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Press Release




Prime and BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) have agreed a deal which will see a range of BBC
Worldwide’s best factual and documentary series, including Sir David Attenborough’s highly acclaimed
Planet Earth II, premiere exclusively on the free-to-air channel in New Zealand.

A decade after the original Planet Earth, which Prime will also encore this year, Planet Earth ll allows the
audience to experience the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves. Travelling through jungles,
deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, the series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s
most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them using new technology for an
unparalleled level of detail that will take viewers closer than ever before.

Planet Earth ll premiered to more than nine million viewers in the UK and Karen Bieleski, Head of
Entertainment Content at SKY TV, is thrilled that Prime will showcase the six-part series to natural history
fans here.

“It is tremendously exciting to be working with BBC Worldwide to bring this and other terrific new
documentary series to a Kiwi audience. Documentary and factual content is very popular with our viewers
and we know that this great BBC line up will be well received. In particular, there has been considerable
interest locally in Planet Earth II and we are looking forward to sharing its incredible and unique stories
with our viewers this year,” she said.

Prime Planet, the channel’s popular documentary strand, will also benefit from the deal, featuring a variety
of new BBC documentaries. Armchair travellers will enjoy author and adventurer Simon Reeves’ fresh look
at the history of the cultural melting pot that is Turkey, in his new two-part series Turkey With Simon Reeve;
and natural history buffs can fly skyward to witness wildlife from above in the new series Life In The Air. The
wonders of the animal kingdom will be explored in Animal Babies, and due to popular demand, man’s best
friend returns for a second season of Secret Life Of Dogs.

Stephen O’Hanlon, Content Sales Manager at BBC Worldwide ANZ, said, “It’s wonderful to have Planet
Earth II
premiering on Prime in New Zealand where its remarkable predecessor launched ten years ago.
Along with this redefining Natural History masterpiece, Prime will premiere a package of highly anticipated
quality factual content that we’re sure New Zealand viewers will love.”

Other new programmes in the deal include the one-off special Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute, the indepth
documentary Louis Theroux: Savile, new seasons of popular auction series Flog It!, and season two of
Fishing Impossible.

Broadcast details for all programmes will be released in due course.

Planet Earth II
A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on
Earth. Ten years on, advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean
we can reveal our planet from a completely new perspective. New technology has allowed individual
stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail. For the first time viewers are immersed in
incredible landscapes, allowing them to share the most dramatic moments in the lives of animals.

Turkey With Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve presents a fresh, engaging and in-depth look at the country which stands at the crossroads of
Europe, Asia and the Middle East, examining its rich culture and fascinating history, exploring how the
country is evolving and its prospects for the future.

Life In The Air
Experience the lives of jumping, gliding and flying creatures like never before, thanks to this groundbreaking
wildlife series from the BBC’s renowned Natural History Unit. Flight is the ultimate superpower, an
extraordinary ability most of us can only dream of. From squirrels to spiders, frogs to fish, and birds to bats
discover how these animals hunt, travel, sleep, live and die in the air.

Animal Babies
With stunning photography and endearing animal stories, this series makes perfect family viewing as it
chronicles the lives of baby animals in three very different wild environments. On the vast savannahs of
Africa, youngsters encounter the world’s top predators and face intense competition; water babies must
deal with threatening coasts and powerful currents; and in the mountains, food is scarce and the weather

Secret Life Of Dogs S2
This ground-breaking series returns to explore the huge diversity of dogs by separating them into three
distinct tribes – man’s best friend, workers and family. Each episode is packed with real-life stories – meet
the mutt paragliding with her owner, a Great Dane that helped a young girl walk for the first time in nine
years, a team of huskies in training for the longest race of their lives and Ricochet, the surfing dog helping
people with autism.

Fishing Impossible S2
Our favourite three fishing fanatics are back to tackle more of the world’s best extreme fishing trips in this
exciting and entertaining series. Packed with adrenaline-fuelled fishing antics, camaraderie, comedy
moments and a healthy dose of friendly rivalry – not to mention some stunning locations in beautiful parts
of the world – Fishing Impossible is the catch of the season.

Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute
Narrated by HRH The Prince Of Wales, this documentary is a unique celebration of The Queen’s 90 years
piecing together footage from Her Majesty’s personal cine film collection with interviews and observations
from various members of the Royal Family, offering their own personal insights into the woman they know
both as a member of their own close family and as Queen.

Louis Theroux: Savile
Following his 2011 death, British radio and television personality Jimmy Savile was revealed to be a
predatory sex offender with a vast number of victims, who had used his celebrity status to commit these
crimes. In light of the devastating revelations about the disgraced star, Louis Theroux re-examines his own
attempts in 2000 to get behind the man’s public persona in his immersive documentary When Louis Met
Jimmy, talks to people who worked closely with Savile as well as some of his victims, and shows footage
that’s never aired before on television.

Flog It!
It’s amazing what treasures can be found in the average home, as Flog It! finds out every time members of
the public pitch up with their possessions at one of its famous valuation days, before the contributors risk
their money by selling their own antiques at auction.