Press Releases — BBC America

July 20, 2017

BBC AMERICA Debuts Three-Part Documentary Wild West Saturday, August 19, 9/8c

Network to Present Extended Version Marathons of 10-Time Emmy-Nominated Series Planet Earth II, Emmy-Winning Series Planet Earth and Wild Alaska

New York – July 20, 2017 – Canyonlands, high country and sprawling shores take center-stage in BBC AMERICA’s Wild West. Explore this fascinating area of North America in the networks three-part natural history program premiering Saturday, August 19 at 9/8c. The all-new series anchors a look back at some of BBC AMERICA’s groundbreaking, Emmy®– nominated natural history events including, Planet Earth II, Planet Earth and Wild Alaska.

Welcome to America’s Wild West. A picturesque land with a litany of characters including the shrewd coyote, the feisty hummingbird, the mighty blue whale and the spirited mustang. The documentary explores this fascinating area of the continent, revealing how three radically different worlds were formed, the forces that shape them today and how life has found brave and enterprising ways to survive. Discover the gritty, tough deserts, the cool grand mountains and the dynamic and changeable coasts.

Home to a vibrant cast of tricksters, pioneers and outlaws, the series also finds out how people have survived in this harsh environment over the years. Beginning with the examination of Native American cave art, the documentary moves through the ghost towns of past pioneers and on to today – where the land is used for both business and pleasure. Produced by BBC Studios, Executive Produced by Emmy® -winner, Michael Gunton (Planet Earth II, Life), with Patrick Morris (Galapagos, Wild Africa) serving as Series Producer, Wild West will shine a light on the landscapes, wildlife and people of this vibrant world in new and compelling ways.

BBC AMERICA’s landmark natural history programming was recently recognized by the Television Academy with a record-setting ten Emmy® nominations for Planet Earth II.  Catch an encore of the beloved series with an extended look at Planet Earth II August 19th beginning at 1/2c, an extended look at the original Planet Earth on August 26th at 10:30a/11:30c and Wild Alaska September 2nd at 6/7c.

PART ONE – DESERT HEARTLANDS SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 9/8c

Travel from the cold deserts of Nevada to the giant cactus-studded lands of Arizona and the scorching Mojave Desert in California. Discover how some of America’s most iconic animals like mustangs and coyotes have learned to survive.

PART TWO – THE HIGH COUNTRY SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 9/8c

America’s High Country is the land of grizzly bears and giant trees, of frigid winters and scorching summers, of tough ranchers and gold-rush fever. From the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada, in this land of extreme seasons, survival demands endurance. It’s all about taking what you need to stay alive by whatever means, from parasitic plants to thieving black bears, and tenacious pikas to battling bison.

PART THREE – RESTLESS SHORES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 9/8c

Tectonic forces shape all life here, creating stunning landscapes like the San Andreas Fault, reaching all the way north to the Pacific coast. Meanwhile elephant seals battle it out for mates, grey whales form a unique friendship with a small community of people and gulf grunion fish race ashore to spawn in their millions.