A New PBS Series will Venture into Unexplored Corners of the World







PBS has announced a new adventure series that will take viewers on explorations through untouched parts of the world. Expedition with Steve Backshall is set to premiere Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10 pm ET and will feature Earth’s natural wonders and hidden gems.

Explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall sets foot on some of the last untouched parts of the world, climbing mountain peaks and exploring cave systems and uncharted landscapes, all while encountering extraordinary wildlife and meeting remarkable people along the way.

“There are still countless expeditions to be conquered and world discoveries to be made, and I am honored to have had the ability to be among the first to set foot in these incredible places,” said Steve Backshall, host. “It is thrilling to not know what you will find next. That’s what exploration is all about.

The first six episodes will be available to stream starting January 15, 2020, with the last four set to premiere later this spring.

Episode 1: Oman – Desert Canyon

Premieres Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Descent into a new canyon system

Description:Follow Steve Backshall into an Arabian desert canyon that no human has ever explored.

Episode 2: Greenland – Frozen Frontier

Premieres Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Kayak through the world’s largest fjord in ice break-up season

Description: Join Steve Backshall on his mission to explore the Arctic during its most volatile time of year.

Episode 3: Suriname – Lost World

Premieres Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Expedition into the world’s last tract of pristine jungle

Description:Travel to the Guiana Shield, where Steve Backshall searches for new wildlife and natural wonders.

Episode 4: Mexico – Flooded Caves

Premieres Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Dive into an unexplored flooded cave system

Description:Dive into a network of unexplored underwater caves in Mexico with Steve Backshall.

Episode 5: Borneo – Dark Shadow

Premieres Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Exploration of an undiscovered sink hole, only recently spotted from a dark shadow on a satellite image.

DescriptionFollow Steve Backshall into a Bornean cave system that’s accessed by dropping down a sinkhole.

Episode 6: Bhutan – White Water

Premieres Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 10:00–11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: White-water descent of a high-altitude mountain river

DescriptionJoin Steve Backshall on his quest to kayak the last unrun river in Bhutan.

Episode 7: Greenland – Ice Mountain

Premieres Friday, May 8, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First ascent of an unclimbed summit in Greenland’s remotest peaks.

Description:Climb alongside Steve Backshall as he attempts to summit an unclimbed mountain in Greenland.

Episode 8: Mexico – Maya Underworld

Premieres Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: Exploration of a new dry cave to reveal how jaguars inhabit the caves of the Yucatan.

Description:Return to Mexico with Steve Backshall as he discovers Mayan secrets within subterranean caves.

Episode 9: Suriname – Ghost River

Premieres Friday, May 22, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First descent of an uncharted river.

DescriptionRide along as Steve Backshall kayaks a Surinamese river that’s so remote, it doesn’t have a name.

Episode 10: Oman – Desert Fortress

Premieres Friday, May 29, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First ascent of an unclimbed desert rock face.

Description:Visit Oman’s Dhofar Mountains, where Steve Backshall encounters one of Earth’s rarest animals.

Streaming will be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

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