January of 2013 will see the broadcast of the third incarnation in the critically acclaimed “Wonders Of” science series presented by Physicist Brian Cox.
Following the highly popular Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe which were jointly funded by the BBC and the Discovery channel, BBC Worldwide has now teamed up with China’s CCTV network.
Together they have produced the new series – Wonders of Life. In a change to the first two series which both focused on what lies beyond our planet, Wonders of Life takes a look at the natural life that surrounds us right here on planet Earth.
Once again we will be guided by the calmly, enthusiastic Professor Brian Cox who has a knack for explaining the most complex and confusing subjects in science without seeming to overload your brain or bore you.
Many science TV shows can sometimes make you feel more like you are studying at a university lecture. However thanks to the skills of Professor Cox and the big budget productions the “Wonders Of” shows feel more like a blockbuster movie than a lecture and I certainly mean that in a good way.
Even when Prof Brian Cox began describing the known workings of black holes and the singularity in Wonders of the Universe I could still just about follow him, just. This was almost certainly helped by the beautiful visual aids of the cutting edge Computer Generated Imagery and after all that’s one of the things viewers love so much about these shows, the way they get you thinking and stretch your imagination.
Thanks to the big budget that comes with a joint production we are once again being treated to some spectacular locations and scenery in Wonders of Life, this time all filmed for real with no CGI needed.
We’ll see Brian visit many spectacular and beautiful places including the flooded Taal Volcano on the Philippine island of Luzon, the Australian outback and the Borneo rainforests.
For the most part though WOL doesn’t focus on the Earth itself but more the amazing and sometimes weird creatures that call it home. From the Christmas Island Robber Crab to the Mantis Shrimp, this is certainly not your run of the mill nature show.
Wonders of Life’s air date is set for the 27th of January, 2013 at 9:00pm on the BBC in the UK, of course in stunning HD which is really put to best use with these kind of documentary programs.
Wonders Of Life will be broadcast a while after the BBC’s popular astronomy show Stargazing Live which will be back for it’s third season. Stargazing Live is also presented by Prof Brian Cox along with Irish stand up comedian Dara O’briain.
In China Wonders Of Life will be broadcast on channel CCTV 9 but we are currently unaware of if, when and where it will be shown around the rest of the world.