Blue Planet Live: When does it start, and where can you watch it?

Blue Planet is back and taking us on a week-long live exploration of the world's oceans - so where will the documentary series take us? Let's find out...

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The follow up to 2017's Blue Planet II is almost here. Though Sir David Attenborough won’t be narrating this series, we’ll be taken back LIVE to the locations featured in past episodes, to continue exploring the state of the world’s oceans, our marine life, and the crisis they're all currently facing. 

Naturally, we’re anticipating Blue Planet’s big return to the small screen. We’re all but sat in front of our TVs ready to watch it. If you are too, here’s everything you need to know about watching the new series…

Watch the Blue Planet Live trailer…

When does Blue Planet Live start?

Blue Planet Live’s first episode will air on Sunday 24 March 2019, at 8pm.

The following three episodes will air on Wednesday 27 March, Thursday 28 March, and Sunday 31 March, also at 8pm.

Where can you watch Blue Planet Live?

You’ll be able to watch Blue Planet Live on BBC One, or you can watch it on BBC iPlayer here.

How many episodes of Blue Planet Live are there?

There are going to be four live episodes of Blue Planet Live, taking us across three different locations, to explore the health and wellbeing of the world’s oceans and marine life.

Where will Blue Planet be visiting this series?

Liz Bonnin, Chris Packham and Steve Backshall are hosting this series – and will be re-visiting sites from the previous show.

So, they’ll be heading back to the Bahamas, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and to the Baja peninsula.

Liz will be down under, while Chris heads to Mexico and Steve travels to the Bahamas.

Blue Planet Live episode guide

Here’s a little look at what we’ll be watching over the four episodes…

Episode one: Chris heads to Mexico and meets up with scientists charged with looking after the world’s biggest whale nursery – cameras up above following their every move. Steve, in the Bahamas, comes into contact with a tiger shark. Meanwhile, Liz joins a research base conducting coral experiments, hoping to determine how best to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Episode two: Liz explores how plastic and rising temperatures impact the reef, while Steve dives deep to hunt for a fish that’s causing trouble for the sharks. Chris travels down the Baja peninsula in Mexico, exploring some of the ocean’s greatest giants.

Episode three: Witness baby turtles taking their very first steps, as Liz performs a live weigh-in on brand new shearwater chicks. Chris heads to the sea of Mexico, in search of the sperm whale. Steve takes on his biggest live dive yet – among the hammerheads.

Episode four: Chris reaches the tip of the Baja peninsula, to explore the humpback whales. Steve takes on some stingrays – and will (try to!) perform a live ultrasound on a pregnant female. We join Liz for the last time at the Great Barrier Reef, at night, with the fluorescent corals all lit up.

Throughout, the expedition ship will be showcasing its findings and footage, too – exploring deep down into the oceans.

Can’t wait until the series starts? Try this, for now…


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