Planet Earth documentary series takes on Life in the follow-up
Hailed as “the definitive look at the diversity of our planet”, Planet Earth (2006) is the most expensive nature documentary ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be commissioned in high definition. While that in itself is impressive, the series immaculate filming brought a number of never-before-seen on TV firsts to viewers.
Among the events seen for the first time on the series were wild Bactrian camels eating snow in the Gobi desert, a snow leopard hunting markhor in north-west Pakistan and Arctic wolves and Wild dogs hunting filmed from the air. The series also saw a piranha feeding frenzy filmed in the water with the fish, a pride of lions hunting and killing an elephant at night and Humpback whales using bubble-netting to corral krill.
The breathtaking miniseries traveling from the poles to the depths of our oceans, is now being followed up, once again as a joint venture between the BBC and Discovery – only instead of David Attenborough narrating, the new series called Life will feature the voice of Oprah Winfrey.
Discovery says that the new groundbreaking series will take viewers “from strange creatures, such as the star-nosed mole that hunts underwater using bubbles to smell its prey, to epic spectacles, including millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, each episode tells mind-blowing stories of survival with drama, humor and suspense.”
The new series has been in production for four years and will be released in March 2010. If anything like its predecessor, Life will give new meaning to both documentary and well… life.
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