BBC Earth

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Launches 10 October

Worldwide TV phenomenons Planet Earth II , Blue Planet II , Frozen Planet II and The Hunt come to Foxtel and streaming On Demand on Foxtel, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now

Foxtel today announced that its new channel BBC Earth will launch for the first time in Australia on Foxtel on Thursday October 10.

Foxtel customers can explore new worlds and escape with BBC Earth in a new High Definition channel connecting viewers with the incredible natural world around them exploring wild landscapes, remote locations, and getting up close and personal with all creatures great and small.

BBC Earth is home to world-class factual programming and documentaries showcasing the best of Sir David Attenborough from BBC Studio’s acclaimed Natural History Unit, alongside science programming, adventure series and human stories from inspiring and passionate experts including Louis Theroux, Michael Mosley, Kate Humble and Professor Brian Cox.

Foxtel CEO, Patrick Delany said: “The October debut of BBC Earth on Foxtel will form part of a larger announcement at the launch event of Foxtel Media, the media sales company formerly known as Multi Channel Network (MCN), in Sydney, where we will unveil a wholesale repositioning and renewal of Foxtel’s entertainment and Lifestyle channels.

“With BBC Earth, Foxtel viewers will have access to the best of the BBC’s world-class documentaries made using the latest technology to record and share the extraordinary world around us. The dedicated BBC Earth channel and the dramatically expanded on demand catalogue of BBC natural history shows are a great proof point that Foxtel provides the best of TV and on demand all in one place.

“BBC Earth is one element of Foxtel’s long-term relationship with BBC Studios, which cements our position as the go to destination for premium British drama, entertainment, documentaries, natural history, children’s programming and news.”

New programs launching on BBC Earth from the first week include Sir David Attenborough’s much-loved series Blue Planet II , Frozen Planet , Planet Earth II , The Hunt , and Attenborough: The Sea Dragon , in addition to Tribes, Animals and Me , Rituals , Expedition Volcano , and Wild Mexico .

Many popular series from BBC Knowledge will be migrating across to the new BBC Earth channel including Africa with Ade Adepitan , Building Giants , Dangerous Earth , Tribal Bootcamp , Where the Wild Men Are , Weird Wonders of the World , World’s Busiest Cities , as well as documentaries from Ben Fogle, Brian Cox, Levison Wood, Louis Theroux, Michael Mosley, Simon Reeve, and Steve Backshall.

BBC Earth will replace the existing channel BBC Knowledge (CH 614) with many more hours of programming available to view in an enhanced On Demand offering in stunning High Definition.

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The newly restored version of Zoo Quest premieres tonight at 8.30pm AEDT and continues on Mondays.
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2021

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Sir David Attenborough Month

January

Join BBC Earth the whole month of January as we look at some of Sir David Attenborough’s best work. Titles include his call to action Climate Change: The Facts , Seven Worlds One Planet, Blue Planet II, Frozen Planet, Planet arth II, Dynasties and more.

Life Below Zero: Series 7

Australian Premiere

From January 16 20x60

Follow the further icy adventures of Life Below Zero ’s resilient characters as the series charts their day-to-day lives in Alaska.

In an increasingly unpredictable Arctic climate, they must quickly adapt to the changing landscape in their quest for freedom and survival. Sue is preparing herself for an increasingly uncertain future. Jessie and his dog team are getting ready for their second 1,000-mile Iditarod sled race. Meanwhile, unusual weather conditions are hampering the Hailstones’ harvest of vital resources. Andy continues to teach Denise essential bush survival skills. And Ricko shows his children the importance of carrying on the Athabaskan way of life.

Where the Wild Men Are: Revisited Series 2

Australian Premiere

Coming 2021 6x60

Adventurer Ben Fogle revisits people around the world who turned their backs on the rat-race to set up home in some of Earth’s most remote locations.

How have things panned out for the former war correspondent who became a grizzly bear guide in the Canadian wilderness? Or the former city fat cat turned jungle Tarzan in the swamplands of Georgia, USA? And what about the man whose tragic accident prompted a move to Australia’s notorious Tornado Alley? Ben finds out what’s changed for these compelling characters as he learns about the challenges they’ve faced since he first spent time with them. Is life in the wild still their ultimate dream?

I’ve noticed that this channel (and the other doco channels) are suddenly available to me. I don’t have the doco pack. Is this some sort of promotion and if so does anyone know how long for? I’ve already found some really good stuff on this channel.

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Docos and kids available for free until Feb 21.

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Awesome it has a lot of interesting stuff on there and was thinking it might disappear at the end of the month. Good to know.

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Feb 21 is also the last day of the Aust Open so I’m wondering if it’s deliberate.

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Why?

Why what?

What does the Australian Open have to do with this?

Competitors often offer their content for free during big events on other channels.

Such as FOX8 airing the animations straight for two weeks during every Olympics and Nickelodeon airing Spongebob for 2 weeks.

It’s to give people who don’t like tennis an opportunity to view their programs and hopefully subscribe after they’re hooked.

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is this isn’t the first time Foxtel has offered free packs to people who don’t have that particular pack

WILDERNESS WEEK COMING TO BBC EARTH THIS OCTOBER

BBC Earth is pleased to announce Wilderness Week, a special line up of programming that explores and celebrates our wild and rugged landscapes and the people that immerse themselves within it, is coming to BBC Earth this October. Screening each evening at 7.20pm from Monday October 24, viewers will venture into the wild with a week of gritty documentaries that explore our passion for adventure.

The week kicks off with Steve Backshall’s Extreme River Challenge, as adventurer Steve Backshall takes on the toughest challenge of his career: a complete descent of the Baliem, a wild waterway of epic rapids. This is extreme nature – an adrenalized adventure where anything could happen. No outside support. No shortcuts. No limits.

On Tuesday we journey with Levison Wood as he sets himself the most ambitious of challenges, to walk the length of the Himalaya from Afghanistan to Bhutan. A four month journey over 2,735 kilometres, this gruelling trek brings him into contact with monks, soldiers and nomadic tribes in some of the most isolated and beautiful valleys and mountain passes on Earth. Four episodes of Walking the Himalayas airing on Tuesday night.

Wednesday is the territory premiere of Our Wildest Dreams. This powerful observational documentary follows four British families as they leave the UK and start a new life from scratch in some of the most extraordinary places on the planet. Tracking every step of their different journeys over the course of a year, from their final days in Britain to their arrival, and the start of their new life, we witness the highs and lows as ordinary families attempt to build new homes and new lives in the wild.

Thursday we wander into a legendary land known for its scorching hot deserts, red rock canyon lands, giant snow-capped mountains and rugged shorelines in Wild West. Home to a vibrant cast of tricksters, pioneers and outlaws, from the shrewd coyote to the feisty hummingbird, the mighty blue whale to the spirited mustang. The series explores this fascinating area of North America: the canyon lands, the high country and the shores.

On Friday we celebrate 10 seasons of Ben Fogle with the territory premiere of Where the Wild Men Are, where the world-known explorer meets more people who’ve turned their back on the rat race and set up home in some of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world. In this series Ben meets Alex, a retail whizz-kid who left the UK for his own remote Portuguese mountain, he joins Georg and Bettina, a European couple who’ve found solace in the Irish wilderness, and also Sandy, who’s swapped a career in the tourist industry to rescue animals on a Greek Island.

Saturday we’re back with Steve Backshall as he takes on one of the most notorious and deadly mountain climbs in the world – the north face of the Eiger in Steve Backshall Vs The Vertical Mile. After months of gruelling training, Steve and his elite climbing team arrive in Switzerland for their attempt to climb the mountain dubbed ‘the ogre’.

Levison Wood wraps up Wilderness Week on Sunday with Levison Wood: From Russia to Iran as he takes on a new expedition in this four-part series: to cross the mighty Caucasus mountain range that lies between Russia and Iran. And as well as a new region of the world, Levison is taking a new approach to exploring: making his way by any means necessary. Travelling with the locals and living as they do, Levison’s epic 2,600-mile journey takes him through five countries, crossing the wild lands on the tense frontier between Europe and Asia, visiting some of the most fascinating and diverse people on earth.

Wilderness Week premieres all week at 7.20pm weekdays and 6.10pm on the weekends during the week commencing October 24th.

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