BBC Worldwide and CCTV-9, the documentary channel of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, have today signed two co-production deals for new science series Generation Earth and Wonders of Life.  The deals mark the first co-production arrangement between CCTV-9 and BBC Worldwide.

The new productions bring together CCTV and the BBC’s award-winning Science Unit for the first time.  BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, brokered the deals and will distribute the series globally.

CCTV-9 will broadcast the new Brian Cox series Wonders of Life, which examines the story of life through physics, in winter 2012.  Generation Earth, a study of the most ambitious engineering projects on earth, will air on CCTV-9 during spring 2013.

Steve Macallister, President and Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide, welcomed the deals. “BBC Worldwide has been doing business in China for over twenty years and has established a strong relationship with CCTV.  We’re proud to bring the UK and Chinese creative sectors together on these educational and enlightening series.”