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David Attenborough Waited 50 Years To Film Rare Monkeys In New Docuseries

David Attenborough Waited 50 Years To Film Rare Monkeys In New Docuseries

With the imminent launch of BBC's new docuseries, Seven Worlds, One Planet, David Attenborough has revealed the camera team has secured footage of a rare monkey he's waited 50 years to see.

At a recent screening of the series, he mentioned that the greatest treat for viewers in the program will be the golden-haired blue-faced snub-nosed snow monkey.

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He was hoping to catch sight of the creature in China back in the sixties, but it has taken until this decade for him to clap eyes on the rare breed.

According to The Guardian, 93-year-old David said at the screening: "There's a wonderful creature called the golden-haired blue-faced snub-nosed snow monkey."

"I'd never seen film of it before.

"I once read a scientific paper and thought: we must go and film that!

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"But that was back in the sixties and we couldn't get to China so in the end I dropped it ... and then, blow me, this lot [BBC] pop up and say 'we've got it'."

These Golden snub-nosed monkeys were filmed for the series in China. (Credit: BBC NHU/Nick Green)
These Golden snub-nosed monkeys were filmed for the series in China. (Credit: BBC NHU/Nick Green)

If Dave's excited, we're excited.

The new series, narrated once again by the national treasure, is set to look at seven continents each with its unique climate and terrain, following different species and how they've adapted to the environments, as well as problems faced by climate change.

The BBC said of the series: "Seven Worlds, One Planet will feature remarkable unseen animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica."

The Weddell seal was filmed for episode one in Antarctica. (Credit: BBC NHU/Espen Rekdal)
The Weddell seal was filmed for episode one in Antarctica. (Credit: BBC NHU/Espen Rekdal)

"Asia, the biggest of all continents, will showcase life at the extremes, whilst Europe will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.

"By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, Seven Worlds, One Planet will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique."

The series took four years to make, so you can only imagine the incredible footage that's been secured - including some from inside a volcano thanks to a drone.

Yes that's right, inside an actual volcano.

David was excited most about the footage of the nub nosed monkeys, telling the audience about them at the screening of the show. (Credit: PA)
David was excited most about the footage of the nub nosed monkeys, telling the audience about them at the screening of the show. (Credit: PA)

Sir David wants the show to further encourage people to acknowledge that we have just one planet that we need to care for, because all our lives depend on it.

He said to the Daily Mirror: "Each of these ­continents has a different ­geological issue.

"They have ­different ways on how life has ­arrived there and how they survive in isolation.

"Every one of our shows has one or two sequences that take my breath away and have never been seen before."

Episode two will feature Guanaco who have been snapped here in the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. (Credit: BBC NHU/Chadden Hunter)
Episode two will feature Guanaco who have been snapped here in the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. (Credit: BBC NHU/Chadden Hunter)

He continued: "I would like the audience to appreciate how beautiful these things are. But also how they ­integrate with others and how we are dependent on them.

"Each continent has its own systems. Our influence is ­everywhere and we've made a tragic, desperate mess of it so far.

"But at last ­nations are coming ­together and recognising we all live on the same planet.

"All these ­seven worlds are one and we are ­dependent on it for every bit of food we eat and every breath we take."

A young gentoo penguin in Antarctica will be shown in episode one. (Credit: BBC NHU)
A young gentoo penguin in Antarctica will be shown in episode one. (Credit: BBC NHU)

And the trailer for the show has left us buzzing, boasting footage of fish leaping from the water, zebras escaping the jaws of leopards and polar bears swimming through the sea, all playing along to a slow powerful cover of Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams'.

There are set to be seven 50 minute episodes in the docuseries, and one more episode afterwards 'the making of' - giving us eight sweet weeks of David in total, starting off with a look at Antarctica.

We haven't got to wait long either, because it airs this Sunday (27th October) at 6.15pm on BBC One.

*Instantly clears diary*.

Featured Image Credit: BBC NHU/Alex Board

Topics: TV and Film, david attenborough, TV

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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