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BBC Two to make its latest live event series Volcano Live

BBC Two to make its latest live event series Volcano Live
Pippa Considine
16 March 2012

Following the success of Stargazing and Lambing Live, BBC Two continues its approach to commissioning live events for television with Volcano Live, a four-part series presented by Kate Humble and Professor Iain Stewart.

Broadcasting live over four days from 9 - 12 July from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, Volcano Live will connect viewers with this active terrain as it transforms the life and landscape around it.

Volcano Live is a BBC Factual Production. The executive producer is Lisa Ausden and series producer is Alan Holland.

Four themes will structure the course of each episode. Episode one: An Introduction to our Active World, Episode two: Life and Death, Episode three: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis, Episode four: The Future.

Live action will be interspersed with pre-recorded footage capturing the expeditions of volcanologists and enthusiasts worldwide. With at least 20 volcanoes erupting at any one time around the world, Volcano Live explores their global impact. It takes in volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Chile and Iceland, with experts using experiments, demonstrations, and technology to explain the mechanics.

Controller of BBC Two, Janice Hadlow says: “Volcano Live will offer BBC Two viewers a rare opportunity to join world-class experts at the forefront of cutting-edge volcanology research. Broadcasting live from the edge of one of the world’s most active volcanoes over four days will offer a completely new and unique way of experiencing this powerful and unpredictable natural phenomenon.”

Presenter, Kate Humble says: “Presenting live television that responds to the mostly unpredictable natural environment is never an easy thing to do, but after Lambing Live, Spring and Autumnwatch, I’ve got the bug! I am hugely excited to learn about the temperamental furnace bubbling away beneath our feet and to share my experience of being face to face with these awe-inspiring natural wonders with BBC viewers.”

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