Eden supersizes David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities for second run

David Attenborough's Natural Curoisities

Britain's leading natural history channel Eden has commissioned a supersized second series of the hugely successful David Attenborough?s Natural Curiosities.

The 10x30' series will be produced by Humble Bee Films and will once again unite Eden with Britain's most loved naturalist and presenter.

Each episode features two creatures with curiously distinctive adaptations that link together with a common theme. From the emperor penguin and the wood frog, both of which survive in conditions so cold they seem to defy the laws of nature, to the rhino and the hedgehog - two animals that hide behind seemingly impenetrable armoured coats.

The first series of David Attenborough?s Natural Curiosities was the highest ever rating programme on Eden. The whole series reached 1.6 million individuals, with each episode bringing in new viewers to the channel. The second series has been commissioned by UKTV's Senior Commissioning Editor, Catherine Catton and ordered by Eden?s General Manager, Adrian Wills. Stephen Dunleavy from Humble Bee Films is the executive producer for the series.

In series one David Attenborough revealed the stories of the creatures whose biology intrigues him the most. In this longer 10x30' series Sir David will continue to shine the spotlight on some of nature?s most extraordinary and baffling species. David Attenborough?s Natural Curiosities will TX in Q4 2013 and will be complemented by Eden?s extensive and exclusive back catalogue of Sir David?s landmark series including Planet Earth, Life and Madagascar.

UKTV's Catherine Catton said ?It is such a privilege to work with Sir David and Humble Bee Films again; Sir David?s captivating storytelling and the fascinating content made series one of David Attenborough?s Natural Curiosities a massive hit with viewers. There are many more natural curiosities to explore and therefore we are thrilled the second series will be double the length of the first, providing more exclusive content for Eden?.

Stephen Dunleavy added: "I'm delighted that the first series of David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities performed so well on Eden. There are of course many more curious creatures in the natural world and I look forward to working with Sir David and Eden on this bumper new series?.

For more information contact:

Emily Jones, Factual Publicist, Factual
Tel: 020 7299 6284 Email: Emily.Jones1@uktv.co.uk

Notes to Editors

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From the scale and beauty of BBC blue chip series like Planet Earth, Human Planet and Madagascar to the premieres of Wild Colombia with Nigel Marven and Deserts And Life, Eden guarantees a daily shot of astonishment and high quality natural science programming. New and exclusive to Eden in 2013, David Attenborough?s Natural Curiosities shines the spotlight on nature?s most extraordinary evolutionary anomalies.

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