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Sir David Attenborough Is Going To Present A 'Blue Planet' Sequel

Sir David Attenborough Is Going To Present A 'Blue Planet' Sequel

In news that will make your Monday morning feel just that bit more bearable, David Attenborough will be presenting a Blue Planet sequel.

To add a cherry onto the already delicious cake that is this report, the seven-part series will be shown later this year.

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90-year-old Sir David told BBC: "I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known."

It looks like it's going to be a goodun too, as the intention behind the series is to show off recent scientific discoveries. They're not messing about, as they've even managed to fit suction cameras to the back of orcas and whale sharks. Christ.

Obviously, this isn't something that they've managed to pull off overnight. In fact, it's taken four years of painstaking filming on every continent and in every ocean.

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James Honeyborne, the series' executive producer, said: "The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.

"Blue Planet II is taking its cue from these breakthroughs, unveiling unbelievable new places, extraordinary new behaviours and remarkable new creatures. Showing a contemporary portrait of marine life, it will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world's oceans."

Sit Attenborough's Epic Planet Earth II sign off

Planet Earth II was watched by 12 million viewers each week, eclipsing the viewing figures for The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, and it was a TV highlight of 2016.

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At the end of the final episode of the six-part series back in December, there was a poignant message from the show's narrator, and granddad we all wish we had, Sir David Attenborough.

The broadcaster used his send off for the show, which he delivered from the very top of The Shard in London, to call for humanity to help make the world a better place for every creature.

"Now, over half of us live in an urban environment," Attenborough told the camera. "My home, too, is here - in the city of London. Looking down on this great metropolis, the ingenuity with which we continue to reshape the surface of our planet is very striking. But it's also sobering. It reminds me of just how easy it is for us to lose our connection with the natural world.

"Yet, it's on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend. And it is, surely, our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth."

Twitter, at least, seemed willing to heed the veteran wildlife expert's call...

The show's producer, Mike Gunton, said he would like to make another series but it would likely take 10 years to make.

At 90 years old, only time will tell if the BBC will feel David Attenborough is up to the challenge of another series. But one thing is for sure, it'll be everyone's loss if he isn't.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Blue Planet, Planet Earth, david attenborough, Sir David Attenborough

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay has been a Senior Journalist for Tyla and LADbible since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]