David Attenborough's 'Planet Earth II' Sign-Off Was Epic
Planet Earth II drew to a close last night. The BBC series 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 has been a TV highlight of 2016.
At the end of the final episode of the six-part series there was a poignant message from the show's narrator, and granddad we all wish we had, Sir David Attenborough.
The 90-year-old 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...
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That was the most poignant bit of tv I've seen in a long while. The piece Sir David delivered to camera made me weep.
- fearne cotton (@Fearnecotton) December 11, 2016
#PlanetEarth found myself weeping at this episode. Sobering viewing and such a powerful message from Sir David Attenborough
- Liz Fenn (@busylizzy) December 11, 2016
May the message Sir David Attenborough said in the last episode of #PlanetEarth be loud and clear to everybody. We are but one planet.
- Daniel Winward (@DanielWinward) December 11, 2016
#PlanetEarth is amazing! So gutted that was the last one. David Attenborough at the end. Love him!! What am I going to do Sunday's now?!
- SamAndrews (@SamHollyAndrews) December 11, 2016
Over the weekend 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