Attenborough’s spectacular planet Earth

Sir David Attenborough narrates PLanet Earth II
Sir David Attenborough narrates PLanet Earth II

In 2006 when BBC1 screened the programme Planet Earth over eleven episodes it was the first natural history series to be made in high definition.

Last Sunday evening BBC1 screened the first episode of the follow up series, Planet Earth II, which was made in ultra-high definition and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. It was filmed in 40 different countries; had 117 filming trips and took up 2089 filming days.

It will allow viewers the opportunity of gaining an even greater insight into the creatures who share their planet with them. This Sunday at 4.15pm, anybody who missed out on the first episode – Islands - will get another chance of seeing it. This episode focuses on several remote islands where some of the world’s rarest and most unusual creatures live.

One of the most spectacular sequences is where young marine iguanas having just emerged from the sand for the first time, have to outrun a number of deadly racer snakes. There is also the rather poignant sequence as an albatross waits for its mate to return after a six month break. The episode ends on the island of Zavodovski in Antarctica where the one and half million penguins who live there face a particularly hostile environment. Then at 8pm the second episode of the series – Mountains - is screened. This looks at some of the world’s most elusive animals. Viewers will get to witness what happens when four snow leopards meet up and two of them are rival males! Grizzly bears are shown struggling to divest themselves of their winter fur. Golden eagles are depicted hunting in the snow-capped mountains of Europe. It is full of spectacular pictures, wonderful music and a thoughtful, informative narration.

Ian K