×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Netflix’s Wildlife Series ‘Our Planet’ to Launch Next April; David Attenborough Narrates

Renowned British naturalist David Attenborough is lending his voice to “Our Planet,” Netflix’s big-budget wildlife series. Attenborough, 92, who has narrated numerous natural-history shows for the BBC, will be the voice of the eight-part “Our Planet,” which launches on the streaming giant on April 5, 2019.

The blue-chip series has been four years in the making. Filmed in 50 countries, it will focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, including the Arctic wilderness, the deep sea, the vast landscapes of Africa and the diverse jungles of South America.

“’Our Planet’ will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” Attenborough said. “Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home, but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.”

The series is being produced by Silverback, the production company run by natural-history production veteran Alastair Fothergill, who created the BBC’s “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet” series, which Attenborough fronted. The World Wildlife Fund also collaborated in “Our Planet”; Colin Butfield, its U.K. chief, is an executive producer.

“‘Our Planet’ is our most ambitious endeavor to date,” Fothergill said. “We hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before.”

He added that “by launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have.”

Lisa Nishimura, vice president of Netflix Original Documentaries, said: “We are delighted that Sir David Attenborough will voice the series and that Netflix, as a global platform, is able to bring this vital and magical series to an audience of over 190 countries worldwide next year.”

Attenborough attended a World Wildlife Fund event in London on Thursday evening. “‘Our Planet’ brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists,” he said, “and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide.”

More TV

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    COLA Announces California On-Location Awards Winners

    “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Dolemite is My Name,” and HBO’s “Ballers” are among the winners of this year’s COLA awards. The COLAs recognize location managers, public employees and other professionals who help facilitate on-location production across the Golden State. This year’s awards program was held at the Universal Hilton. Finalists and winners are [...]

  • Christmas Town Hallmark

    Hallmark Reverses Decision to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Commercial

    The owner of TV’s Hallmark Channel on Sunday reversed a decision to ban a commercial depicting a same-sex wedding, suggesting that it was not in keeping with the company’s well-known slogan, “When you care enough to send the very best.” Earlier this week, Hallmark Channel decided to reject an ad from online-weddings firm Zola which [...]

  • Chuy Bravo seen at Focus Features

    Chuy Bravo, 'Chelsea Lately' Sidekick, Dies at 63

    Chuy Bravo, Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her E! talk show “Chelsea Lately,” has died in Mexico City. He was 63. According to reports, the Mexican American actor died suddenly after being hospitalized with stomach pains while visiting family in Mexico. Handler posted a tribute to Bravo on Instagram shortly after reports of his death began [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Scarlett Johansson"

    'Saturday Night Live' Parodies 'A Marriage Story' with Kellyanne Conway (Watch)

    Scarlett Johansson may be nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in “A Marriage Story,” but when she hosted the Dec. 14 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” she slid into a less flashy role for that sketch comedy’s parody of the new dramatic film. Johansson took on the role of therapist to Kate McKinnon’s [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Scarlett Johansson"

    'Saturday Night Live': Kate McKinnon's Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to 'Grow Up' (Watch)

    With the December holidays upon us, “Saturday Night Live” took a brief detour from its usual parodies of political press conferences and the impeachment hearings to instead begin its Dec. 14 episode with a sketch about average families discussing the state of the world over dinner — with a special message from Greta Thunberg (as [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content