September 05, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Discovery Sets 'Winged Planet' Special With BBC (Exclusive)
Discovery Channel is taking flight with the BBC.
The network that's home to Shark Week, has scheduled a co-production with the BBC focusing on the wonders of the world -- from a bird's eye view in Winged Planet.
The two-hour special, which hails from filmmaker John Downer (Tiger: Spy in the Jungle) developed a new team of Spycams to capture wildlife and offer a 3D view of the world as they ride on the backs of eagles, cranes, pelicans, snow geese and others as they soar over landmarks in America, Africa and Europe.
"Discovery Channel has captivated audiences everywhere with our natural history programs such as Planet Earth, Life and most recently Frozen Planet," said Eileen O'Neill, president of Discovery Channel and TLC Networks. "We are once again thrilled to invite the world to join us in witnessing some of wildlife's greatest spectacles, only this time from the wings of our feathered friends. In Winged Planet, our viewers will get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures thanks to cutting-edge technology and sophisticated filming techniques. If you think you know birds, think again."
The special will premiere Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on Discovery. Watch an exclusive clip from Winged Planet, above.