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A David Attenborough Documentary On Extinction Is Coming To The BBC

Naomi Chadderton

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A David Attenborough Documentary On Extinction Is Coming To The BBC

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With the world seemingly falling apart at our fingertips, it's rare to find a subject we all agree on. There is, however, one topic on which no-one can disagree - our unfaltering love of Sir David Attenborough.

That's why the news that the 93-year-old natural historian will be returning to our screen in the near future with a brand-new documentary on extinction is music to our ears.

You're excited already, aren't you?

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Through his documentaries, Sir David has already highlighted the plight of plastic pollution, climate change and so much more, and in his new one-hour long BBC One documentary, Extinction: The Facts, the Blue Planet, the star will delve even deeper into the rapid decline in the population of endangered species.

The national treasure will speak with leading scientists who are currently exploring why species are disappearing at such an alarming rate, such as the biggest mammal on earth - the blue whale - which cannot survive without plentiful supplies of krill, one of the smallest animals in the ocean.

The series will also explore what this means for the human population, exploring how our food supplies could be threatened if the decline of pollinating insects continues.

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

The issue of animals in threat of extinction is getting more serious every day, and the WWF reported just last year that the mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian populations have already shrunk by 60 per cent in 40 years, which are absolutely shocking figures.

We reported earlier this week that giraffes are facing a 'silent extinction' and in 2018 scientists revealed that three bird species had vanished for good. There's also another UN report that shows nearly a third of corals and more than a third of marine animals are currently threatened with extinction level two.

In other words, we humans should be ashamed of ourselves.

"Even today a record number of wildfires are burning in the Amazon and a million species are threatened with extinction. We know our audience has a hunger to understand how these urgent environmental issues affect them, but more than that, what they themselves can do in their homes," says Alison Kirkham, BBC Controller Factual Commissioning.

"We've proven with Big Blue Live, Climate Change the Facts, Drowning in Plastic that we can bring big broad audiences to complicated environmental subjects. There is television that matters. And I'm thrilled Sir David Attenborough continues to work with us to make it."

There's no news yet on when the documentary is set to air but we're super excited about this one, and not just because we get to hear those dulcet tones on our screens once more.

Topics: TV News, david attenborough, TV Entertainment

Naomi Chadderton
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