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The Museum is set to star in a new four-part primetime Channel 5 series.
Natural History Museum: World of Wonder will air weekly from 7 January 2021 at 8pm on Channel 5 and will be available to view on the video on demand player My5.
Channel 5 Factual Commissioning Editor Lucy Willis commissioned multi-award-winning production company The Garden Productions to make the series.
Lucy says, 'In this series we go behind the doors of one of the greatest museums in the world. Every year, over five million visitors come to see its incredible collection: from extraordinary dinosaurs to giant whales, rare fossils to space rocks as old as the solar system itself, all looked after by its passionate staff.
'But visitors see only a fraction of the staggering 80 million items in the collection. Now our cameras have been allowed not just front of house but behind the scenes too, to capture the incredible specimens and reveal the unique and rare pieces too valuable to exhibit.'
The series documents the work of some the Museum's 300 scientists and takes a behind-the-scenes look at preparation for its exhibitions. It explores almost every inch of the Museum, including the public galleries, labs, scanning suites, collection spaces and dissecting rooms.
Ninder Billing, Head of Specialist Factual at The Garden Productions and Executive Producer of the series, says, 'It's been a privilege to be granted such extraordinary access to the treasures of the Natural History Museum. We've loved bringing the spectacular collections and the ground-breaking work going on behind the scenes at the Museum to an audience, especially when we've been deprived of visiting it for so much of this past year. We hope the series is a joyful treat in the depths of winter.
The series will include: