After celebrating his 97th birthday, Sir David Attenborough will return to one of his most renowned programmes.
He may have celebrated his birthday in May, but we feel like we’ve been handed the ultimate gift: the broadcasting great will once again provide calming narration for the third installment of Planet Earth.
Planet Earth III follows the initial BBC series from 17 years ago, which was followed by a sequel in 2016. Fans can now get excited about the trilogy, which is set to hit theatres this autumn and will undoubtedly be the soundtrack to many Sundays throughout the UK.
It took a bit to get the series off the ground – after being commissioned in 2019, it experienced repeated delays owing to Covid-19 – but it’s now happening – good things come to those who wait.
Executive producer Mike Gunton said: ‘Planet Earth wouldn’t be Planet Earth without David, so I’m delighted he is presenting the third series.
‘As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen.’
Gunton also teased what we can expect from the episodes, reports The Mirror.
‘The opening of the series with David was filmed in the beautiful British countryside in exactly the location where Charles Darwin used to walk whilst thinking over his Earth-shaking ideas about evolution.’
He continued: ‘It seemed the perfect place for David to introduce Planet Earth III and remind us of both the wonders and the fragility of our planet.’
He also confirmed what we’d long suspected – Sir David is slightly magic: ‘For him, of course, the sun shone under blue skies …one of the only days it did all summer!’
The new BBC series will consist of eight episodes, seven of which will provide us with an insight into animal life throughout the world, providing us with a unique view of animals such as Jacana birds and Mobula rays that we don’t frequently get to see up close. In the conclusion, we’ll meet real-life ‘heroes’ who devote their lives to the preservation of species.
Viewers will get an understanding of how animals have evolved and the issues they face today.
Sir David began filming documentaries in 1952, and he shows no signs of slowing down even after eight decades.
Gunton previously joked: ‘If I had a pound for every time somebody said, “This is probably going to be David’s last series,” I’d be a very rich man.’
Planet Earth and Planet Earth II are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Source My Celebrity Life.