About us

Twice a week, the internationally renowned ORF-series UNIVERSUM presents striking high-quality documentaries from all over the world.

Every Tuesday at 8.15 p.m., UNIVERSUM shows the world’s best, award-winning wildlife films, using the latest camera techniques to provide astounding insights into animal behaviour and stunning excursions to the far corners of the globe.

January 2013 marked the beginning of UNIVERSUM HISTORY. Every Friday at 10.40 p.m., this new ORF strand follows the great stories of human history in captivating documentaries, telling tales of the great recurring themes of mankind: love, power and death – using the latest technology and storytelling techniques.

Since 1987, UNIVERSUM has firmly established itself as ORF’s most successful and popular strand. UNIVERSUM’s roughly 80 broadcasts a year, made up of in-house and international productions, continue to fascinate its broad and loyal audience.

UNIVERSUM works with Austria’s most experienced and acclaimed producers, directors, cameramen, composers and editors to create top-quality films that are sold in up to 100 countries and have won numerous awards. Our cooperation with international partners such as the BBC ensures that UNIVERSUM continues to add the world’s best productions to ORF’s schedules - from multi-part nature epics to innovative shows on a variety of topics in the fields of history, science and technology.

In addition we supply short reports connected to our Tuesday Wildlife and Friday History films to ORF’s current affairs magazines as well as to ZiB I and II, the main evening news bulletins.