BBC Prepares to Launch 'Planet Earth II'

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC's announced this month's bit of work for Sir David Attenborough, revealing that the sprightly corporation lifer will be adding his relaxing, warm bath, accidental valium overdose of a voice to nature documentary series Planet Earth II.

It's been 10 years since the first series wowed us with pretty aerial shots of penguins and whales and volcanoes etc, so it's time for more, seeing as we've discovered loads of new lands and animals to cover in the last decade, like the lost continent of Amafrica (discovered in 2009) and those talking dogs.

Rather worryingly the BBC's announcement says that "...significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world" will be put to use in the new series. The former doesn't mean overly dramatic CG recreations of the earth's crust exploding into life, thankfully, with the BBC explaining that it is in fact using "aerial drone technology" to give us better view of parrots humping mangoes than ever before.

David Attenborough said of the return to his home planet: "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."

It's all being/been shot in/at UHD resolution, so should at the very least give everyone an excuse to buy a new telly later in 2016, when it airs. [BBC]

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