Sir David Attenborough (pictured) is teaming up with UK indie Atlantic Productions and broadcaster Sky 3D for a natural history series telling the story of the Galapagos islands, marking the fourth time the parties have collaborated for a 3D project.
The three-part Galapagos 3D, which is scheduled to air on Sky 3D in late 2012, will be written and presented by Attenborough and is the first doc to be produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture prodco formed by Sky and Atlantic earlier this summer.
In a statement, Attenborough said the islands were “one of the most wonderful places in the world,” adding: “There are extraordinary creatures living there that live nowhere else – a whole slew of marvelous animals. Galapagos is full of drama, full of charismatic creatures which you can film; it is a natural for 3D.”
Sky 3D director John Cassy added: “Sir David and Atlantic Productions are the natural partners to take on this ambitious project on – and ensure our natural history programming continues to break new ground.”
The series was commissioned by Sky’s head of factual and features, Celia Taylor, and follows on from the team’s BAFTA-winning first effort, Flying Monsters 3D, and the soon-to-premiere second venture, Bachelor King 3D.
The latter will air on Sky 3D on December 31 at 8 p.m. GMT. A third special, Kingdom of Plants 3D, has been shot at the UK’s iconic botanical space Kew Gardens, and will air on the network at some point next year.
Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions and co-founder of Colossus Productions, said Galapagos 3D will be the team’s “most ambitious [3D project] yet, and will involve micro and macro filming on location and state-of-the art 3D visual effects which will peel away the Earth’s surface and shed light on the hidden forces that have built and shaped the islands.”
The Galapagos commission forms part of Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in UK-originated content by 50% to £600 million (US$930.6 million) a year by 2014, the network said.
The news comes with Attenborough having received a wave of recent acclaim in the UK for the latest big-budget BBC/Discovery coproduction Frozen Planet, which drew higher-than-average audiences of around six million to 8.5 million viewers each week across the course of its seven episode run.