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Big Blue

Series 1 - Episode 1



Each summer, the rich waters of California’s Monterey Bay attract a vast gathering of sea life and predators, including sharks, whales, dolphins, sea birds, fish, otters and seals. Already much admired, they’ll be under additional pressure to perform this year; the BBC and American broadcaster PBS have joined forces to produce live shows from the bay and its aquarium.

Liz Bonnin, Steve Backshall and Matt Baker present, and today Backshall searches out the humpbacks while Baker must content himself with sardines. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall also examines the history of whaling and the survival of these magnificent creatures.

Big Blue Live is a bigger, wetter, higher-stakes Springwatch, and it should be spectacular. It’ll be up to our hosts to ensure it’s also as slick as a dolphin’s dorsal. Big Blue UK, filmed closer to home, runs from Monday.


Matt Baker, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall present a three-part series observing the wide variety of sea creatures that gather in California's Monterey Bay, including many endangered species. Liz discovers why the area attracts so many animals, Steve goes in search of humpback whales and Matt watches a shoal of 25,000 sardines. Plus, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall investigates the conservation of endangered species, and looks at the history of whaling. Featuring contributions from scientists working at local research centres.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Matt Baker
Presenter Liz Bonnin
Presenter Steve Backshall
Presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Executive Producer James Honeyborne
Series Producer Adam White
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