‘London Calling’ BBC Worldwide

New shows look at culture in capital, live natural history

CANNES — A live natural history show and a season celebrating London culture in the run-up to the Olympics are being lined up by BBC Worldwide’s international webs.

Announcing the initiatives at MipTV, Jana Bennett, prexy worldwide networks and global iPlayer, said that “Planet Earth Live” and “London Calling” offered auds the opportunity “to feel part of a truly global viewing experience.”

“Planet Earth Live” claims to be the biggest live wildlife broadcast the BBC has staged.

Produced by its Natural History Unit, the show is “an animal soap opera, where nature writes the script,” according to Bennett.

“Planet Earth Live” will air via BBC Knowledge (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Poland, Italy, the Nordic Region), BBC Entertainment (India), BBC HD (Latin America) and in a selection of European countries on the global BBC iPlayer.

“London Calling” is a season of shows focusing on the music, fashion, art, culture and history of Blighty’s capital city.

The season kicks off with live coverage from Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee celebrating the 60th anniversary of the monarch’s reign.

“London Calling” will air between June and August on BBC Entertainment (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Asia, India, Latin America and the channel’s pan-European service), BBC Knowledge (Africa, Poland, the Nordic Region, Italy, Asia and Australia), BBC HD (Latin America, Poland, the Nordic region and Turkey), UKTV (Australia and New Zealand) and BBC World News (global).

Bennett added: “Ours is the only network in the world which can deliver such massive global moments to an international audience and is what made our coverage of the Royal Wedding last year so successful. This year I want to go bigger and bolder.”

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