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Apple TV+ slates David Attenborough special to mark Earth Day

Streaming giant AppleTV+ is set to celebrate Earth Day with the premiere of The Year Earth Changed, an original one-hour documentary special narrated by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster and naturalist, ...
March 30, 2021

Streaming giant AppleTV+ is set to celebrate Earth Day with the premiere of The Year Earth Changed, an original one-hour documentary special narrated by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.

With exclusive footage from around the world after an unprecedented year, The Year Earth Changed offers a fresh approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. With unique human and nature encounters such as hearing birdsong in deserted cities, to witnessing whales communicating in new ways, to encountering capybaras in South American suburbs, people all over the world have had the chance to engage with the environment like never before.

The Year Earth Changed is produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, directed by Tom Beard, and executive produced by Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper.

“During this most difficult year, many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it,” Attenborough said in a statement. “But the lockdown also created a unique experiment that has thrown light on the impact we have on the natural world. The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference.”

Also premiering on Earth Day — April 16 — in over 100 countries are the second seasons of documentary series Tiny World and Earth At Night In Color.

In Tiny World, narrated and executive produced by actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), viewers get a close look at over 200 species across the six-episode docuseries including anemone shrimp, captured on film for the first time, which clap to signal their intent as cleaners of predatory fish.

Tiny World is produced by Plimsoll Productions and is executive produced by Tom Hugh Jones, who also serves as writer with David Fowler. Grant Mansfield and Martha Holmes also serve as executive producers on behalf of Plimsoll Productions.

In the second season of the six-part docuseries, Earth At Night In Color, narrated by Tom Hiddleston (Avengers), some never-before-seen behaviours of animals after dark are captured using low-light cameras and light from a full moon, include elephants battling hyenas around starlit waterholes and kangaroos embracing under the cover of darkness to find a mate.

Earth At Night In Color is produced by Offspring Films. The series is executive produced by Alex Williamson and series produced by Sam Hodgson.

Trailer for The Year Earth Changed is below:

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