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.
Description: Follow 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
Description: Join 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.
Description: Ride 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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