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First Look At David Attenborough And Dave's 'Planet Earth: A Celebration'

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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 First Look At David Attenborough And Dave's 'Planet Earth: A Celebration'

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It's the collab we didn't know we needed: David Attenborough, rapper Dave and world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer have teamed up for upcoming documentary special Planet Earth: A Celebration.

Now the BBC have given us a first glimpse at the project - and we're beyond excited.

Airing 8pm Monday 31st August on BBC One, the special is a visual and musical feast celebrating the natural world, designed to lift viewers' spirits during uncertain times.

You can whet your appetite by watching the dreamy preview, voiced by Sir David, below:

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Viewers will be transported around the world, from the East Cape of South Africa to the north of Norway, from Chile to the Indian Ocean.

Along the way, we'll see how some of the world's most captivating animals overcome adversity to survive and thrive in challenging environments - giving a message of hope to humanity.

Those species include Marine Iguanas in Fernandina, Galapagos, shot from a small yacht to access the uninhabited, remote island location, and endangered snow leopards filmed by a remote camera team in the Himalayas.

Meanwhile, in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, we see three species of flamingo together; The Andean, Chilean and James (the rarest flamingo species in the world).

'Planet Earth: A Celebration' airs at 8pm Monday 31st August on BBC One (Credit: BBC)
'Planet Earth: A Celebration' airs at 8pm Monday 31st August on BBC One (Credit: BBC)

And up in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, viewers are treated to sightings of Orca and Humpback whales.

Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea have worked their magic on original scores for the documentary, which are sure to tug on the heartstrings and get the adrenaline pumping.

The string section of the score, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, will be accompanied by UK rapper Dave, who will perform on the grand piano. Honestly, what more could you ask for?

Talking about the project, Mercury Prize-winner Dave said: "David Attenborough is obviously a legend, and he means a lot to me because he represents good in everything that he has done.

The documentary special will look at how animals have had to adapt to survive in harsh environments (Credit: BBC)
The documentary special will look at how animals have had to adapt to survive in harsh environments (Credit: BBC)

"He has shown what it means to care for something and have a passion, and that translates to all walks of life who can take David Attenborough's ethos towards nature and apply it to anything that you do - and that inspires me.

"Hans Zimmer is an inspiration to me. I have followed his music since I was a child, and I admire his raw talent when it comes to music."

The documentary has been produced in socially distanced environments, using technology to collaborate from thousands of miles apart.

Dave said: "Our industry is facing a lot of challenges, but if we can learn to adapt and change how we perform, we can find new and different ways to work and perform..."

Viewers will be transported around the world, from the hottest deserts to snowscapes (Credit: BBC)
Viewers will be transported around the world, from the hottest deserts to snowscapes (Credit: BBC)

"I think we can look to the past to see how animals have always had to adapt, to take a leaf out of their book," he added.

Asked about what made him want to get involved in the project, composer Hans Zimmer said: "I come from a family that taught me at a very early age the respect for nature and respect for the ecology we live in.

"Sir David Attenborough has been making it his life's mission to show us that the world that we share with all these other creatures, we are only a small part of.

"I think, more than ever, in this time of the coronavirus, it's vital that we realize how much we are all just part of, to quote The Lion King, the circle of life."

Planet Earth: A Celebration airs 8pm Monday 31st August on BBC One.

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, TV News, david attenborough, TV Entertainment, Wildlife, Animals, Nature

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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