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BBC, PBS to launch new David Attenborough-fronted plant series

UK pubcaster BBC is continuing its streak of prestige blue chip nature docuseries like Blue Planet and Planet Earth with a new plant-centric series, fronted by legendary broadcaster and natural historian ...
December 9, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC is continuing its streak of prestige blue chip nature docuseries like Blue Planet and Planet Earth with a new plant-centric series, fronted by legendary broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough.

The Green Planet (working title; 5 x 60 minutes) will offer an immersive look at the often unseen, inter-connected plant world, billed as “the Planet Earth of plants.”

The series will see Attenborough (pictured) traveling to the U.S., Costa Rica, Croatia and northern Europe, in locations including deserts, mountains, rainforests and the frozen north, as he seeks out new stories and a fresh understanding of how plants live their lives, all while making use of new developments in robotics, moving time-lapse, super-detail thermal cameras, deep focus ‘frame-stacking’ and ultra-high-speed to travel beyond the power of the human eye.

The Green Planet is produced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit for BBC1 and U.S. pubcaster PBS. Mike Gunton serves as executive producer. It was commissioned by BBC content director Charlotte Moore. For PBS, the series is overseen by Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development. It was co-produced by ZDF and The Open University.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a neglected yet truly remarkable part of the natural world,” said Attenborough in a statement. “Once again, the innovative approach of the BBC NHU and groundbreaking technology will reveal new and surprising wonders to the BBC1 audience.”

“This series will take viewers into a world beyond their imagination — see things no eye has ever seen,” added Gunton. “The world of plants is a mind-blowing parallel universe; one that we can now bring to life using a whole range of exciting new camera technology. This is Planet Earth for plants.”

(Photo courtesy of BBC)

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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