CAPTAIN PLANET BACK FOR MORE
THERE’S no stopping Sir David Attenborough. At 90, the famed broadcaster and naturalist has taken on one of the most ambitious projects of his career – Planet Earth II.
In the very first shot of the new series, which comes a decade after the groundbreaking Planet Earth, Attenborough is sailing 3km above the earth in a hot-air balloon.
“He is almost superhuman,” executive producer Mike Gunton says. “I don’t know how he does it, but thank God he does.”
The rise of drones and portable camera technology makes Planet Earth II a different experience from the original. This time, viewers feel like they are there with the animals rather than observing them from a distance.
Each episode is built on a theme – islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, and grasslands. There is also a cities episode which looks at the growing number of animals thriving in major urban centres.
So why is the time right for a sequel to Planet Earth?
“David says it felt like there was a turning of the zeitgeist – people are conscious of the fragility of the planet again,” Gunton says. “We need to remind ourselves of that fragility.”
PLANET EARTH II WEDNESDAY, 7.30PM, NINE