Ten years ago, the world was shown just how beautiful the planet it in breathtaking HD video when the BBC released the ground-breaking documentary series, “Planet Earth.” A decade later, and the news of a sequel has arrived. The new series will feature six, one-hour episodes set to be released later in the year. In another stroke of good news, Sir David Attenborough will once again take to the microphone and narrate.
The sequel series, originally under the working title “One Planet,” has a lot of prestige to live up to. “Planet Earth” racked up Emmy Award accolades over its 11 episode run, which took five years to film and was the first to be filmed in high definition by the BBC.
The 89-year-old Attenborough was quite excited when speaking with The Guardian during a recent interview about the new project.
“I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so,” he said.
Attenborough will be joining the show’s filmmaker, Louis Theroux, executive producer Mike Gunton and series producer Tom Hugh-Jones in Liverpool for an event tomorrow to launch the series.
“Ten years after ‘Planet Earth’ first brought the wonders of the natural world to viewers in HD,” said Gunton, “‘Planet Earth II’ is another game-changer. Shot in UHD, the epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none. It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”
The series will be shot in 4K Ultra HD, and will most likely mark a turning point in consumer realization of the beautiful capabilities of the resolution – much like “Planet Earth” did for HD video. As for the actual subject matter of the new series, it will center on the same topics touched on in the original production: exploring the Earth and its wide variety of biomes and inhabitants.
“The epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none,” said Gunton, “It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”
Though Attenborough’s presence in any BBC production has long been a given, there were some fans of the series who had a different narrator in mind for the sequel. Recent online efforts signed by over 50,000 signers asked to have Snoop Dogg narrate the next installment, though it is doubtful the BBC considered the option.
Expect to see “Planet Earth II” later this year.