Wild Alaska Live - from the makers of Big Blue Live comes an even bigger and wilder event

From BBC One and the makers of Big Blue Live, the Bafta award-winning live event of summer 2015, comes an even bigger and even wilder event - Wild Alaska Live.

From BBC One and the makers of Big Blue Live, the Bafta award-winning live event of summer 2015, comes an even bigger and even wilder event - Wild Alaska Live.

This July, viewers will be taken on a live adventure as the crew broadcasts from across the vast wildernesses of Alaska, to see some of the world’s most captivating animals in one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world - the Alaskan summer feast.

Steve Backshall, Matt Baker and Liz Bonnin will be broadcasting here live at the most crucial time of year for Alaskan wildlife - the annual salmon run. Three hundred million salmon arrive for one of the most spectacular animal migrations on the planet. It triggers a remarkable summer feast that showcases some of Alaska’s most captivating animals: black bears, brown bears, Kodiak bears, orca, salmon sharks and wolves. They are joined by humpback whales, beavers, walrus, moose and many others, all gathering for a summer feast like no other.

Made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and co-produced by PBS, Wild Alaska Live, a major three-part live television event, will be a thrilling celebration of one of the biggest conservation success stories on the planet.

Alaska has some of the biggest areas of protected wild open spaces left on Earth. Most of the USA’s brown bears are in Alaska, there are more wolves here than almost anywhere else in the world and there are strong orca populations. Every animal we will encounter is part of this inspirational story.

Digital content

This spectacular natural event will be taking place non-stop throughout the week, and viewers will be able to follow all the action online, between the shows. BBC One will be on location for a week-long social take-over.

Viewers will have Alaska in the palm of their hands with live updates from location on BBC One's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, BBC Earth's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as from bespoke Wild Alaska Live Facebook and Twitter pages with presenters’ news, photos, clips and updates as soon as it happens. Follow all the action using the hashtag #AlaskaLive

Wild Alaska Live will be broadcast on BBC One at 7pm Sunday 23 July, 8pm on Wednesday 26 July, and 7pm on Sunday 30 July.


Tongass National Forest
The largest temperate rainforest on the planet, covering most of southeast Alaska, is home to different islands, mountains, forests and glaciers - and this will also be our hub for the series. Black bears make their way down mountains and out of the forest with their cubs to feed. Bald eagles gather in some of the largest flocks seen anywhere on Earth, collecting food for hungry chicks in massive treetop nests; and sockeye salmon migrate thousands of miles, in their millions, just to get to this very place.

Katmai National Park
The ultimate frontier where bears and wolves roam and one of the remotest, wildest parts of Alaska. Katmai National Park and Preserve is on a peninsula in southern Alaska and remains an active volcanic landscape. Its wild landscapes span tundra, forests, lakes and mountains, and will be where Liz Bonnin is based in her search for brown bears and wolves.

July 19, 2017 3:59am ET by BBC One  

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