Planet Earth, the 11-episode BBC series, rocked the world in 2006 with its stunning visuals and heart-rending portrayal of some of the world’s most unique and most bizarre sights. It took five years to make and was, at the time, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by BBC. Planet Earth was simply ground-breaking. Each episode focused on a different biome of the earth, allowing viewers to step intimately into deserts, rainforests, and oceans alike, meeting and greeting animals that most of us didn’t even know existed- all in stunning HD. 10 years later? Planet Earth II has been announced, to the euphoric delight of all.
The trailer gives us a sneak peek into what is planned for the second Planet Earth series. It seems as though there will be no end of mesmerizing nature cinematography, much as was in the first one. Sir David Attenborough has been confirmed to be the narrator again (because really, there would be riots if it was anyone else) and BBC has promised that the “epic scale of this series is second to none.” Filmed over three years with the latest technology such as aerial drone photography and remote recording, Planet Earth 2 promises to disappoint no one with some of the most immersive nature documentary filming ever. The series is filmed in UHD, which, even on the most average television screen, looks spectacular.
Due to air later this year, Planet Earth II comes at an extremely appropriate time given the current biome catastrophes like the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. Global warming is dramatically affecting our “planet earth” and the health of many species and climates are being not only damaged but irrevocably ruined. Even if you’re not a naturalist or animal enthusiast, the biomes and creatures filmed by the Planet Earth and Planet Earth II crew may be as they are now only for a little while longer. In a way, these series serve a secondary purpose- as a time capsule for what Planet Earth is currently, and what it may never be again. With that in mind, we don’t plan on missing out on BBC’s second round of the Planet Earth series. Thanks, BBC.