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'Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation' — everything you need to know

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation takes us on an adventure under the sea. (Image credit: ITV)

Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation is a new documentary coming to ITV, which will take viewers on a journey into one of the world’s most iconic coastlines.

Following young marine explorers, the documentary features stunning footage such as coral spawning, fish breeding, birds and turtles returning to islands to nest, making it a must watch for any nature lovers.

Cecilie Olsen, SVP, Global Content, Non-Scripted at ITV Studios said: “This is a truly wonderful documentary which will bring the Great Barrier Reef to life for viewers across the globe. The reef faces a difficult future so it’s fitting that we are able to introduce this show to the market on World Oceans Day and reveal the remarkable scientific research which has led to mankind giving it a helping hand with its regeneration.”

Here’s what we know so far…

Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation release date

The release date for this documentary hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we do know that ITV will be screening it in the UK. As soon as a release date is announced, we’ll let you know!

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What should we expect from the documentary?

Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation was developed alongside Reef Live, a television event broadcast last year on ABC in Australia over the course of the weekend of the coral spawn. It’s the largest mass breeding event on the planet, and the documentary provides fascinating insights into the natural world. There’s plenty of footage to enjoy as well alongside ground-breaking research that is helping to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the reef for generations to come.

Cecilie Olsen adds: "The show offers our buyers a unique story about this amazing natural structure, equally attractive as a standalone acquisition or as a logical fourth episode of Magical Land of Oz, which also explored Australia’s incredible coasts. It’s another stellar addition to our diverse and spectacular natural history offering."

Is there a trailer?

A trailer isn’t available yet, but we’ll keep you updated if that changes!

Lucy Buglass

Lucy is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2016 with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.


She is also a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema, setting up her own website Lucy Goes to Hollywood in 2017 to review films in her spare time. Her favourite genres are horror, thriller and anything crime related. When she's not writing about film and TV, you'll likely find her playing video games, reading, and trying her hand at podcasting.