BBC Orders One More Helping of Planet Earth Before Attenborough Hits 100

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

It’s no surprise to hear that the BBC is reportedly planning a third series of Planet Earth, to be made ahead of Sir David Attenborough’s 100th birthday in 2026.

The wildly successful documentary series has triggered renewed interest in the natural world, and has proven a bigger hit with young adults than the latest series of the woefully out-of-date X Factor. BBC producer Mike Gunton told the Guardian that it would be “crazy to count out” Planet Earth III, but added that “we would also be crazy to say it will be here in three years’ time or even five years’ time.”

Planet Earth II arrived a decade after the original series, taking four years to produce.

Read More: Planet Earth 2 is More Real Than You Realise

On Attenborough, Gunton said, “We love working with him and I think he loves working with us, and we want that to last as long as possible. When he decides he doesn't want to do it any more, we will have to rethink how we make these programmes – because you can't replace him."

Nobody’s ready to consider a world without Attenborough, despite his advancing years. If you’re already missing your weekly fix, we’d recommend looking up the wonderful Planet Earth and Nature’s Great Events. [Guardian via Independent]