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Drowning in Plastic

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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…


1 x 90 min or 2 x 1 hr


Factual & Factual Entertainment


Raw Factual Limited - United Kingdom


Royal Television Society Awards 2019 - Science and Natural History (Winner)
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2019 - Best Single Documentary (Nomination)
New York Festivals Film & TV Awards 2019 - Gold World Medal - Best Documentary: Environment and Ecology (Winner)
BAFTA Craft Awards 2019 - Best Editing: Factual (Nomination)
Golden Nymph Awards 2019 - Best Documentary (Nomination)
Golden Nymph Awards 2019 - Special Prize Prince Rainier III (Nomination)

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Raw for BBC One, UK