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10 January 2017



Multiple BAFTA and Emmy award-winning independent company Atlantic Productions, in a co-production with Alucia Productions, is embarking on its latest landmark series Mission Galapagos (3 x 60’), presented by Liz Bonnin and commissioned by BBC One. The ambitious new series will be distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.

Mission Galapagos follows a team of international scientists embarking upon a journey of discovery across the islands of the Galapagos, aboard a state of the art high-tech research vessel. Never before has an expedition of this scale been attempted on these islands. 200 years on from the historic voyage of HMS Beagle, they will be undertaking an expedition that Darwin could only have dreamed of. The team will explore the deepest depths of the ocean, journey deep inside volcanic craters and visit the Scalesia forests to answer questions such as why do Hammerhead sharks school in masses? What do sun fish, a fish twice the size of humans, do at the depths of the ocean? What effect has El Nino had on the sea lion population? The discoveries the team make will inform research that will help unlock the mysteries of these extraordinary islands and its unique wildlife.




Capturing the energy and dynamism of this ground-breaking expedition, Mission Galapagos has been described as one of the most important scientific exploration of the Galapagos Islands ever undertaken. Combing the latest science and technology, including portable x-ray machines and a LiDAR scanning sensor, with the newest filming techniques and cutting-edge graphics, this series will open a unique window into one of the world’s most important habitats.

Craig Hunter, Commissioning Editor at BBC says “Mission Galapagos takes the science expedition format to a new level. This is a unique opportunity to explore one of the world’s most exciting natural habitats, at a crucial time. When the animals and islands are facing an uncertain future… This series promises to be a gripping adventure full of scientific firsts – a genuine voyage of discovery.”

Anthony Geffen series producer and CEO at Atlantic Productions says “We are thrilled to have gone to the Galapagos with such an extraordinary team of experts including presenter Liz Bonnin, and a leading scientific team, aboard a state of the art research vessel and with the latest technology at our fingertips. Two hundred years after Darwin’s original voyage to these extraordinary islands, we still have so much more to learn from its remarkable wildlife."

Mission Galapagos is set to air on BBC One in the first quarter of 2017.

About Atlantic Productions
Atlantic Productions leads a group of companies which make television programmes, theatrical and IMAX films, apps, visual effects and now, immersive virtual reality and online interactive experiences. Since the company was founded in 1992 Atlantic has built a reputation for world-class story-telling, enhanced by the latest techniques and technologies, including the building of pioneering cross-platform and digital experiences. Atlantic is a leader in 4K and 3D productions.

Atlantic has won many of the most prestigious awards in television, including the coveted BAFTA award for best specialist factual twice in the last four years (2014 & 2011), ten Emmy awards, two RTS awards and the best 3D award at Jackson Hole and Wildscreen. Recently, Atlantic’s foray into multi-platform saw them win the prestigious “Best Interactive Media” award at Jackson Hole for the NHM Alive! App.

Their diverse output includes history, science, natural history, current affairs, observational, music and arts and dramas. Their films have been seen in over 100 countries.

Recent productions include INSIDE THE COMMONS (BBC), DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S GREAT BARRIER REEF (BBC) and TIME SCANNERS (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC). Through their new immersive content studio Alchemy VR (David Attenborough’s First Life VR, David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR), they are currently working on producing new Virtual Reality experiences.

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