It's taken a whopping four years to make
Our Planet, David Attenborough’s new nature series, will be his first on Netflix, arriving in April.
Taking four years to film, the series is a collaboration between Netflix, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Silverback Films, the team behind both Planet Earth and Blue Planet. An epic-scaled production, Our Planet was filmed across 50 different countries by over 600 crew members.
Ahead of its release, here’s everything you need to know about Our Planet.
What is the release date for Our Planet?
Our Planet will be released on Netflix on 5 April 2019, with all episodes available to stream via the service at once from that date.
Is there a trailer to watch?
An official trailer was released on 19 March. “This is the story of our changing planet and what we can do to help it thrive,” Attenborough says in a voiceover, before on-screen text describes the show as a “new visionary series” and “global event”. The trailer ends by saying: “Share the wonder of the extraordinary place we call home.”
Previously, there had been a pair of shorter clips released. The first, which surfaced in November 2018, teased: “There is a planet full of wonder. It is alive and it connects all of us.”
A second teaser trailer followed in February 2019. Watch that beneath.
What does Our Planet focus on?
In an official synopsis, Netflix say the series “takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through some of the world’s most precious natural habitats”. It will include “never-before-seen footage of wildlife and their habitats… from exotic jungles to the deepest seas.”
Attenborough has teased the series by saying that Our Planet “will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world.”
The show uses the “latest technology” and was “filmed entirely in Ultra High Definition,” according to a press release.
Much like Blue Planet II, Our Planet will emphasis the role of humans in the survival of natural habitats. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos during January 2019, Attenborough said that the show will be conservation-focused, saying: “There has never been a time where more people have been more out of touch with the natural world than as now.”
How many episodes?
Our Planet will be an eight-part series. This makes it longer than Attenborough’s most recent output, Blue Planet II (seven episodes), Planet Earth II (six) and Dynasties (five).
How are Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz involved?
While Our Planet features Attenborough as the narrator for its English language version, it will also include other local narrators across 10 different languages, including Penélope Cruz for Spain and Salma Hayek for Latin America. Users will be able to change which language they wish to watch the series in.
Cruz said of the news: “I feel very close to everything Our Planet stands for and I’m proud to bring such a powerful piece of work to my home country and audiences around the world.” Hayek added: “Our Planet transcends borders to deliver an inspiring message of wonder, respect and care for our natural world.”
Will Attenborough continue to make shows for the BBC?
Yes. Attenborough has previously made programmes for Sky and, despite Our Planet being released through Netflix, will continue to work with the BBC as well.
Attenborough has explained his desire to work with Netflix by saying: “By putting it on Netflix it becomes possible overnight to reach 150 million people immediately. I started TV in the 1950s and TV in Britain at that time was only seen by a few million people in southern England.”
His next BBC documentary has already been announced too. Titled One Planet, Seven Worlds, the series will air in the autumn on BBC One, celebrating the “diversity of life on each of these continents” featuring “remarkable scenes of animal behaviour”.