BBC inks deal with Tencent for Blue Planet II streaming in China

Blue Planet IIBBC Worldwide has penned a co-production deal with Chinese internet giant Tencent that will see the BBC’s natural history series, Blue Planet II, broadcast simultaneously in the UK and China.

The show will be broadcast in China via Tencent’s QQ video platform and app, as well as being distributed by Tencent across digital on-demand platforms in the Far East Asian country.

“We’ve been partnering with BBC Worldwide for some time to bring premium documentaries to our audiences in China,” said Mr Lexian Zhu, deputy director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio. “Last year, we co-produced Planet Earth II which did extremely well – the entire Planet Earth II album online was viewed over 230m times in China. We are looking forward to this new co-production partnership for Blue Planet II, and look forward to working with BBC Worldwide on more fruitful and successful partnerships.”

Blue Planet II, narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, is a seven-part landmark series. Following on from the first edition of the series some 16 years ago, the show is the result of 125 expeditions over four years in 39 countries. It will explore the world’s oceans and provide viewers with a peek at the life that lives under the water’s surface. The exclusive television partner for the show is CCTV9, China Central Television’s documentary channel.

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