BBC Studios’ Science Unit has announced Monday it is working on a new documentary series starring Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The new show will follow Thunberg’s “international crusade” against the climate emergency, focusing on her campaign work as well as her “journey into adulthood”. It will also follow Thunberg as she visits the “most extraordinary places on Earth” and meets with “leading scientists … political leaders and business heavyweights” to explore the evidence around rising global temperatures, Breitbart reports.
The announcement follows news that Hulu is also making a documentary about Thunberg with the working title Greta.
BBC Studios announced the project at the BBC Showcase trade show in Liverpool. There were no details about the number of episodes, working title or when the series would begin airing.
The Thunberg series will be made by BBC Studios’ science unit and, as well as following her global climate crusade, it will feature a chorus of experts showing the science behind her mission, Yahoo News reports.
Rob Liddell, BBC Studios executive producer, said he is confident of the project’s success:
“Climate change is probably the most important issue of our lives so it feels timely to make an authoritative series that explores the facts and science behind this complex subject. To be able to do this with Greta is an extraordinary privilege, getting an inside view on what it’s like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet.”
The other documentary Greta, made by Hulu will premiere in 2020. The team behind the documentary followed and filmed Thunberg from her August 2018 skipping school and strike stunt in Stockholm, Sweden to her lecturing world leaders.
“Thunberg has been getting messages of support from Michelle Obama and has been embraced by Hollywood, with celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio and Woody Harrelson among her army of fans,” reports Deadline.
The documentary is being produced by Cecilia Nessen and Frederik Heinig, and directed by Nathan Grossman.