in front of a studio audience, a first for factual television.

Wingspan executive producer Archie Baron, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Hans Rosling again. This is the epic story of all of us - who we are and where we’re going - in the hands of a master-story-teller and realised with ground-breaking new technology. It’s about as important and risky as television gets.”

Elsewhere, presenter Anita Rani will continue to explore population trends around the world with two programmes in which she will investigate the shrinking ageing population in Japan and a growing population in Manila where the advances in health and education offer the chance of creating a new economic powerhouse.

BBC executive producer for This World, Sam Bagnall, said: “Hans Rosling is one of the great communicators in the world of science and the story he tells of how the world is changing is an exciting and surprisingly upbeat one. With Rosling’s amazing graphic presentation of how the battle to stem population growth is being won, and Anita Rani's journeys to Japan and the Philippines, we hope to offer our viewers a new and exciting vision of a world changing at a rate unprecedented in human history.”

Don’t Panic - The Truth About Population (1x60) was commissioned by Clive Edwards, Commissioner for UK Current Affairs. BBC Wingspan Productions, executive producer, Archie Baron and BBC Current Affairs, pxecutive producer Sam Bagnall. Produced in partnership with the Open University.

Notes to Editors

Hans Rosling is Professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation whose trendalyser software converts statistics into interactive, animated graphics. He has been advisor to the World Health Organisation and UNICEF. He was voted one of the world’s top one 100 influential people by Time magazine. Since 2010 when The Joy Of Stats first broadcast, his ‘200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes’ clip from the programme has been seen by nearly six million people.

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