Ten years on from the ground-breaking documentary Planet Earth, BBC has confirmed a new series, Planet Earth II.
Planet Earth, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was the first natural history series to be filmed in high definition, and attracted a global audience of over half a billion people.
According to producers, the new season will immerse audiences in spectacular landscapes and habitats on Earth and bring them eye to eye with the animals that live there.
Over three years in the making, with 117 filming trips in 40 different countries and a total of 2089 shooting days, this is filmed in stunning ultra-high definition, again narrated by Sir David Attenborough and scored by Hans Zimmer.
“Advances in filming technology have made it possible for us to reveal the natural world in entirely new ways. We’re able to go further, get closer and capture behaviour and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago. From the highest mountains to the remotest islands and from the richest jungles to the harshest deserts, Planet Earth II focuses on the most iconic habitats on land and seeks to bring audiences an experience of what it’s like to live in these great wildernesses,” Tom Hugh-Jones, Series Producer and Mike Gunton, Executive Producer said in a statement.
“Continuing scientific discovery has uncovered new revelations and wildlife stories that have never been filmed before. A new generation of low-light cameras have allowed us to capture the drama that takes place in the darkest night and deepest jungles, drones have brought a new aerial perspective and the latest camera-stabilisation techniques have allowed us to free the camera from the tripod to follow in the footsteps of animals, travelling with them to experience their world. A major advance has been the development of high quality remote camera-traps that have allowed us to witness creatures and behaviours so elusive that they were considered almost impossible to capture.
“We’ve also turned our cameras on a new habitat – for the very first time in a landmark natural history series – where in the final episode we journey to cities to witness the surprising ways that some animals are managing to thrive in the urban world, before considering what the future holds for our relationship with the natural world.”