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Turner Digs ‘Botanic Garden’ as First Original Show for World Heritage Channel

Turner’s new World Heritage Channel is to broadcast “A World Icon: Singapore Botanic Garden,” a documentary special that it has commissioned from Beach House Pictures.

Commissioning the show “signals the start of the channel’s commitment to creating original Asian documentary content,” Turner said in a statement. The premium content channel was announced in March this year and got its first launch in April in the Philippines.

Singapore’s 150-year old, 74 hectare (182 acre) oasis is the world’s only tropical botanic gardens to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The show will be produced in 4K, using drone technology and feature extensive slow motion and time-lapse visuals. It will go to air in late 2015 or early 2016.

“This is a garden like no other with fascinating stories of history, heritage, culture and science, hidden in each petal, leaf and brick. This documentary will chart the phenomenal evolution and transformation of a modest tropical garden into a world icon,” said Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific.

Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, is part of the NHNZ group, wholly-owned by former Fox Network Group boss David Haslingden. It has produced award-winning nature series “Kakadu,” the Sir David Attenborough-narrated series “Wild City,” and the epic two-part “China from Above.”

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