BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 09 Nov '18

VIDEO: Sir David Attenborough voices new eight-part natural history series

Main image: ©Our Planet/Steve Benjamin/Silverback Films/Netflix

World-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will serve as the voice of upcoming Netflix original documentary series Our Planet, which will premiere on Netflix on 05 April 2019.

The ambitious series has been created in collaboration with Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill was the creator of the critically acclaimed original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and WWF, the world’s leading conservation organisation.

4k camera tech

The eight-part series will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats, revealing amazing sights on Earth in ways they’ve never been seen using the latest in 4k camera technology.

The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing more than three and a half thousand filming days.

It will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Part of a bigger picture

The partnership with WWF means the series can be part of a wider global project that will help inspire people around the world to discover why our natural world matters.

From a wealth of online resources to educational programmes for schools, the project will go beyond just showcasing the wonders of our planet to reveal what we must do now to ensure people and Nature can thrive.

Alastair Fothergill, director at Silverback, said, ‘Our Planet is our most ambitious endeavour to date, we hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before.’

‘We’re the first generation to know the full impact of what we’re doing to our planet, and the last that has the chance to do anything about it. We’re at a unique moment in our history where we have the chance to put things right and start on the path towards a better future. Our Planet will showcase the wonders of our world at the critical time when we need global action to protect it.’

COLIN BUTFIELD
Executive director of WWF-UK and executive producer of Our Planet

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.’

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Speaking at WWF’s State of the Planet Address event in London

Tanya Steele, CEO of WWF, said the collaboration will remind us of the beauty of the natural world, as well as humanity’s role in destroying it.

‘WWF’s recent Living Planet Report warned that population sizes of wildlife have fallen an average of 60% globally since 1970’, Tanya added. ‘We hope the Our Planet series and wider project will inspire people in the UK and around the world to join the fight for our world and demand a new global deal for Nature and people.’