CBC Docs: The Nature of Things


Who We Are

The Nature of Things, now heading into its 60th season, is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Every week, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

How to Work With Us

Proposals can be submitted to the contacts listed below. If there is interest in a project, you will be contacted for further discussion and refinement of the program proposal. (General response time 4-6 weeks).

What We Are Looking For

Prime-time documentary programs in HD for The Nature of Things series, in all areas of sciene, including health, wildlife and the environment.

In style and structure, the series values a strong cinematic story that can be told and documented by its primary characters, with emphasis on:

  • State-of-the-art scientific discovery, breakthroughs and new information
  • Unique access and well-developed research
  • Good narrative structure told through character and point-of-view perspectives

Your proposal should briefly (1 to 2 pages) and clearly outline the story focus, themes and characters. Additional information on the creative team, financing and the production company should be included if possible.


Currently in Production:

  • After the Fire - The rescue and rehabilitation of Australian animals hurt in the wildfires.

  • Carbon: An Unauthorized Biography - The story of Carbon as told through "her" point of view.

  • In Search of Cleopatra - Experts fill in some of the pieces of the puzzle of Cleopatra, a feminist before her time.

  • In the Weed(s) - A journey from farmers' fields and secure greenhouses to high-tech labs to trace the impact of cannabis on human beings.

  • Kids and Screens - The latest science exploring the impact of screen time and the measurable effect on kids' lives.

  • March of the Polar Bears - A first-ever attempt to follow mother polar bears and their young on the changing sea ice of Hudson Bay.

  • My Mars Mission - A personal journey of a Canadian's first field expedition as a NASA researcher in a Mars analog mission across Canada's most isolated and rugged Arctic terrain.

  • Rebellion  - Is fighting for climate change the new civil rights movement?

  • Sleeping Animals - Unraveling the secrets of the most extreme sleepers of the animal kingdom.

  • State of the Planet - Takes the pulse of our planet and asks whether humans can change their ways in time.

  • The Alternative Guide to Saving the Planet - The surprising ways we can make a difference to the health of our home planet.

  • The Face of the Future - Facial recognition is one of the brain's more sophisticated functions. What happens now that machines are learning from human biology and face recognition technology is spreading? 

  • The Last Secrets of the Sphinx: Join the world's foremost Sphinx expert, archaeologists, engineers, and geologists as they use the latest technology to find out what lies beneath the Sphinx and its temple.

  • The Musical Animal - Explores the burgeoning scientific field of musicality in animals to find out if humans and animals share biological traits for musicality and communication.

  • The Real Neanderthal - By unveiling new revelatory science, we will begin to de-bunk the myths and uncover the real Neanderthal - rediscovering our relatives like never before.

  • The Science of Success - Eternal as gravity, the Laws of Success have governed us through the centuries, and yet, until recently, we had no idea they existed.

  • The Teenager and the Lost Mayan City - Teenager William Gadoury makes headlines around the world when he announces he's discovered the site of a lost Mayan city - using NASA satellite images and an ancient Mayan map of the stars.

  • The Thinking Machine - The ever-growing and mysterious world of Artificial Intelligence. Many say it's the most powerful technology on the planet but is it "intelligent" and if so, how does that affect what it means to be human?

  • The Urban Whale - A look at the elusive North Atlantic right whale. One of the world's most endangered whales.

  • The Walrus Whisperer - The story of Smooshi, the walrus and her special relationship with Phil Demers, her once trainer at Marineland who now finds himself at the centre of an international movement for the fate of marine animals in captivity.

  • The Vaccine Hunters - Follow Canadian and international scientists to discover how researchers around the world are racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19.

  • Wild Canadian Weather - This mini-series will explore how the animals, landscapes and people of Canada are shaped by four main weather conditions: Wind, Rain, Snow and Sun.

CBC Submission Release Form

Materials will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a signed CBC Submission Release Form, downloadable here: Submission Release Form (PDF)
We will respond to all submissions within 4 - 6 weeks of receiving a signed CBC Submission Release Form.
Please be advised that we cannot return materials submitted.

Contact Information

All proposal submissions should be emailed to: tnotpitch@cbc.ca
Sue Dando
Executive Producer, The Nature of Things
Christian Hamilton
Development Manager, Unscripted Content
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