Betty has been commissioned by Tom McDonald, acting Head of Commissioning for BBC Science and Natural History, to make a new two-part specialist factual series for BBC Two following the expert handlers entrusted with moving rare, dangerous and difficult-to-handle animals around the world.

With access to a range of specialist companies, zoos and aquariums, The Animal Movers (w/t) will explore how every creature, from giraffes to bees, has its own unique set of transportation requirements. It will feature the logistical challenges associated with moving each animal, and provide amazing insights into their unique anatomies.

Among the animals are a hippo on the move from a West Midlands safari park to a zoo in France, and 12 penguins going on a 12,000-mile plane journey from New Zealand to England in a refrigerated “penguin hotel”. Five million bees have been transported from Turin in Italy to populate apple orchards in the UK, and three large and dangerous salt-water crocodiles are making the journey from France to the Cotswolds.

The 2 x 60 series is executive produced by David Emerson for Betty and Lucinda Axelsson, Executive Editor, Factual Commissioning for the BBC. The series producer is Jamie Simpson.