The BBC's Natural History Unit (NHU) is to examine the dark and dense worlds of rainforests
The BBC's Natural History Unit (NHU) is to examine the dark and dense worlds of rainforests and reptiles in two major new series, writes Leigh Holmwood.Talking with Animals presenter Charlotte Uhlenbroek is to embark on the "biggest adventure of her life" in a BBC1 series that will see her using hot-air balloons and canopy walkways to explore the rainforests of Borneo, the Amazon and Congo. In the 3 x 50-minute Jungle she will also scale trees "as tall as skyscrapers".The series, which was ordered by BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey and specialist factual commissioner Emma Swain, will be produced by Karen Bass and executive produced by Sara Ford and is due to air in the autumn.Heggessey and Swain have also commissioned the 3 x 50-minute Dragons Alive, which will look at the world of reptiles. The series, which is being produced by Phil Chapman and Ford, aims to counter the perception that reptiles do not evolve and is due to air in summer next year.