AMC Networks will premiere “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” with a scheduling roadblock on all of its channels. The first episode of the seven-part series bows Saturday, Jan. 20, on BBC America, AMC, IFC, WE TV and Sundance TV; after that, the remaining six episodes will run weekly on BBC America.
“Blue Planet II” has already aired in the UK, where it is the highest-rated show of 2017. More than 14 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, making it the country’s most-watched natural history program in at least 15 years. “Blue Planet II” is also a massive hit in China, where it recently premiered.
“Blue Planet II” will also debut in Canada on Jan. 20, on the BBC Earth Channel.
Like the recent hit “Planet Earth II,” “Blue Earth II” is presented by Sir David Attenborough and scored by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer. James Honeyborne is the producer.
“’Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ is rare, event television, an extraordinary series we are so proud to launch as a premiere simulcast across all five of our national networks,” said AMC COO Ed Carroll. “AMC Networks prides itself on being a premiere destination for extraordinary storytelling in all of its forms, and this remarkable exploration of our natural world from the BBC is storytelling at its finest.”
“Blue Planet II” was produced over four years and filmed on every continent via 125 expeditions and 6,000 hours spent underwater. Among the highlights: Producer Orla Doherty and her team were the first humans to dive 3,280 feet into the frigid waters of the Antarctic; methane volcanoes 2,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico; and creatures that live seven miles down in the ocean.
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“The experience is a magical and transcendent trip into unexplored worlds,” said BBC America president Sarah Barnett.
Here’s a new trailer for “Blue Planet II.”