BBC America

It's a blue world of flying fish, big bubbles and quick sex changes

Some of TV's finest work has gone into the various "Planet Earth" projects. BBC people mix technical skill, esthetic brilliance and solid science. Now the second underwater edition is Saturdays on BBC America; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Deep below the
surface, there are worlds we never imagined.

After 65 years on the job, Attenborough worked on a fresh triumph

"Planet Earth II" may be the best TV series of this season ... or of most seasons. It's a brilliantly crafted documentary series ... as good, perhaps, as the original was a decade ago. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

When it comes to
wildlife, you'd think that David Attenborough has seen it all.

A thriving writer, 78, re-creates a dying poet at 39

We really don't expect this, you know. On a Wednesday, in the middle of all the Halloween gore and goofiness, we don't expect a richly crafted drama about a dying poet. But there it is, at 8 and 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29: "A Poet in New York" is one of the year's best TV films; here's the story I sent to papers:


Life before Bond: A drifting Ian Fleming transforms

Ian Fleming created epic fictional adventures for James Bond ... and apparently lived some semi-epic ones in real life. Now the story will be told in a four-week mini-series starting Wednesday (Jan. 29). Here's the story I sent to papers: