Three part series Wild Alaska Live, to be broadcast live across a week in July 2017 from the makers of 2015’s BAFTA award winning Big Blue Live, will broadcast one of the greatest wildlife spectacles from one of the remotest corners of Earth.
Viewers will be taken on a live adventure, as the crew broadcasts from across the vast wildernesses of Alaska, one of the last and best places in the world to see these spectacular animals in all their glory.
Steve Backshall, Matt Baker and Liz Bonnin will be there at the most crucial time of year for Alaskan wildlife; the annual salmon run triggers the start of a remarkable summer feast as black bears, brown bears, Kodiak bears, orca, humpback whales, salmon, beavers, salmon sharks, walrus, wolves and many others gather for a summer feast like no other on the planet.
Steve Backshall says: “Alaska is the last frontier of the continent, with forgotten forests the size of nations, cut through with glaciers, mountains and raging rivers. In July an unparalleled explosion of life transforms the wilderness, creating one of the greatest wildlife events on the planet, and we’re going to be there… live.”
Matt Baker says: “Two years ago we set off for Monterey Bay with a wealth of expertise and the technology to show all of you back home one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth as it happened. Big Blue Live was live family television at its best. Now we’re all heading back into the wilds, this time to Alaska with one simple aim – to show you what bears, wolves, whales and many others get up to in one of the most remote parts of the world, while you go about your everyday life in the UK.
“Alaska is, of course, one of those dream places of wonder, from glaciers to rainforests, now we can experience it together as it happens.”
Liz Bonnin says: “Getting the chance to observe the natural behaviours of brown bears and wolves in one of the last remaining true wildernesses on earth is going to be a thrilling experience.
“I’ll be based at Katmai National Park – pretty much as remote and pristine a place as you can get – exploring the challenges of conserving these precious species and their habitats, telling the stories of individual animals and capturing all the live action as the salmon run plays out. I’m so excited to be part of the adventure, and to bring all of this to our BBC One audience as the week unfolds.”
Wild Alaska Live will be a thrilling celebration of one of the biggest conservation success stories on the planet. Almost all of America’s brown bears are in Alaska, there are more wolves in here than almost anywhere else in the world and the orca population is booming. Every animal we encounter is part of this inspirational story.
Matt Baker will be presenting live from the world’s largest temperate rainforest, the stunning Tongass National Forest where black bears and bald eagles await the end point of the epic salmon migration.
Liz will be living in one of the remotest areas of Alaskan wilderness, Katmai National Park, amongst some of the largest brown bears in the world. She’ll also be on the trail of the ultimate symbol of wilderness, the iconic wolf.
Each show will see Steve Backshall undertake a daring live expedition to a new remote location. He’ll attempt a helicopter landing on a moving glacier and an abseil right underneath the ice, to where this whole natural event started, before heading off-shore to seek out the biggest predators of them all – orcas and humpback whales.
Steve Backshall as Host
Liz Bonnin as Host
Matt Baker as Host
key behind the scenes crew
Roger Webb as Executive Producer
Wildlife, Natural History
In production for broadcast July 2017
3×60 minute episodes
network and production companies
BBC One – PBS – BBC Studios Natural History Unit
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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