Awesome spec­ta­cles


There are many rea­sons why the li­cence fee is crack­ing value for money and Blue Planet II is one of them. Small won­der then that it’s this year's most watched Bri­tish TV show. How won­der­ful that a nat­u­ral his­tory pro­gramme can reg­u­larly blow re­al­ity pap and clapped out Strictly and X Fac­tor for­mats out of the wa­ter.

New tech­nol­ogy has al­lowed the pro­gramme mak­ers to go down fur­ther and get closer to ma­rine life than ever be­fore, al­low­ing us to see whole new worlds for the first time. Mes­meris­ing se­quences, mo­ments of pure drama, ex­tra­or­di­nary crea­tures and strange be­hav­iours, the doc­u­men­tary se­ries is pretty much critic-proof. Al­though that hasn’t stopped view­ers com­plain­ing of be­ing “trau­ma­tised” by see­ing a gi­ant fish swal­low a bird mid-flight. Some­one tell these sen­si­tive souls that na­ture is not like a Disney car­toon. This ground-break­ing show is a peer­less in­sight into the nat­u­ral world and I can’t wait to see what other won­ders are in store for us over the com­ing weeks.

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