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Sunday, January 10, 2016

National Geographic Channel orders its first scripted drama series, Blood Ivory, and two documentary series, One Strange Rock and Original Sin sex doc.

The National Geographic Channel (DStv 181) has ordered the Fox-owned factual entertainment channel's first real scripted drama series Blood Ivory set inside the illegal ivory trade.

National Geographic Channel also commissioned two new documentary series looking at the natural history of the Earth entitled One Strange Rock, as well as human sexuality, entitled Original Sin: How Sex Changed the World.

"National Geographic has strived to bring the horrors of the ivory trade to the forefront of the global conversation in recent years," says Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Global Networks CEO.

"With Blood Ivory, we are hoping to craft a smart, relevant and riveting drama series that will not only be entertaining under the guidance of some of the best storytellers working today, but also drive home the importance of ending a senseless war on the animal kingdom".

Blood Ivory, written by The Americans' Joshua Brand will look at the global network of illegal animals and ivory trade, and its connection to the trafficking of narcotics, people and weapons.

One Strange Rock as a new documentary series of 6 hour-long episodes will film for 100 weeks worldwide, exploring how Earth became what it is today.

"We're going to transport viewers on a mind-bending and thrilling visual adventure that will amaze and surprise," says Courteney Monroe about One Strange Rock.

Original Sin: How Sex Changed the World, produced by World of Wonder Production, will look at the sexual revolution over the past 5 decades in 6 hour-long episodes and how it has impacted pop culture, science, politics and society.

"In the footsteps of our decades-defining series about how pivotal moments, people and innovations shaped the '80s, '90s and 2000s, we now turn our attention to a subject that was once taboo, but that impacts everything around us,” says Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic Channel.

"This series will explore the myriad ways sex has evolved in public, from ancient art to being front and centre in best-selling novels, technology and politics".

Star Talk has been renewed for a third season.