France Télévisions acquires new Steve Backshall series

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French public broadcaster France Télévisions has acquired the 10-part epic adventure series of world-firsts, Expedition with Steve Backshall, as a pre-sale deal with global producer and distributor Fremantle.

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.

Expedition with Steve Backshall represents the best in factual programming and we are pleased to have France Télévisions as our first global partner for the series.” said Al De Azpiazu, VP, Sales & Distribution, Western Europe, International, Fremantle. “Steve attempts a world first expedition in every episode, which in this era is very special. The danger and drama of these adventures combined with Steve’s inquisitive and charismatic personality, all in the most breath-taking locations across the world, will be sure to draw in French audiences.”

Speaking for France Télévisions, Commissioning Editor Amandine Picault said: “We are really thrilled to be involved in this exciting new series, which will bring new knowledge of some of the world’s unexplored corners. The combination of real-life adventure and stunning scenery will be a powerful mix which packs a real emotional punch. The series fits perfectly with our public-service remit to provide strong and intelligent content in a lively and accessible format.”

The first four, hour-long episodes will premiere on BBC Two in 2019. UKTV’s Dave will show the full, 10×60’ series later in the year, exclusively premiering six new expeditions as well as showing its own versions of the four BBC episodes. Fremantle holds global distribution rights.

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