CAP­TAIN PLANET BACK FOR MORE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Colin Vickery

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

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