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PBS Mid-Season Premiere Alert: Expedition With Steve Backshall on May 6



Mexico Maya Underworld


VIDEO – INSIDE LOOK AT EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW6_jhAavzo&feature=youtu.be

Episode #7 Clips:

Sacrifices to the Gods: https://youtu.be/qunTD30JFL8

Robbie Prepares a Lifeline: https://youtu.be/Wd9DIfag6ts

In the mid-season premiere of EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET, adventurer, explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall  prepares to drop down into the darkness of a giant pit that’s 400 feet deep. This is the first stage of a Mayan obstacle course built thousands of years ago. Backshall, along with his expedition crew, must wriggle through tight passages constructed by the Maya and climb down steep pits. After five hours of grueling physical “tests,” they feel worthy of their prize when they reach the end and see a giant mural of a jaguar and a unique sculpture jutting out of a rock.

The team camps for the night in an ancient abandoned monastery. On the road north, they hear of a largely unexplored new cave system only just recently discovered. Backshall and his team of experts plan to push into new passages to see what they can find. Hundreds of vampire bats adorn the walls.

PBS’s new 10-episode series EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL reveals there are still parts of our planet yet to be discovered. Backshall pursues incredible journeys and world firsts — unclimbed peaks, unexplored cave systems and uncharted landscapes — setting foot where no human has been before. The first six episodes of EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL aired earlier this year, and the final four episodes of the season premiere Wednesdays in May at 10 p.m. ET on PBS, starting May 6. The season finale airs Wednesday, May 27.

In this global series, Backshall ventures into undiscovered territory, endures extreme physical challenges, encounters extraordinary wildlife and teams up with remarkable people along the way. From free-diving in underground river systems and descending deep into the caves of the Maya underworld, to kayaking Himalayan whitewater and scaling unclimbed Arctic peaks, these expeditions push Backshall and his expert crew to the limit.


Episode 8: Greenland – Ice Mountain

Premieres: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First ascent of an unclimbed summit in Greenland’s remotest peaks.

Description: Climb alongside Steve Backshall as he attempts to summit an unclimbed mountain in Greenland.

Episode 9: Suriname – Ghost River

Premieres: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First descent of an uncharted river.

Description: Ride along as Steve Backshall kayaks a Surinamese river that’s so remote, it doesn’t have a name.

Episode 10: Oman – Desert Fortress

SEASON FINALE Premieres: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET

World’s First: First ascent of an unclimbed desert rock face.

Description: Visit Oman’s Dhofar Mountains, where Steve Backshall encounters one of Earth’s rarest animals.

For more information on EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL, visit www.pbs.org. Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation about the series by tagging @PBS andusing #ExpeditionPBS on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Episodes of EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL are available to stream for free from April 29 – June 17 on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members may view all episodes via Passport (contact local PBS station for details). The series is also available on DVD from PBS Distribution at shop.PBS.org, and for digital download.

EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL is a True to Nature Production distributed by FremantleMedia International for PBS. Bill Margol is Executive in Charge for PBS. The series is executive produced by Wendy Darke. EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL was commissioned by BBC and UKTV, with funding for the PBS presentation provided by public television viewers.

 About Steve Backshall

Senior Director Bill Margol and Steve Backshall (Getty Images North America)

Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning adventurer and wildlife expert, is an experienced and unparalleled natural history producer and presenter. He is hugely popular with young television audiences who are both terrified and delighted to watch his encounters with extraordinary and inspiring predators. Steve is an old-fashioned action hero whose leisure pursuits include mountaineering, kayaking, scuba diving, martial arts and endurance running, which together with his unsurpassed wildlife knowledge, make him a compelling and motivational speaker for a multitude of audiences. In 2011, Steve was recognized with a BAFTA for The Best Children’s Television Presenter for his work on Deadly 60, as well as the series itself being honored with a BAFTA for The Best Factual Series. Steve was also an on-air correspondent for the PBS and BBC co-production, BIG BLUE LIVE, which won the BAFTA for a Live Event in 2016. Steve is also a prolific author, having published 13 books, and is a proud ambassador for The Scouts and the Get Outside champion for Ordinance Survey.