David Attenborough wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Sir David Attenborough said Our Planet would ‘take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery’.


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Sir David Attenborough mentioned Our Planet would ‘take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery’.

Sir David Attenborough will entrance a brand new pure historical past documentary for Netflix, within the newest instance of the streaming firm muscling in on the BBC’s territory.

The 92-year-old broadcaster has been synonymous with the BBC’s pure historical past output for many years however will now present the voiceover for Netflix’s eight-part sequence Our Planet, which shall be launched in April.

“Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the sweetness and fragility of our pure world,” Attenborough mentioned because the sequence was introduced on Thursday. “Right now we now have develop into the best risk to the well being of our dwelling however there’s nonetheless time for us to deal with the challenges we’ve created if we act now. We’d like the world to concentrate.”

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The programme is produced by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who’ve beforehand labored with Attenborough on BBC initiatives similar to Planet Earth and Blue Planet. Unusually, their Netflix sequence has been produced in collaboration with the World Extensive Fund for Nature (WWF), which helped achieve entry to filming areas and offered recommendation.

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The WWF’s Colin Butfield, who served as an government producer on the challenge, mentioned: “I’ve by no means seen a pure historical past sequence that mixes actual stuff you’ve by no means seen earlier than however that all the time has a extremely, actually nice narrative in every episode. It’s under no circumstances preachy, it’s spectacular mass public leisure, however by the top you might be completely conscious of the problem of local weather change and overfishing and deforestation.”

Our Planet was initially introduced with out Attenborough’s involvement in 2015 and the group have spent 4 years filming in 50 nations around the globe, with extra 600 members of crew.

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Final 12 months the BBC aired Blue Planet II, fronted by Attenborough. It was the 12 months’s most-watched TV present within the UK and have become a world success, and it prompted a reappraisal of the impression of plastic use on the oceans.

Butfield mentioned Netflix would make Our Planet obtainable on the identical day around the globe – one thing that’s unattainable to attain with conventional TV channels – in an try and affect governments. The sequence shall be obtainable solely to paying subscribers.



Sir David Attenborough


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Sir David Attenborough


“I can’t consider a greater platform that may attain that many individuals on the identical time,” he mentioned. “For this specific one it’s all about having that world second. It’s onerous to get a programme on a number of nationwide broadcasters on the identical time. Whether or not it’s London or Delhi or Rio or Washington, we would like it out at precisely the identical time.”

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He mentioned different materials produced alongside every episode could be made freely obtainable on-line. “Our motive is academic and [improving] public understanding of the pure world. [It] is telling a a lot greater, deeper story in regards to the state of the planet and the way nature can get better.”

Our Planet represents an infinite monetary funding for Netflix, given the substantial value of manufacturing pure historical past movies. The BBC has teamed up with TV channels around the globe to share manufacturing prices, though it’s prone to discover itself battling with deep-pocketed on-line rivals for future sequence.

Attenborough will not be chopping his ties with the BBC, and his new five-part sequence Dynasties, for which he was concerned in on-location filming, will start on BBC One this Sunday.

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