Presales in Place for New David Attenborough Natural History Series


BBC Studios has secured a set of international presales for the newly unveiled Mammals, presented by Sir David Attenborough, from its Natural History Unit.

The six-part series—co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, Youku and France Télévisions—landed presales in China (Youku), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Japan (NHK), Norway (NRK), Spain (Movistar Plus+) and Sweden (SVT).

Mammals will also be available on the BBC Nordic channel and on the BBC Earth channel in Asia, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, MENA, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. Additional broadcasts include Sony BBC Earth in India, BBC Earth SVOD in Taiwan and BBC Player in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Nick Percy, president of global markets at BBC Studios, said: “Hot on the heels of the remarkable success of Planet Earth III, BBC Studios Natural History Unit has delivered yet another inspiring and informative series that international buyers want to be a part of. Mammals offers audiences worldwide a unique insight into the animal kingdom, capturing previously untold and unseen stories whilst delivering unmissable global event television.”

Renowned naturalist and three-time Emmy Award winner—whose long list of credits includes Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet II—presents the series. Twenty years after Life of Mammals, Attenborough revisits this group of animals in a major new series. Full of new, never-before-seen behaviors, Mammals offers insights into the secrets of their success and how their winning design, adaptability, intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise. Each episode explores a different environment: dark, cold, heat, water, forest and the new wild.

Roger Webb, executive producer, said: “Being mammals ourselves, the animals featured in the series and the stories told about them are instantly relatable. It’s impossible not to admire a mother capuchin monkey who’s able to provide her baby with a drink in a dry, sun-baked forest or a chimpanzee father giving his family a lesson in finding honey buried underground. This connection to us makes Mammals an incredibly engaging and compelling piece of television—one that will also lead us to question our role in the lives of the wild mammals we share the planet with.”

Scott Alexander, series producer, added: “Mammals includes animals like the great apes, the big cats, dolphins, whales as well as the mythical wolverine and adorable tenrec—who wouldn’t want to make a series with such a wonderful cast of animals.”

Jack Bootle, head of commissioning at the BBC for specialist factual, said: “Following the enormous success of Wild Isles and Planet Earth III last year, I’m delighted Sir David is returning to the BBC to present this fascinating new series. Mammals are the most adaptable and—for my money—adorable animals on earth, and I can’t wait for viewers to learn more about the remarkable strategies they use to survive in every corner of the planet.”