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Watch a One-Hour Special Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 10pm

BBC and PBS are launching a live television and multimedia event, BIG BLUE LIVE. Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together for two amazing live weeks in late August and early September to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures –humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans – convene in this once-a-year confluence.

BIG BLUE LIVE airs live on PBS over three nights. In both feeds, as well as streaming online and in social media, viewers can watch one of nature’s great “reality” shows delivered through state-of-the-art filming technologies and live reports from air, sea, and below the waves. The multi-platform event will be anchored by four on-air correspondents from a reporting hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) research vessels. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights. The week prior to the PBS broadcast, BBC will air its live broadcast in the UK, and will be streaming online and through social media for UK viewers.

The on-air correspondents include Dr. M Sanjayan, the host of EARTH A New Wild, recently on PBS, and currently the senior scientist at Conservation International; Liz Bonnin, a science broadcast journalist based in the UK known for her work on the BBC science programs BANG GOES THE THEORY and STARGAZING LIVE; Dr. Joy Reidenberg, an anatomist with expertise in animal reproduction, will be on location as a primary science contributor, providing insight into the anatomy of the wide range of marine life that populates Monterey Bay; Steve Backshall, an award-winning naturalist, writer and TV anchor known for his work on BBC’s DEADLY 60. Matt Baker, a UK-based news anchor known best for his work on THE ONE SHOW, a daily magazine program airing on BBC will appear on the BBC live broadcast. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights on different aspects of marine life and ecology.

The series will have multi-platform support from digital and social media, as well as from PBS Learning Media and local PBS stations.

BIG BLUE LIVE is part of the new multi-title co-production deal between PBS, BBC, and BBC Worldwide North America announced earlier this year. The partnership provides a pipeline of high-quality entertaining factual programs that PBS and BBC audiences have come to expect. 

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