David Attenborough returns to BBC and PBS with ‘The Green Planet’

The BBC and PBS have announced a new series from the makers of The Blue Planet.

The Green Planet will see Sir David Attenborough travel across the globe to give audiences a fresh understanding of how plants live their lives.

The upcoming nature documentary series has been made by BBC Studios’ world-renowned Natural History Unit.

Episodes will take viewers around the world, from the USA to Costa Rica, Croatia to northern Europe; from deserts to water worlds, from tropical forests to the frozen north.

The show is described as “the first immersive portrayal of an unseen, interconnected world” and “a great passion project for Sir David Attenborough.”

The official synopsis reads: “Plants live secret, unseen lives. But they are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as animals – locked in life-and-death struggles for food and light, taking part in fierce battles for territory, and desperately trying to reproduce and scatter their young.

“Using pioneering new filmmaking technology and the very latest science, The Green Planet reveals this strange and wonderful world of plants like never before.”

The Green Planet will use pioneering motion-control robotics systems to take us on a magical journey into the world of plants, in real time and in time-lapse, to watch their lives on their timescale and from their perspective.

The technology includes thermal cameras, macro frame-stacking to give incredible depth-of-field, ultra-high-speed cameras and the latest developments in microscopy.

The Green Planet begins in the UK on Sunday 9th January on BBC One.

It’ll premiere in the US later this year on PBS.

Sir David Attenborough commented: “There has been a revolution worldwide in attitudes towards the natural world in my lifetime. An awakening and an awareness of how important the natural world is to us all – an awareness that we would starve without plants, we wouldn’t be able to breathe without plants.”

He added: “The world is green, it’s an apt name [for the series]… and yet people’s understanding about plants, except in a very kind of narrow way, has not kept up with that. I think this will bring it home.”

The Blue Planet complete collection is available on DVD on Amazon.