Officially the scariest thing that can happen to any Brit is to see David Attenborough trending on Twitter, but thankfully it's good news today: our favourite nature-botherer has an eight-part series coming to Netflix next year.
Called Our Planet, the series will be filmed in 4K (yay!) and like Planet Earth and Blue Planet before it, will transport viewers to some of the most beautiful and amazing natural habitats on earth.
It'll also have a strong conservation angle, part of which is a partnership with WWF. Attenborough announced the documentary at a WWF event called the State of the Planet Address:
"Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world.
Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.
Our Planet brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide."
Well said, Sir David.
The trailer looks suitably epic:
It'll be directed by Alistair Fothergill at Silverback Films, who also worked with Attenborough on Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Here's what he had to say:
"Our Planet is our most ambitious endeavour to date, we hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before.
The crew have ventured to all corners of the globe to capture breathtaking natural history sequences and using the latest filming technology to bring these never-filmed-before moments into people’s homes. By launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have. We are genuinely all in this together."
The series took four years to film and includes footage from 50 countries across every continent. It took a 600-strong crew and 3,500 days of filming to capture "the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America."
Roll on April the 5th.