Former RTE star Liz Bonnin lands new BBC wildlife show
Irish presenter Liz Bonnin is jetting off to the US to film a new wildlife programme for the BBC.
The French-born TV star has been announced as one of the presenters for a new three-part series called Big Blue Live, which will air on BBC 1.
Liz, who is a qualified biochemist, will present the show alongside The One Show's Matt Baker, Deadly 60's Steve Backshall and River Cottage's Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
The crew will fly to Monterey Bay in California and go underwater to broadcast the sea-life of the region in what will be a "television first".
The former RTE star, who presented fashion show Off The Rails, has seen her star rise considerably since she left Ireland.
Liz, who credits RTE with launching her as a broadcaster, moved to the UK in 2002. Last year, the former Trinity student was watched by American viewers when her series, How The Earth Works, aired on Discovery Science.
After completing a masters in wild animal biology in 2008, the presenter has gone from strength to strength in her career, appearing on science shows including Stargazing Live, Bang Goes The Theory and Super Smart Animals.
Speaking about the Liz's latest gig, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore promised the show will be an "unmissable event", saying: "In this ambitious television first, BBC One will take viewers on an extraordinary oceanic journey and get up close and personal with life above and beneath the water."