David Attenborough to present BBC One’s A Perfect Planet
James R | On 11, Feb 2020
David Attenborough will present A Perfect Planet, a new natural history series for BBC One.
A Perfect Planet will fuse blue chip natural history and earth sciences to explain how our living planet operates. The five-part series will show how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. In doing so, it will reveal how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.
From the white wolves of Ellesemere Island to bears in Kamchatka, vampire finches of the Galapagos to golden snub-nosed monkeys of China, a global view of the planet from space will be informed by intimate animal stories from the Indian Monsoon to Hawaiian volcanoes. The final episode in the series looks at the dramatic impact of the world’s newest global force of nature – humans.
The programme is a Silverback Films Production for BBC and Discovery, co-produced with Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV9, France Televisions and The Open University. The Executive Producer is Alastair Fothergill, and the Series Producer is Huw Cordey
David Attenborough says: “Oceans, sunlight, weather and volcanoes – together these powerful yet fragile forces allow life to flourish in astonishing diversity. They make Earth truly unique – a perfect planet. Our planet is one in a billion, a world teeming with life. But now, a new dominant force is changing the face of Earth: humans. To preserve our perfect planet we must ensure we become a force for good.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, adds: “Planet Earth is perfect. It orbits at the perfect distance from the sun; it tilts at just the right angle and has a decent sized moon to hold it in place. On top of that, the day-to-day workings of the planet naturally serve to nurture animals and plants. For instance, a global weather system circulates and distributes fresh water to all corners, and a cycle of marine currents delivers nutrients to even the deepest reaches of the ocean. As a result, there is literally no corner of our planet where life can’t be found.”
The series will air on BBC One later this year.