CBBC has commissioned the BBC’s Natural History Unit to produce Steve's Deadly 60, a new wildlife series that sees presenter Steve Backshall travel to six continents to uncover some of the world’s most dangerous creatures.
Premiering in spring 2009, the 20x30-minute series will see Backshall delve into the habitats of scorpions, hunting dogs, stingrays, tiger snakes, red back spiders, kookaburras, sloth bears and giant centipedes, on a journey that will take him to South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, India, Europe and North and South America.
Wendy Darke, NHU executive producer, said: "Steve's Deadly 60 combines the best of the natural history and children's expertise to give the CBBC audience a real life, around the world, adventure and close encounters with 60 of the most deadly animals on the planet.
"Filmed in a way that makes the viewer feel a part of Steve's gang, this is true warts-and-all television, right down to an encounter with a Great White Shark with a very excited Steve and a cameraman who was seasick throughout the whole piece."
Backshall added: "I feel very passionate about wildlife and Steve's Deadly 60 gives me the chance to bring this wonderful world of animals to life for children. In the series we learn that we have nothing to fear from the majority of animals featured but in their world, even the smallest and most bizarre creature can be deadly."