BBC One is to run a new series of four Blue Planet Live shows across a week in March.

The show will broadcast live from three different locations: East Coast, USA; the Bahamas; and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, said: "Blue Planet Live will thrill the millions of viewers who discovered so much from last year’s ground breaking series that shocked the nation. BBC One continues to lead that conversation as we travel live around the globe to witness first hand the magnificent marine life within our oceans and wake up to one of the biggest environmental crisis of our times.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, said: "Blue Planet Live promises to bring spectacular encounters with some of the most extraordinary marine life on the planet whilst also giving the BBC One audience a new appreciation of the wonders of and the challenges facing our oceans"

On the East Coast of America, Chris Packham will be at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, meeting with scientists, experts and conservationists and assessing the health of the world’s whales at a time of year when many are breeding.

Over 1,000 miles south, at one small island in the Bahamas is known for its shark gatherings, Steve Backshall will undertake a series of live missions to get closer to the ocean’s top predators which gather here in their masses to breed and feed.

At the Great Barrier Reef, Liz Bonnin will help to monitor how new life is faring along the reef. Following her recent investigation into the damage plastic is having on the oceans, she will also be reporting on the challenges facing all marine life and the efforts being made to save our oceans.

Blue Planet Live, a 4×60′ series for BBC One, will be made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co produced with the Open University and BBC Learning. The Executive Producer is Roger Webb. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, TV Content, Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual & Craig Hunter, Lead commissioner, Natural History & Specialist Factual. It will TX in 2019.

Jon Creamer

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