The BBC’s multi-award winning Blue Planet is set to return, featuring national treasure Sir David Attenborough as presenter.
Sixteen years on from the original series, the sequel will immerse us deeper below uncharted waters, opening our eyes to a fresh cast of aquatic animals including a new species of hairy-chested crab and snub-fin dolphins.
In announcing Blue Planet II, Sir David Attenborough said:
I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.
The BBC’s Natural History Unit spent four year’s filming the new documentary, exploring every ocean and continent. They’ve also developed new filming techniques such as ‘suction cams’ which enable the viewer to travel on the back of creatures such as whales and sharks.
James Honeyborne, the series’ executive producer, said: “The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.”
Despite criticism which revealed that around 2% of the original series was filmed at aquariums, the series went on to win numerous Emmy and BAFTA TV awards.
It bought together viewers from around the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack 15 years ago and went on to sell in more than 50 countries.
More recently, Planet Earth II went on to break all records, snatching position as the most watched natural history documentary of all time. Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries continue to break records and it’s likely that Blue Planet II will continue this trend.
The new series is due to be broadcasted in Autumn.