A trio of top TV shows from Leicester’s favourite son Sir David Attenborough are to grace our screens next year.
The veteran broadcaster and naturalist, who grew up in the city, is loved all over the world, with each new series of his eagerly anticipated by viewers.
The good news for fans is that next year looks set to be a bumper year for Attenborough documentaries.
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The first, which is out in a matter of days, has been described as a “passion project” for Sir David.
The Green Planet, which begins airing from Sunday, January 9, is a five-part landmark series that uses pioneering new filmmaking technology and the very latest science to give an unrivalled experience into the life of plants.
Capitalising on new developments in robotics, the series will deploy moving time-lapse, super-detail thermal cameras as well as deep-focus ‘frame-stacking’ and ultra-high-speed cameras to travel beyond the capabilities of the human eye and make visible the hidden life of the green planet.
Billed as ‘Planet Earth from the perspective of plants’, each episode will see Sir David travel the world to explore the extraordinary ways in which plants have learnt to survive and thrive in almost every environment.
It’s a journey that will see the 95-year-old venture to the rainforests of the tropics to the wildernesses of the frozen north.
Earlier this year, Sir David gave an advanced screening of the series at the COP26 conference in Glasgow – an event where he warned world leaders that they needed to ‘act now’ to avoid a climate crisis.
“For years plant life has been largely ignored when talking about climate change, but as viewers will see from watching the series, the green ecosystem is at the heart of all life on earth and thus it’s vital that we tackle biodiversity and climate change together,” Sir David said of the series.
Later in the year, he will return to our screens once more on BBC One for the second series of Dynasties.
Four years on from the first series which captivated more than eight million viewers in the UK, Dynasties II will see four new episodes devoted to families and leaders within groups of elephants, cheetahs, pumas, and hyena.
Each episode will delve deep into the lives of the groups, with every group having a leader in its own right.
For Angelina, the matriarch elephant, she-cheetah Kali, Rupestre the puma and hyena clan-leader Suma, they are all confronted by a rapidly changing world with relentless competition for dwindling resources that stacks perilous odds against them.
Jack Bootle, head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History at the BBC, said the series would be “gripping”.
“Dynasties II will be a gripping look at the lives of four remarkable wild animals as they struggle to build a family against the odds,” he said. “With characters you fall in love with, and genuine life-and-death stakes, this will be a series every bit as thrilling as the greatest drama.”
A transmission date for Dynasties II is currently unknown.
Finally, the third and perhaps most eagerly awaited series of them all, is the third part in the trilogy of Planet Earth series.
Seen as a key piece of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations in 2022, Planet Earth III is described as “the most ambitious natural history landmark ever undertaken” by the BBC.
Taking audiences to stunning new landscapes and showcasing jaw-dropping newly-discovered behaviours, the series will also follow the intense struggles of some of the planet’s most amazing animals.
Across eight episodes, the advances in technology from the second series in 2016 will see the show’s team take viewers from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, from the darkest caves to the hottest deserts.
An air date for the series is as of yet unknown, but producers and Sir David have promised that Planet Earth III will “not only reveal the greatest wonders of life on earth, but will also show the new challenges faced in the 21st Century by the animals and plants with which we share on our increasingly fragile planet.”
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