Teams for PBS and the BBC – including Emmy Award®-winning hosts Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt – make their way to Alaska this week for the live, three-night, multi-platform natural-history adventure that premieres July 23 at 8:00 PM ET, with new episodes on July 26 and 30 at 8:00 PM ET. My mother and I actually lived in Alaska for about a year when I was really little! She says it is one of the most beautiful places she has ever lived and I have been itching to go back there for a visit someday! But in the meantime, I am excited to catch WILD ALASKA LIVE this weekend and watch The Kratt Brothers explore this gorgeous state. You can read our interview with the two adventures brothers here.
One of the final events in PBS’ “Summer of Adventure” lineup, WILD ALASKA LIVE turns the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle that plays out across the vast Alaskan wilderness, where some of the world’s most remarkable animals – bears, wolves, beavers, moose, orcas and eagles – gather by the thousands to take part in Alaska’s summer feast, an event never before captured live on television.
PBS Education will share the WILD ALASKA LIVE experience with educators, children and parents across the nation on a variety of platforms, through the unique perspective of teachers who live and work in Alaska.
WILD ALASKA LIVE is part of PBS “Summer of Adventure,” taking viewers and their families on an adventure around the world this season. The current and upcoming lineup of history, science and natural history programming includes the five-part BIG PACIFIC, which reveals the Pacific Ocean’s most guarded secrets. The three-part NATURE’S GREAT RACE explores the most astounding migrations on earth. Beginning July 18, RARE – CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK follows National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he documents the world’s species at risk of extinction and WEEKEND IN HAVANA gives viewers a one-hour walking tour through Cuba. On August 2, IRELAND’S WILD COAST takes viewers on a one-hour journey along the island’s rugged Atlantic coast. “Summer of Adventure” will also include the upcoming new PBS KIDS programming WILD KRATTS ALASKA: HERO’S JOURNEY (premiering Monday, July 24) and READY JET GO!: BACK TO BORTRON 7 (premiering August 14). Previous “Summer of Adventure” programs included the six-part THE STORY OF CHINA, which explored China’s 4,000-year history and featured Michael Wood. GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW showcased stories of wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls surviving one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet.
WILD ALASKA LIVE is part of a co-production deal among PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America. The partnership provides a pipeline of the high-quality, entertaining factual programs that PBS and BBC audiences have come to expect. Distributed by BBC Worldwide, it is executive produced by Roger Webb and series produced by Adam White for the BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit. Vice President of Programming and Development Bill Gardner and Sr. Director of Programming and Development Bill Margol oversee the project for PBS.