Steve Backshall takes 10 children on an oceanic adventure in the Bahamas to save the world’s sharks in new CBBC series Deadly Mission Shark, produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Deadly Mission Shark is a 10 x 30 mins series, commissioned by Sarah Muller, Head of BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions, 7+, and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Melissa Hardinge.

With 70% of oceanic sharks lost in the last 50 years, sharks are heading for extinction and a new generation of shark advocates is needed. Under Steve’s supervision, ten children will be chosen to undertake a ten day boot camp at a shark sanctuary in the Bahamas where they will learn about the challenges sharks face and how they could help save them in the future.

During the boot camp, the team will learn how to dive and how to interact with sharks. The young advocates will also be actively involved in hands-on conservation projects, benefit from interactions with marine biologists, grasp the significance of shark habitats, and dive deep into Bahamian culture.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education, says: “BBC Children’s remains committed to fun content that sparks wonder, ignites curiosity and educates younger viewers about the world around them. In a time where our natural world faces unprecedented challenges, Deadly Mission Shark aims not just to inform its younger audiences, but inspire. Through Steve’s guidance and the passion of these young participants, Deadly Mission Shark brings adventures in the deep depths of the Bahamian oceans to audiences wherever they are across the UK.”

The Executive producer is Rosemary Edwards from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.

Pippa Considine

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