Reconnect with the wild by watching Planet Earth II. This series offers a reboot from the first Planet Earth season aired in 2006. Ninety-year-old Sir David Attenborough has returned to narrate the series. He has captured viewer’s imaginations as they journeyed with him across the world.
Planet Earth was undoubtedly the first wildlife series that went into thick, detailed description of wildlife, coupled with the action-packed footage.
The new series aired on February 05, 2017 and was met with much anticipation. New technology has made it possible to get up close to nature and phenomenon rarely seen before.
The season has 6 episodes bursting with new footage of wildlife filmed across the globe. It was an enormous project, involving some 2,089 shooting days in 40 countries. Some shots were even filmed in South Africa.
“Southern Africa is just so rich with wildlife. We were able to follow a serval cat, that was released back into the wild, with a steady-cam through the grass during her first few days when she learned to hunt again. So we have these beautiful gliding images where you feel like you’re on the shoulder of an assassin as she’s hunting in the grass. It was a perfect example of really getting into it. Planet Earth was as you’ve never seen it before, whereas Planet Earth 2 is as you’ve never experienced it before.”
This series is expected to be a raging success. It touches on themes such as island life, mountains, jungle and urban wildlife. Some scenes from the show have already gone viral, including the scene where Iguana skips through a pit of snakes, escaping against impossible odds.
The scene was a product of patience and the intense pressure to film “things that have never been seen,” camera operator Richard Wollocombe said. It is this patience, coupled with luck and timing that has led to the show’s original raging success. If offers the viewer an intimate glimpse into the wild, giving them a taste of what really lies out there.