Sunday 22 September 2019

Planet Earth III is being planned by BBC before David Attenborough turns 100

Sir David Attenborough narrates the ratings hit Planet Earth II
Sir David Attenborough narrates the ratings hit Planet Earth II
David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The 'Medusa' snakes. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

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The BBC are reportedly keen to enlist David Attenborough to present a third series of Planet Earth before he turns 100.

Despite the national treasure still having 10 years before he reaches the landmark birthday, the second series of the nature programme took a decade to produce.

The massive success of the most recent season of the show prompted BBC bosses to start talking about a third series, and Britain's Daily Star newspaper reports executives are keen to get started on production as soon as possible.

Producer Mike Gunton told the publication that it is going to take some time to put together a third series, but he is hopeful it will happen.

The brave little stars of the first episode. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The brave little stars of the first episode. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
Wild horses, or mustang, in Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
Sunday night's Planet Earth captured the first ever recorded sighting of snow leopards mating in the wild.
Wild horses battle for the watering hole and their pick of females. Pic: Planet Earth 2
The 'Medusa' snakes. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The chase is on. Planet Earth 2
A young Nubian Ibex prepares to head down a steep cliff in search of water. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The waterhole: planet Earth II Credit: BBC
A glass frog fights off a wasp to protect his tadpoles. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
A sand grouse chick: Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
A billion locusts: Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
Horror hawks: Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
Horror hawks: Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
The desert chase on Planet Earth II Credit: BBC
A lioness and a giraffe go head-to-head. Pic: Planet Earth 2
A leopard is caught on camera in the city streets of Mumbai. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The Hawksbill baby turtles in Planet Earth II. Pic: BBC
Stolen hearts. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
Murmuration of starlings over Rome. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
Raccoons are learning how to adapt to city life. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
Spotted hyenas prowl the streets of Harar. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
Cheeky langur. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

"We'd also be crazy to say it will be here in three years or even five years' time," he said. "We love working with Sir David and I think he loves working with us, and we want that to last as long as possible."

Gunton also said the programme would likely come to a natural end if Attenborough ever decided to step down as host. The television legend has become synonymous with the show, with Gunton admitting they would fail to find a replacement that could fill his shoes.

The 'Medusa' snakes. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
The 'Medusa' snakes. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

"When he decides he doesn't want to do any more, we will have to rethink how we make these programmes," he said. "You can't replace him - it's pointless trying."

The second series of Planet Earth came to an end on Monday night, with Attenborough making an emotional plea for people to do more to save nature and look after our world in his sign-off.

The chase is on. Planet Earth 2
The chase is on. Planet Earth 2

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Speaking to the camera as he stood atop a London skyscraper, Attenborough said: "Looking down on this great metropolis, the ingenuity with which we continue to reshape the surface of our planet is very striking. And it's also sobering. It reminds me of just how easy it is for us to lose our connection with the natural world. Yet it's on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend.

David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II
David Attenborough's closing message was a powerful one. Pic: BBC Planet Earth II

"It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth."

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