BBC One partners with Natural History Museum for new documentary about JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts

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by David Prior

BBC One has partnered with London's Natural History Museum and Warner Bros for a new documentary exploring the origins and stories behind the fantastical beasts from JK Rowling's stories.

Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (w/t), presented by Stephen Fry, will take a closer look at a host of mythical creatures, including centaurs, Nifflers, birds of paradise, the 11,000-year-old woolly rhinos and giant squid.

The documentary will also feature the Natural History Museum’s exhibition, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder Of Nature, which is set to open in the spring.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, said: “The BBC is world-renowned for its amazing natural history programming and it is a delight to bring the natural world and Wizarding World together on BBC One.”

Stephen Fry, who provided narration for the Harry Potter audiobooks, added: “I could not be more delighted to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs.

"Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you’ve ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen.”

Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (w/t) is a 1 x 60’ for BBC One. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content. It is made by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Warner Bros Entertainment UK Limited. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Mike Gunton.