David Attenborough to present ‘Planet Earth 2’ in 2016

BBC confirm six one-hour new episodes will air this year

The BBC has confirmed that Sir David Attenborough will narrate a second series of Planet Earth, the hugely successful nature documentary show that first aired in 2006.

The first series took five years to create and was the most expensive nature documentary series commissioned by the BBC, as well as the first to be filmed in high definition.

The Guardian reports that six one-hour episodes will air on BBC One later this year, ten years after the original 11-part series.

“I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so,” said Attenborough of the news.

Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC TV channels and the iPlayer, added: “A decade on from Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, this new series promises to be an extraordinary experience for our audience”.

According to Variety, Planet Earth 2 will be officially unveiled at a BBC Worldwide sales event in Liverpool this week.

Attenborough will be interviewed by Louis Theroux at the launch event.

Over 64,000 people recently signed a petition for Snoop Dogg to replace Attenborough as Planet Earth host.