Fremantle has sold the 10-part epic adventure series of world-firsts, Expedition with Steve Backshall, into over 140 territories worldwide. Following a pre-sale toFrance Télévisions, Fremantle have secured a multitude of deals across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Canada and Latin America.
Expedition with Steve Backshall has sold to Youku (China), Discovery (Germany) Discovery (pan-regional Asia), Discovery (Latin America), RTVE (Spain), Movistar+ (Spain), OSN (MENA), Al Jazeera (MENA), BBC Earth (Africa), CYBC (Cyprus), Groupe TVA (French-speaking Canada), Bloomberg (Turkey), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), Canal+ Dokument (Poland), AMC Networks International Southern Europe for the channel Odissea (Portugal) and Radio Television Suisse (French-speaking Switzerland).
Made by True to Nature and commissioned by BBC and UKTV in association with Fremantle, Expedition with Steve Backshallis an ambitious, prime-time adventure series filled with world firsts. These include: the first descent of a white-water river in the Himalayas; trekking through unexplored jungle in South America; and climbing mountains in the deserts of the Middle East.
The series follows adventurer Steve Backshall, his team of world-class experts and his film crew, as they venture into undiscovered worlds. To be successful, Steve and his adventurist experts – including cave divers, kayakers and mountaineers – will have to rely on each other and the power of extraordinary teamwork.
Jens Richter, CEO, International, Fremantle, said: “We are thrilled by the global success of Expedition with Steve Backshall. This unique series takes the audience into truly undiscovered worlds and competes with the best high-end natural history series out there. Steve Backshall, Wendy Darke and True to Nature have done an incredible job and partnering with them to take this show global has been a fantastic experience.”
In the UK, the full 10×60’ series recently launched on UKTV’s Dave as the channel’s #1 show of the day for younger viewers (16-34s), and as Dave’s #1 rated brand-new series launch in over 5 months.
The first four hour-long episodes also premiered on BBC Two earlier this year, outperforming the channel’s primetime average, and regularly became BBC Two’s #1 show of the day.
Expedition with Steve Backshallis a certified CarbonNeutral® production by Natural Capital Partners. Fremantle holds global distribution rights.