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Thursday 31 August 2023

Sir David Attenborough set to present Planet Earth III

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has officially announced that the legendary Sir David Attenborough will be the presenter for "Planet Earth III," the highly anticipated third installment of the critically acclaimed and award-winning series.

Mike Gunton, the Executive Producer, shared his excitement, stating, "The essence of 'Planet Earth' lies in the presence of David, and I'm thrilled that he will be leading the third series. His boundless passion and wisdom shine through, and he has embraced our fresh perspective with enthusiasm. Witnessing the mesmerizing new marvels that have been captured for the screen, I can confidently say that David has enjoyed every moment."

The series begins with a segment featuring David Attenborough filmed amidst the serene landscapes of the British countryside. This picturesque location holds historical significance as the very ground that Charles Darwin once trod upon while contemplating his groundbreaking theories on evolution. This symbolic spot serves as the ideal backdrop for David to introduce "Planet Earth III" and evoke contemplation on the splendors and vulnerabilities of our planet. Remarkably, the weather blessed the shoot with sunny skies—a rarity during that particular summer.

"Planet Earth III," an enthralling 8-episode series with each episode spanning 60 minutes, is a collaborative effort between BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, and The Open University. Mike Gunton spearheads the project as the Executive Producer, with Matt Brandon serving as the Series Producer. The commissioning of this remarkable venture was overseen by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. Anticipate the series to grace BBC One later this year.

"Planet Earth wouldn't be Planet Earth without David, so I'm delighted he is presenting the third series. As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen."
— Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, Planet Earth III

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