Conservation in a wonderfully unique part of the world will be put under the spotlight in a brand new adventure series, made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol for CBBC and presented by explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall.
Deadly Mission Madagascar (10 x 30 minute episodes) will see action adventurer Steve Backshall challenging a team of specially selected young Deadly Explorers, to embark on an earth-changing wildlife expedition – a Deadly mission into the wilds of Madagascar. Their challenge? To make a difference.
This ground-breaking new series, which will air on CBBC next year, will follow the group of Deadly agents as they head to the frontline and get involved with some of the established projects that are working to protect the rare and extraordinary Malagasy wildlife.
Madagascar is home to plant and animal species that are found nowhere else on earth but is under threat of serious changes that could mean the landscape of this unique country is altered forever. The Deadly Explorers are going on an amazing journey to find out what can be done to help preserve this fascinating place, and will be meeting some of the amazing people and wildlife that live there along the way.
The children will be getting involved in all aspects of life in Madagascar and will be trying their hand at some pretty adventurous stuff along the way – all with the aim of understanding the implications of conservation and to eventually decide what they can do, in the time they have, to make the biggest difference to the environment around them.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller of CBBC, commissioned the brand new series: “The Deadly family of programmes have been such an amazing success story for CBBC. Our viewers love them and feedback is that they always want to see more.
“Deadly Mission Madagascar will take Deadly to the next level – it’s challenging real children to get involved in issues that are happening in the real world and showing them how they can make a difference.
“It’s a great example of what I believe CBBC is all about. Reflecting the world back at children and inspiring them to get out there and see, do or find out something new. There’s a really talented team on board and I can’t wait to see the finished series.”
CBBC has begun its search for children aged between 11 and 14 to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime trip. For more information on how to apply, please visit bbc.co.uk/cbbc and click ‘Be on a show’.
Deadly Mission Madagascar is the latest addition to the successful Deadly branded family of programmes and is executive produced by Steve Greenwood. Series producer is Doug Hope. Other Deadly programmes include Live n Deadly, Deadly 60, Deadly Top 10s and Deadly Art.