Multi-Award Winning Wildlife Evolution Series Returns

The second season of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series, Life Force, premieres on the Science Channel in the USA on Monday 7 July, at 10PM ET/PT under the title Mutant Planet.

Life Force 2 builds on the worldwide success of Life Force, a six part series that explored evolutionary hotspots around the world. The series has been co-produced with NHNZ, NHK and CCTV9, and will premiere in several nations over the next six months.

This blue-chip evolutionary wildlife science series follows the dramas of the daily lives of animals found in biodiverse global ‘hot spots’, unravelling compelling science mysteries, and showing how strange ties and curious connections bind our mutant world. The series sets itself apart from traditional natural history shows by carefully crafting a blend of genres, combining exceptional wildlife photography by world-class crews with CGI, cinematic-style narratives and cutting-edge science.

“Life Force is more than a traditional science series, more than a blue chip natural history series - it’s a compelling evolutionary drama shot in HD and 4k that will hook you from the first frame to the last,” says series producer Lorne Townend.

Rita Mullin, general manager of Science Channel, is excited to have the series back: “It challenges our viewers and we know they will be thrilled with the new episodes that span the globe.”

The second series features a weird cast of surprising mutants at six more key locations, showing how the ceaseless process of evolution fits each animal to live in its own particular environment. Visualising the science behind their evolution, Life Force 2 homes in on the specific adaptations that have allowed animals to overcome the barriers to their survival and allowed each species to thrive in its own unique world.

Six one-hour episodes focus on China’s Tibetan Plateau and Hengduan mountains, Africa’s Albertine rift, India’s Western Ghats, Borneo’s tropical rainforest, the Namibian desert and Costa Rica’s rainforest.

Life Force 2 uses the latest state of the art camera technology, cutting edge macro light-weight cameras capturing microscopic creatures and insects, mini sky-copters attaining perspectives unachievable from helicopters and planes, and the latest cinematic 4K and high speed cameras, recording animals and plants in glorious detail.

Two years in the making, Life Force 2 is a global production, partnering NHK and NHNZ with CCTV9, Science Channel, Discovery Networks International, Arte and SVT.

Check out the Life Force 2 Facebook Page #LifeForce2 #MutantPlanet

Science Channel airdates

Mutant Planet: Africa’s Albertine Rift 07.07.14

Mutant Planet: Borneo 07.14.14

Mutant Planet: India’s Western Ghats 07.28.14

Mutant Planet: China: The Roof of the World 08.18.14

Mutant Planet: The Arid Namib 08.04.14

Mutant Planet: Costa Rica 08.11.14

About Science Channel

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