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Twitter Reacts As Planet Earth 2's Finale Tops Off An Amazing Series

James Dawson

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Twitter Reacts As Planet Earth 2's Finale Tops Off An Amazing Series

Over the course of the previous five episodes, the second series of Planet Earth provided an array of beautiful sequences and narratives for the 12 million of us who have tuned in each week. Tonight's finale was no different.

This week focused on how animals adapt to lives in cities, from peregrine falcons hunting among New York's skyscrapers to hyenas that live peacefully alongside the people of Harar.

The episode examined how some animals are struggling to survive in urban environments, and questioned how cities can be built to serve their needs as well as those of human inhabitants. The scenes filmed using night-vision cameras showing leopards hunting around the wastelands of a busy city like Mumbai, just metres from passing pedestrians, were especially extra-ordinary.

It easy to forget that humans share this planet with millions of other creatures; even those of us who live in concrete metropolises are never as far from nature as we often suppose.

At 90-year-old David Attenborough is not just the grandfather we all wish we had, but the voice-over that guides his audience through the wilderness. The BBC will struggle to replicate that relationship when he eventually decides to retire, simply put he is irreplaceable.

But for all the fascinating imagery and wonderful moments, perhaps the show enduring legacy will be how it has demonstrated the continued public appetite for high quality nature programming. Having eclipsed the viewing figures for the X Factor and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, and in an age of Netflix and binge-streaming, the show has shown there is still an audience for television that educates as well as entertains.

Here's what people have had to say about the finale on Twitter...

It has become a platitude to say 2016 has been a terrible year, there may have been ebbs, but Planet Earth 2 at least has been majestic.

Featured image credit: BBC

Topics: Planet Earth, david attenborough, Twitter, Nature

James Dawson
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