PBS on board for Expedition with Steve Backshall after deal with Fremantle

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The 10-part epic adventure series of world-firsts, Expedition with Steve Backshall, will launch on January 15 2020 on PBS (USA) after a deal with Fremantle. To date, Fremantle has sold the series into over 140 territories worldwide, including a pre-sale to France Televisions.

Made by True to Nature and commissioned by BBC and UKTV in association with Fremantle, Expedition with Steve Backshall is 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.

Lisa Honig, SEVP Distribution North America, International, Fremantle, said: “Expedition with Steve Backshall takes viewers to incredible parts of our planet where humans have never ventured before. Steve and his expert team travel to the furthest corners of the world, making eye-opening discoveries which will be sure to capture audiences across America on PBS. We’re looking forward to seeing the series launch in the USA in January 2020.”

In the UK, the full 10×60’ series 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 Backshall is a certified CarbonNeutral ® production by Natural Capital Partners. Fremantle holds global distribution rights.

Expedition with Steve Backshall will launch on January 15, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

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