Is there a more magnificent perk of modern living than being able to watch the breathtaking majesty of nature unfold in your living room in Ultra Super Mega HD at the click of a button?
Yes, there is – all of the above, plus Sir David Attenborough is whispering in your ear in Ultra Super Mega surround sound.
David Attenborough will narrate new Netflix series, ‘Our Planet’. Credit: PA
But failing that, all you really need to enjoy his new series is a Netflix account (or access to one).
The 92-year-old is known for his work with the BBC Natural History unit, producing groundbreaking documentary series such as Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth… Indeed, planet-based stuff is basically his bread and butter, yet his involvement in Our Planet does still come as a bit of a surprise, partly because it’s a Netflix series and partly because he wasn’t mentioned when the documentary was announced in 2015.
But ultimately, there is nothing the veteran broadcaster loves more than highlighting the importance of conservation to as large an audience as possible, so I guess we shouldn’t really be surprised after all.
Speaking at the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) State of the Planet Address in London yesterday (Thursday), Attenborough said: “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.”
The documentary series has been made in conjunction with the WWF and filming has taken place over a four-year period in 50 countries, with more than 600 crew members involved in the project.
The programme is produced by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who have worked with Attenborough on several other planet-based documentaries in the past.
The documentary will be released on Netflix at the same time across the globe in the hope of harnessing a cohesive response from governments world wide. Free educational materials will also be shared on online in conjunction with the series.
The nature documentary will be shared on Netflix at the same time across the globe. Credit: PA
According to the Guardian, WWF’s Colin Butfield, who is one of the project’s executive producers, said: “I’ve never seen a natural history series that combines real stuff you’ve never seen before but that always has a really, really great narrative in each episode.
“It’s not at all preachy, it’s spectacular mass public entertainment, but by the end you are absolutely aware of the challenge of climate change and overfishing and deforestation.”
“I can’t think of a better platform that will reach that many people at the same time.
“For this particular one it’s all about having that global moment. It’s hard to get a programme on lots of national broadcasters at the same time. Whether it’s London or Delhi or Rio or Washington, we want it out at exactly the same time.”
Our Planet is comprised of eight episodes and will be launched on 5 April 2019.
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