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Manchester's backing the Blue Planet - Live!

25 Oct 2007

The University of Manchester is to deliver an exciting educational programme based around the forthcoming UK tour of The Blue Planet Live! - one of the most breathtaking shows ever seen in the city.

The University has developed a unique partnership with World Class Service to deliver this new educational programme, based on the award-winning BBC documentary series.

Head of Widening Participation at The University of Manchester Julian Skyrme said: "We are delighted to be teaming up with BBC Worldwide and composer George Fenton on these important events. Through a range of innovative activities and resources - both online and face-to-face - we plan to make exciting connections between The Blue Planet Live! and our world class research and teaching across the sciences and humanities, particularly in the marine environment and its ecology. Through this partnership, we will be able to reach out, inform and inspire scholarly curiosity in the educational issues The Blue Planet Live! raises among huge numbers of school and college pupils."

The dramatic underwater world of the oceans is brought to life on some of the largest screens ever used in the UK. The show comes to Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex) on April 20, 2008, but can also be seen at Wembley, Cardiff, Nottingham and Birmingham.

These stunning sequences are synchronised impeccably with George Fenton's epic score for which he has been awarded BAFTA, Emmy and Ivor Novello awards. The show will also be conducted by the five-time Oscar nominee himself. George Fenton's other acclaimed works include Ghandi, Cry Freedom and Dangerous Liaisons.

The beautiful and atmospheric music will be brought to life by two magnificent full scale orchestras; in Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham by Manchester Camerata and in London and Cardiff by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Howard Raynor, Managing Director of World Class Service said: "We are proud to be bringing this spectacular show back to the UK. Having already thrilled audiences in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Montreal and Copenhagen it is returning to the UK on an even more breathtaking scale than before."

Notes to Editors:
The Blue Planet Live! is brought to the UK by World Class Service
Tickets for The Blue Planet Live! go on sale on Friday 26th October
Ticket hotline: 0844 847 1665 (24 hours)

Tickets for all venues are available through:
Ticketline: 0870 444 5556