The BBC reportedly want to make ‘Planet Earth 3’ before David Attenborough turns 100

The finale for Planet Earth 2 aired this week

The BBC are reportedly planning to make Planet Earth 3 before David Attenborough turns 100. He is currently 90 years old.

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.

Planet Earth 2 was recently screened by the BBC, showcasing six original episodes. The series, which has proved more popular with younger viewers than The X Factor, took roughly four years to produce and arrived a decade after the original Planet Earth.

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“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 as Planet Earth 2 was announced.

The BBC would be “crazy” to rule out making another series, BBC producer Mike Gunton told the Star, but they would “also be crazy to say it will be here in three years or even five years’ time.

“We love working with Sir David and I think he loves working with us, and we want that to last as long as possible,” he said.

“When he decides he doesn’t want to do any more, we will have to rethink how we make these programmes,” Gunton continued. “You can’t replace him – it’s pointless trying.”

Meanwhile, Sigur Rós recorded a new version of ‘Hoppípolla’ specially for Planet Earth 2. The original version of the song appeared on their 2005 album ‘Takk’ and was also featured on the soundtrack for the trailer of Planet Earth series one in 2006.

Speaking in a statement issued via the BBC, the band said; “In Iceland we are blessed with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wild and untamed places. But even here, in the very furthest flung corners of Europe’s largest wilderness, the scars of human industry are visible, the plans for future encroachments, by dam and smelter, legion.”