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Drowning in Plastic

1 x 90 min or 2 x 1 hr


Can the tide be turned on this global catastrophe?

With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine plastic pollution. But do we really understand the impact of this new environmental crisis? How exactly does the plastic we use get into the ocean and what happens to it when it gets there? And can anything be done to save our seas? In this timely special, science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin sets out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem – from the planet’s 'plastic hot spots' to the animals struggling to cope with a daily deluge of plastic waste. Liz also explores ways in which the biggest environmental disaster of our time might be averted and whether science can offer a solution. From the engineers developing alternatives to plastic to teams of experts who are developing innovative ways of cleaning our seas, could our seas be stopped from drowning plastic? Liz Bonnin is determined to find out…


2019 Grierson Awards: Best Natural History Documentary 2019 Royal Television Society Awards - Science and Natural History
2019 Deauville Green Award - Trophee D’argent 2019 New York Festivals Film & TV Awards - Gold World Medal - Best Documentary: Environment and Ecology
2019 Voice of the Listener and Viewer – Best Documentary
2019 Golden Nymph Awards - Prince Rainier III Special Prize

2019 BAFTA Craft Awards - Best Editing: Factual
2019 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - Best Single Documentary
2019 Golden Nymph Awards - Best Documentary
2019 Television Bulldog Awards - Best Specialist Factual (runner up)
2019 Grierson Awards - Best Natural History Documentary 2020 Broadcast Awards: Best Documentary Programme

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Raw for BBC One, UK

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