by Matthew Cobb
The new BBC series Planet Earth II, narrated by David Attenborough, airs in the UK on Sunday. I was lucky enough to chair a session at the Manchester Science Festival last week at which two of the film-makers, Chadden Hunter and Emma Brennand, presented some extracts from the series and talked about the challenges of filming wildlife (Emma brought along a big long stick that was used for keeping Komodo dragons away from the film-makers while filming them), and the new technology they employed (in particular drones and HD camera traps). Attenborough’s contribution is nowhere near as direct as in his earlier series (he is 90, after all), and he doesn’t appear on location in any of the scenes. Nonetheless, this promises to be a moving and powerful presentation of life on our planet.
To mark this event, here are fours videos, some of which you may have seen. The first is the extended trailer – put it on fullscreen and turn up the sound! Lots of fantastic kitteh action here.
Then the short, TV trailer:
Next is a nice piece with Attenborough talking about Darwin, recorded last year:
Finally, here’s Attenborough’s interview with Obama, from last year. Obama looks and sounds pretty knackered at the beginning – not surprising given his job – but he warms up over the 20 or so minutes.