BBC, Attenborough team for two specials

UK pubcaster BBC has unveiled two natural history specials with Sir David Attenborough set to air across BBC1 and BBC2, including Inspiring Attenborough: Sir David at 90 and Light on Earth (pictured).
November 25, 2015

UK pubcaster the BBC has unveiled two natural history specials with Sir David Attenborough set to air across BBC1 and BBC2.

Produced in-house by BBC’s natural history unit, the hour-long BBC1 special, Inspiring Attenborough: Sir David at 90, will mark the naturalist’s 90th birthday and is set to feature an in-depth look at Attenborough’s seven-decade “contribution to our understanding of the natural world.”

Recorded in front of a live studio audience, host Kirsty Young and Attenborough will be joined on stage by filmmakers, zoologists, conservationists, biologists, anthropologists and broadcasters.

BBC’s Mike Gunton serves as executive producer.

Meanwhile, BBC2′s Light on Earth (pictured) will see Attenborough and a team of scientists exploring the world of bioluminescence produced by glow worms, fireflies and luminous plankton.

By utilizing a number of scientific breakthroughs and scientific experiments, the blue-chip natural history film captures for the first time a bioluminescent millipede glowing on the forest floor; the bioluminescence of a live dragon fish; the flashing light patterns of the firefly in real-time; and the glow of the lantern shark’s stomach.

The special is exec produced by Ivo Filatsch and Sabine Holzer for Terra Mater Factual Studios. Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine and Paul Reddish of Ammonite Films serve as directors on the film.

Both specials are to premiere in 2016.

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