Sir David Attenborough's A Perfect Planet may be most breathtaking yet
Sir David Attenborough has promised ‘one of the most incredible nature sequences ever shown on television’ in new documentary series, A Perfect Planet.
The iconic 94-year-old filmmaker is lending his voice once again to a new five-part series showing the intricacies and beauty of the natural world.
In a first look trailer, we know we’re in for something good, as he speaks about the carefully laid out world that we live on.
‘They say perfection doesn’t exist, but that’s not quite true,’ he is heard saying. ‘There is one planet where every element has fallen into place perfectly. Planet Earth.’
‘From volcanoes to weather systems, ocean currents to the heat of the sun, these forces have allowed life on earth to flourish.
‘Join me to discover how these diverse forces work together to keep our planet in perfect balance.’
Speaking ahead of the show’s launch, Sir David and the creative team behind the latest series praised the camera work that went into the creation – including a particular tracking of beautiful flamingoes that will captivate audiences.
‘That flamingo sequence is one of the most incredible sequences I’ve seen on television,’ he said.
‘It’s been filmed so beautifully, the use of drones – it’s so skilful, the pictures are indelibly planted in the mind. It’s extraordinary.’
The sequence in question takes place at Lake Natron in Tanzania, with the team using drones to film the soda flats of the area, where flamingoes are seen being born and learning to walk for the first time.
Unfortunately, being able to get on the ground to film the moments proved difficult, with camera operator Matt Aeberhard explaining that the environment is dangerous for humans and in similar line to bathroom bleach.
‘More people had landed on the moon until fairly recently than had landed on the flats,’ Aeberhard explained. ‘It’s a highly caustic environment.
‘The pH there is about 12 – not far off household bleach. The only option to get there is a hovercraft, which was fun but the rubber skirt is shredded by the jagged soda crystals.’
A Perfect Planet launches Sunday January 3 at 8pm on BBC One and will be available in full on BBC iPlayer.
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