The Natural History Unit is applauded all over the world for its breathtaking insight into the Natural World. It has been based in Bristol since 1934 with its beginnings in radio. In 1955 it expanded into television and has grown into the world class production base we know today. Its presence has boosted Bristol’s economy as well as creating a wider media boom with the creation of independent production companies. A recent report’s highlights are:-

• Natural history production made 44.2% (£127.2m) of the Bristol screen production industry’s overall £288m turnover in 2022.
• Key driver for this is “the presence of major broadcaster (the BBC)”, say University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol).
• The BBC is the largest employer within Bristol’s TV and film industry – accounting for 45% of production section roles in 2022.
• Bristol’s screen production workforce grew by 24.5% between 2017 and 2022.
• BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s (NHU) produced The Green Planet (2022) gave £7.4m Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK’s economy
between 2019 – 2022.
• Wild Isles (2023), produced in Bristol by Silverback Films, gave £9.0m GVA to the UK economy, supporting 80 equivalent production

These are impressive numbers and means that Bristol, the UK and the BBC will continue to benefit economically. With the BBC’s intention to boost production outside London, the Natural History Unit’s Bristol home is secure.

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Published On: May 13th, 2024 / 1.2 min read / Views: 28 /


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