After years in the making, Sir David Attenborough’s new series, Our Planet , has finally dropped on Netflix.
Aged 92, rather than considering any sort of retirement, Attenborough is stretching his wings to join the Netflix family.
An epic four-year filming operation and a masterful crew of experienced filmmakers behind such hits as Planet Earth and Blue Planet have created the eight episode work of art.
The eight-episode series focuses on human impact on the globe, its eco-systems and the other species we share it with. Our Planet will focus on the world’s key biomes – icy frozen worlds, jungles, coastal seas, deserts and grasslands, high seas, freshwater regions and forests.
He’ll continue to produce new series for the BBC – One Planet, Seven Worlds will air later this year – but the central idea behind Our Planet meant that Netflix’s global reach was vital.
Incredible filming techniques include using robotic cameras to shoot Siberian tiger, 4K drones capturing whales and their calves and the biggest gathering seen in 100 years of humback whalesoff the South African Cape Peninsula.
Here are jaw-dropping facts about the show and the environments it features:
1: There’s a stunning glacier shot which was all filmed in one 20-minute period.
2: More than 600 people worked on the series.
3: They filmed in 50 countries, managed to capture a number of things on camera that have never been seen before.
4: Over 70% of Borneo has been deforested.
5: Sir David Attenborough isn’t the show’s only famous narrator, Our Planet features 10 local narrators in other languages, including Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek.
6: One scene features 500,000 birds, as 80% of the world’s population of the birds arrived on a 75-mile stretch of river.
7: There are just 550 Amur tigers left in the world.
A warning about Our Planet, the passionate and heartfelt messages from the presenter and the shocking footage revealed across the series about the damage that we’re having on our oceans and its wildlife.
Its a must watch for everyone.