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Netflix's 'David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet' Is Coming

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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Netflix's 'David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet' Is Coming

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He's back.

Certified national treasure David Attenborough is set to return to our screens in a new nature documentary, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.

Attenborough has arguably seen more of our world than any other human. It's fitting, then, that this film is described as his "witness statement for the natural world".

In his 93 years, the people's favourite broadcaster has visited every continent.

The celebrated naturalist first appeared on our screens in Zoo Quest way back in 1954.

Since then, we've watched him lead climate debates, summit mountains, track shrinking glaciers and say 'boo' to sloths.

In his 93 years, the people's favourite broadcaster has visited every continent on the planet (Credit: Altitude Film Entertainment / Netflix)
In his 93 years, the people's favourite broadcaster has visited every continent on the planet (Credit: Altitude Film Entertainment / Netflix)

Having dedicated his life to documenting the natural world, Attenborough has explored many of the wildest, most far-flung places on our planet.

In a world first, A Life On Our Planet will see Attenborough look back on his life's work, reflecting on the defining moments of his career and the devastating changes to our eco-system that he's witnessed.

The presenter will also use the knowledge he's accumulated to look to the future and address some of the biggest challenges facing life on earth.

Described as "honest, revealing and urgent", the film reportedly gives "a powerful, first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations".

The naturalist describes the new film as his
The naturalist describes the new film as his

The trailer is a dazzling compilation of clips from the Attenborough archive, moving from black and white footage of some of his earliest documentaries to the present day.

"I am David Attenborough," narrates the presenter. "I've had the most extraordinary life.

"It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.

"This film is my witness statement and my vision for the future.

"We need to learn how to work with nature rather than against it - and I'm going to tell you how."

The movie was originally due to receive its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April but was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic (Credit: Altitude Film Entertainment / Netflix)
The movie was originally due to receive its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April but was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic (Credit: Altitude Film Entertainment / Netflix)

The movie was originally due to receive its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 16th April, accompanied by a live Q&A with the great man himself, ahead of a wider release in cinemas.

But the movie was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, causing delays.

The film will be available to watch in cinemas and via Netflix later this year - a revised air date is yet to be confirmed.

With the COVID-19 crisis giving humans the world over a heightened sense of what really matters in life, the timing of the documentary's digital premiere feels extra pertinent.

We can't wait for what promises to be a fascinating and poignant watch.

'David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet' has been produced by Silverback Films and WWF. The film will be available to watch in cinemas and globally via Netflix later this year. For more information and to register for updates, visit www.attenborough.film #AttenboroughFilm.

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, david attenborough, TV Entertainment, Netflix

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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