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In a coup for the commercial subsidiary of the British public broadcaster, BBC Studios has secured international pre-sales for Universe, a five-part science series from the makers of The Planets, alongside landmark natural history series The Mating Game from Silverback Films.
BBC STudios 27Sep2021
Universe takes viewers on an interstellar journey to places that were not known as recent as 10 years ago, revealing what the programme maker says are “awe-inspiring” wonders and recreating dramatic moments that defined Earth’s destiny – and our own. Using CGI imagery, the latest scientific research, and archival footage captured during scientific missions, the series immerses viewers in the story of the universe, from its moment of inception 13.8 billion years ago, to what could be its ultimate fate, trillions upon trillions of years in the future.

Universe (NOVA Universe Revealed in the US) is produced by BBC Studios Science Unit with NOVA and GBH Boston, for BBC and PBS, co-produced with Xigua Video and Bytedance, and is an Open University partnership. The series has pre-sold to Denmark (DR), France (France Télévisions), Germany (ZDFinfo), Canada (Radio-Canada), Norway (NRK) and Russia (Yandex). BBC Earth channels across Asia, Canada, CEE, Middle East, Nordics, Poland, Africa, and Turkey will also be premiering the series.

From the producers of A Perfect Planet, The Mating Game (5 x 50’) is the story behind what the producer says are “the most fascinating, hilarious and dramatic” quests to find a mate and leave a lasting legacy. Exploring five different habitats across six continents, the series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reveals the strategies different animals use to find a mate. It is the ultimate inside view on what it takes to succeed at the mating game.

Produced by Silverback Films for BBC and Discovery, co-produced with bilibili, France Télévisions and NHK, the series has pre-sold to Denmark (DR), Canada (Radio-Canada), Estonia (ETV), Spain (Movistar+), New Zealand (TVNZ), Lithuania (LRT) and Norway (NRK). The series will also premiere on BBC Earth channels across Asia, Canada, CEE, Middle East, Nordics, Poland, Africa and Turkey.
“What unites Universe and The Mating Game is the scale of their ambition, with the characters and storylines to rival any major drama series,” commented Louise McNab, director of content sales for BBC Studios Global Distribution. “These are shows that will further audiences’ appreciation of the world around them and beyond.”

Pre-sales for the series have been announced as BBC Studios opens BBC Studios Connect, a virtual destination for the business highlighting premium content on offer to international buyers during the MIPCOM period. Other premium titles on the BBC Studios factual slate include: landmark natural history series The Green Planet, alongside insightful documentaries such as Scandalous: The Maxwell Saga (w/t).