At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, National Geographic announced details on a new documentary series, “Secrets Of The Bees”. This is an expansion of the “Secrets Of” franchise, which includes “Secrets Of The Whales” and the upcoming “Secrets Of The Elephants” series, which are released on Earth Day. Next year’s special will be “Secrets of the Octopus”, and there will also be a “Secrets of the Penguins”.
Think “bee”, and chances are the honeybee will come to mind; yet, there are over 20,000 species of bee on Earth. From mountains to deserts, plains to jungles, bees have conquered every continent on the planet except Antarctica. Their importance to both the natural and human worlds cannot be overestimated. But with the science around bees gathering attention, there’s never been a better time to showcase the intimate secrets of bees. Employing the very latest macro technology to capture the “bee-eye view,” witness intimate bee behaviors showcasing their acute intelligence. And with a uniquely designed beehive filming at the center of the action, cameras will capture the highs and lows of beehive family drama ― a queen bee working tirelessly to defend, feed and serve her family. At the end of the day, it’s all about the family.
In a statement, James Cameron said:
“On the Avatar films, we’re creating a fantasy view of nature but, thematically, underneath all that is this idea of the interconnectedness not only of nature itself but of us with nature, as inhabitants of nature. In the Secrets series we try to forge an even more intimate and emotional connection with nature – to illuminate how these amazing creatures think, how they feel, how they communicate, how they function as complex societies and cultures.”
Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Content President, also added:
“With an over 135-year-old legacy in natural history content, we’re just as passionate about who’s telling our stories as the stories we tell. Whether it be our onscreen scientists in Secrets of the Elephants, our narrators like Natalie Portman, or our filmmakers like Jim Cameron, we have become a port-of-call for best in class talent who want to tell meaningful stories that inspire a deeper connection to our world. Our “Secrets Of” franchise reinforces our commitment at National Geographic to remaining THE leader in natural history storytelling.”
The new series will be released on Disney+ and the National Geographic channel. No release date has yet been announced, but it’s likely to be Earth Day in 2025 or 2026.
Emmy Award-winners James Cameron and Maria Wilhelm for Earthship are executive producers. For Silverback Films, executive producers are Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey.