Pioneer Productions is to make Ocean Autopsy (1×90’) for BBC Four.
The film will carry out an ‘autopsy’ on the ocean, where leading oceanographer Dr Helen Czerski, along with zoologist Dr George McGavin, will reveal the changes it’s undergoing due to human activity.
Throughout the film, Czerski and McGavin will look at the water’s toxicity due to industrial chemicals and will investigate a plague of microplastics saturating the water. They’ll discover how this human-wrought change is in turn impacting our own health, and they’ll perform an autopsy on a porpoise to witness the devastating impact these changes are having on marine life at the top of the food chain.
But the pair will also follow some signs of hope, including re-wilded salt marshes, flooded to counter rising seas, and biodiversity hotspots at the base of wind farms.
Peter Collins, Executive Producer, says “We were really keen to tell the story of our fragile oceans beyond just plastics – invisible killers, like PCBs and other chemicals, are having devastating effects on entire marine ecosystems. The film uncovers the truth about these human induced pollutants, as well as exploring the possible solutions”
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