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Two spectacular blue chip natural history offerings to screen this winter on ABC TV and ABC iview

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ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce two remarkable, prime-time and family friendly factual shows from the award-winning Northern Pictures, airing on ABC TV and ABC iview this June.

Southern Ocean Live (1x90mins) screening on winter solstice, Tuesday 21 June, 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, is must see live television at its best. Made by the same team that brought Reef Live to ABC screens, we head this time to the wintry Southern Ocean to experience big creatures, big science, and big thrills that will take the audience on a live adventure that’s as wild as it gets.

Broadcasting from the Southern Ocean Live HQ located at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, hosts Hamish Macdonald and Dr Ann Jones will be crossing live to special guests, and telling the stories of incredible creatures, including the resident fairy penguins who raucously return at dusk each night in their thousands.

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Not far away, marine scientists Sheree Marris, Lucas Handley and Dr Dean Miller will be reporting, from under the water, the remarkable stories of giant spider crabs, giant cuttlefish and the other sea creatures who also appear in the extraordinary chain of reefs that make up the coastline of Southern Australia including whales, dolphins, seals, albatross, and great white sharks.

And the wonder of nature continues the following week with the ABC’s Dr Ann Jones back with Meet the Penguins (1x60mins), screening Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, for a delightful look at the world’s smallest penguins, living on the southern coastline of Australia.

From the famous penguin parade on Phillip Island to the penguins living in the city suburb of St Kilda, we meet key characters who over the next six months attempt to complete their mission: to stake their territory, partner up and raise their chicks.

Inside the colony are both tales of domestic bliss and neighbourhood dramas. While out at sea, the little penguins are forced to face trials of tempestuous weather, strong currents and migrating fish stocks.

Warm, surprising, revelatory, and uplifting, Meet the Penguins, shows us that whilst the Little Penguins may be the world’s smallest penguin, they might just be the toughest too!

Southern Ocean Live airs Tuesday 21 June, 8.30pm, ABC TV and ABC iview.

Meet The Penguins airs Tuesday 28 June, 8.30pm, ABC TV and ABC iview

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