David Attenborough to narrate 4K Planet Earth II
The BBC has confirmed that David Attenborough will return to narrate the follow-up to the hit nature documentary, Planet Earth. While the first series was a groundbreaker in terms of HD filmmaking, this time around the BBC is going to capture the world and its inhabitant entirely in 4K.
“Shot in UHD, the epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none,” said Mike Gunton, the show’s executive producer. “It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”
Last year, Netflix announced it would be making a 4K spiritual sequel to Planet Earth, called Our Planet. Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who worked for the BBC on the original Planet Earth, are producing that series, which isn’t due to air until 2019.
You won’t have to wait that long for the BBC sequel, though, which is slated to come out at the end of this year.
Back in 2013, Gunton spoke about the difficulties of filming in 4K, as well as the appeal of using Ultra HD in future nature documentaries. “Animals in nature are beautiful things,” he told Broadcastnow. “The higher the resolution of the image, the more beautiful they look. Even the apparently mundane can appear utterly extraordinary when you start shooting in super high-resolution. The textures jump out at you.”
You can read more about watching Ultra HD with our guide to 4K in the UK.
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