24 NOV 2021

Fremantle to globally distribute the second season of Steve Backshall’s "Expedition"

The six-part True to Nature Productions title is set to air in a total of 144 territories around the globe, including the UK on 28th November on Dave Channel and UKTV, and on Friday on France Télévisions, BBC Earth, PBS, and Discovery, among others.

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 Fremantle has secured deals to launch "Expedition Series 2,"  in 144 territories across the globe. “Steve has a captivating presence on screen and the first season of Expedition allowed us to share some amazing world-firsts with our broadcasting partners around the world,"  Angela Neillis, SVP Non-Scripted Content, International at Fremantle said. "With the second season of Expedition on our distribution slate, just as stunning as the last, Fremantle continues to prove itself as a key contender in the factual sphere.  We are thrilled to be working with True To Nature Productions again.”

Produced by True to Nature Productions for UKTV, the 6 x 60’ second season will launch in the UK on 28th November on Dave channel, in addition to on-demand service UKTV Play.  The second instalment is also set to air on France Télévisions in France, PBS in the US, BBC Earth in Africa, Asia and via Blue Ant Media in Canada, Discovery in Latin America, SBS in Australia and Quebecor Content (French speaking Canada).  Fremantle cofinanced the title again alongside UKTV. 

The company previously announced Expedition Series 2 as part of its Autumn distribution slate of factual programming, marking the global production and distribution giant’s commitment to growing its factual slate with more high-end documentaries. Other broadcasters who have acquired the second series include VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), AMC Networks International Central & Northern Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia), MTV OY (Finland), Ushuaïa TV (France), ERT (Greece), Ananey (Israel), TV3 Group (Latvia, Lithuania), Macedonia Radio & Television (North Macedonia), OSN (Middle East and North Africa), AMC Networks International Southern Europe (Portugal), Telefonica (Spain), UR – Sveriges Utbildningsradio (Sweden) and Bloomberg (Turkey).  This follows the success of the first series which sold to over 160 territories.

The award-winning series shows the wildlife expert as he endures adventures in remote parts of the planet, set out to discover fresh insights that could help to secure a future for the world’s wildlife. He visits Kronotsky river in the far east of Russia, as well as Arabia's longest lava tube, beneath the desert floor in the ancient kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Steve has a captivating presence on screen and the first season of Expedition allowed us to share some amazing world-firsts with our broadcasting partners around the world. With the second season of Expedition on our distribution slate, just as stunning as the last, Fremantle continues to prove itself as a key contender in the factual sphere.  We are thrilled to be working with True To Nature Productions again.” Angela Neillis SVP Non-Scripted Content, International, Fremantle