September 27, 2018

AMC Networks Five-Week Simulcast Event Announced for Dynasties

Next Landmark Natural History Series From Emmy©-Winning Producers of Planet Earth II and Narrated By Recent EmmyÒ-Winner Sir David Attenborough

Dynasties Premieres January 19 on BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV

New York, NY Announced today, BBC AMERICA’s upcoming five-part co-production Dynasties will premiere on Saturday, January 19, at 9:00pm ET/PT, as an AMC Networks simulcast event across BBC AMERICA, AMC, IFC, and SundanceTV.

Presented by world-renowned naturalist and recent EmmyÒ-winner Sir David Attenborough (Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II) and executive produced by EmmyÒ-winner Mike Gunton (Planet Earth II), Dynasties follows five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation.

The AMC Networks Blue Planet II simulcast premiere event in January 2018 ranked as the most-watched nature program on ad-supported TV in eight years.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, said: “Dynasties tells stories about nature that rival the best dramas on television today: there is suspense, characters you’ll deeply root for, along with heartbreak, humor, nobility, and joy. This is next-level nature documentary storytelling that reminds us we are all connected to the beauty and life of our shared planet. BBC AMERICA is proud to build off this year’s successful Blue Planet II premiere simulcast to now create a five-week multi-network television event for the start of the new year.”

Pressure is mounting on some of the most iconic species in the world, as their environments face destruction and change.

This series will focus on never-seen-before detail on one particular family from each species per episode:

  • Chimpanzees on the edge of the Sahara in Senegal, West Africa
  • Emperor penguins in the frozen wastes of Antarctica
  • Lions on the savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara
  • Painted wolves on the floodplains of the great Zambezi river in Zimbabwe
  • Tigers in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, India

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit has painstakingly filmed them over four years in a new landmark format as they play politics, fight battles, make alliances, launch take-overs, battle rivals and win family feuds.

Dynasties will show perhaps the most intimate and intense stories of their kind that have ever been captured before, showing both the immense difficulties of leadership in nature and the relentless determination of animals to protect their families. They face unforeseen challenges not only from within their species and their rivals, but from changes to their environment, and the impact humanity has had on our fragile ecosystem that will ricochet throughout generations. The series will tell the unique and emotional stories of some of the greatest families in nature through the inimitable lens of BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.

Dynasties is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit Production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC AMERICA and France Télévisions.

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BBC AMERICA is a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II and acclaimed Planet Earth: Blue Planet II, top-rated science-fiction phenomenon Doctor Who, ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear, buzzy and hilarious The Graham Norton Show as well as the upcoming series Killing Eve from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Dynasty (w/t), the next chapter in the epic story of our planet, as well as Premier League Darts. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide (the commercial arm of the BBC) and AMC Networks, BBCA’s influential shows such as Orphan Black and Luther, among many others, have attracted critical acclaim and earned Emmy® Awards, Peabody Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes®. Created in 1998, the irrepressible network has garnered one of cable’s most curious, educated and affluent audiences, with many properties boasting super-fan levels of engagement. Available through cable, satellite TV and streaming services, BBC AMERICA broadcasts in both standard and high-definition. Get caught up, BBCA offers full episodes On Demand across all major digital platforms, BBC AMERICA app and Find out more by visiting and follow @bbcamerica.

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