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Sir David Attenborough's Netflix Documentary Series Our Planet Is Released Today

Stewart Perrie

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Sir David Attenborough's Netflix Documentary Series Our Planet Is Released Today

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It's no secret that the world loves nature documentaries for their ability to show us the world around us and all the incredible things that happen in the wild.

That's why today is such an awesome day because Netflix's answer to wonderful docuseries like Blue Planet and Planet Earth is released onto the streaming service.

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Our Planet, which is also narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is an eight-part series that will explore the 'unique and precious wonders of our natural world'.

It will focus on the breath and diversity of habitats across the world from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.

Combining stunning photography and technology with a never-before-filmed look at the planet's remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants, the ambitious project has been four years in the making - having been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with over 600 members of crew capturing more than three and a half thousand filming days.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Speaking at the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) State of the Planet Address in London, Attenborough said: "Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery, showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world.

"Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there's still time for us to address the challenges we've created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.

"Our Planet brings together some of the world's best filmmakers and conservationists and I'm delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide."

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We've been warned that it won't be like other docuseries we've seen in the past, which just show animals and plants interacting with their surroundings. Our Planet will make specific references to how the wildlife shown in each episode have suffered because of mankind.

According to the Atlantic, the audience will see beautiful orangutans and then hear that 100 of them die every week because of humans. They'll see awesome Madagascan mongoose and then be told that their habitats have been destroyed since the filmed finished.

WWF's Colin Butfield, who is one of the project's executive producers, added: "I've never seen a natural history series that combines real stuff you've never seen before but that always has a really, really great narrative in each episode.

"It's not at all preachy, it's spectacular mass public entertainment, but by the end you are absolutely aware of the challenge of climate change and overfishing and deforestation.

"I can't think of a better platform that will reach that many people at the same time."

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Sir David Attenborough, Netflix

Stewart Perrie
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