BBC Worldwide makes waves with Blue Planet II sales

Landmark Natural History series premieres at MIPCOM

Published: 9 October 2017
Blue Planet II is shaping up to be another big international hit, hot on the heels of the hugely successful Planet Earth II.
— Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets for BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has announced pre-sales of the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s stunning new landmark series, Blue Planet II, to broadcasters around the globe. The seven-parter, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has been pre sold to over 30 countries and will be given an international premiere at Mipcom 2017 on Monday, 16th October (15.45 – 17.00 Auditorium A, Palais).

New pre-sales for Blue Planet II range from Canada (Blue Ant Media’s licensed channel, BBC Earth), Australia (Channel Nine) and New Zealand (TVNZ ) to Europe with Denmark (DR), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Spain (Telefonica’s BBC Earth block) and Portugal (RTP) all licensing the series.  In Central and Eastern Europe, Estonia (ETV) and Lithuania (LRT) have also come on board. Previously announced sales include Discovery Channel for Latin America and co-production partnerships with BBC America, Germany’s WDR and France Télévisions. Sony BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Nordics, Asia and CEE will also be premiering the series.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets for BBC Worldwide, comments: “Blue Planet II is shaping up to be another big international hit, hot on the heels of the hugely successful Planet Earth II.  The BBC Studios Natural History Unit are in a league of their own when it comes to producing global event TV with this new series being epic in scale, ambition and dedication.”

Filmed over four years covering every continent and every ocean, this sequel to 2001’s multi-award winning Blue Planet promises to take viewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet. By using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, the series will reveal the astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviours. Warm and compelling stories about marine habitats and their characterful inhabitants will build people’s emotional relationship with our oceans and bring a new perspective to this little-known world. Introducing the much anticipated Blue Planet II at the Cannes premiere will be Julian Hector, Head of the Natural History Unit, and Executive Producer James Honeyborne. 

BBC Worldwide stand - P3.B38. Palais Level 3

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Blue Planet II

This series takes viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet – our oceans. Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has been transformed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, Blue Planet II shares astonishing new discoveries. Meet a tool-using tusk fish that cracks clams for its dinner. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a sperm whale as it dives into the abyss. Inspiring awe and wonder, this series reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new animal behaviours.


A BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, WDR and France Télévisions. A BBC Open University partnership.