October 4, 2023


NEW YORK, NYOCTOBER 4, 2023BBC Select, the BBC’s premium ad-free documentary streaming service, today announced the launch of a curated natural history documentary collection, now available on the streaming service.

With wildlife and environmental programming spanning all seven continents, BBC Select’s earth-focused documentaries offer viewers the unique chance to dive deep into the beauty of the natural world and learn about how the planet, and the environmental threats it faces, has evolved over the last decades.

Leveraging cutting-edge technology with compelling storytelling to capture the natural world, the BBC is renowned for creating natural history content that educates audiences about geographic exploration, ecological diversity, conservation, and climate change. This collection is dedicated to showcasing the best of the BBC’s nature, wildlife, and science programming, with over 100 hours of content dating back to 1954 including titles featuring the widely beloved natural historian Sir David Attenborough and popular physicist and science presenter Brian Cox.

BBC Select will also be the home of brand-new, emerging natural science documentaries beginning with the premiere of North Atlantic: The Dark Ocean, available now to US and Canada audiences for the very first time. Additional content highlights, made available with the launch of the natural history collection, include:

  • David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities – Wildlife legend David Attenborough encounters some of the planet’s oddest inhabitants. (27 x 25’)
  • Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough – Taking three years to make and traveling to locations all over the world, this landmark natural history documentary changed the face of television. (3 x 50’)
  • Zoo Quest in Colour – Thanks to a remarkable discovery in the BBC’s film vaults, the best of David Attenborough’s breakthrough nature documentary can now be experienced in color. (2 x 50’)
  • The Wonders of Life with Brian Cox – Brian Cox investigates the most complex and unique feature of our universe: life. (5 x 60’)
  • North Atlantic: The Dark Ocean – This ambitious natural history documentary sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan explore the perilous North Atlantic Ocean and discovers the mesmerizing marine life that lives there. (3 x 50’)
  • Our Coast – This fascinating travel documentary visits Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland and celebrates the heritage of these astonishing locations. (4 x 60’)
  • Penguins: Meet the Family – Get ready to meet all 18 species of penguin in this stunning BBC nature documentary. (1 x 50’)

Launched in the U.S. and Canada in 2021, BBC Select is available to audiences in the U.S. and Canada via Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Apple TV app and The Roku Channel.


BBC Select, launched in February 2021 in the U.S. and Canada, is an ad-free streaming service that offers critically acclaimed documentaries from the BBC and beyond. Available on Amazon Prime Video Channels, The Roku Channel, and the Apple TV app, BBC Select is owned and operated by BBC Studios – creator, producer and distributor of unparalleled British content globally.

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