British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has signed on to narrate Planet Earth 2, the sequel to the BBC-produced documentary series Planet Earth. The 89-year-old TV personality confirmed his participation in the BBC-produced doc sequel scheduled to be released at an unspecified date in 2016, marking 10 years after the original premiered as a multipart series in March 2006.
"I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so," said Attenborough, according to the Guardian.
Attenborough is considered a staple on British television: he made his broadcasting debut in 1952 as the presenter for the one-off Coleacanth, a program about the rediscovery of a type of fish that was thought to be extinct since the prehistoric age, which was followed by Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, a popular quiz show. Since then, his career has spanned several decades, characterized by appearances in nature shows and specials like Zoo Quest, The Life Game and its various spinoffs, known cumulatively as The Life Collection, and docs like The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.
"I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so," said Attenborough, according to a report by the Guardian.
When Planet Earth premiered a decade ago, the 11-episode documentary on the different habitats that characterize our home in the universe was met with major critical acclaim; as of 2007, the series has been broadcast in more than 130 countries. Like Planet Earth 2, its predecessor was also hosted by Attenborough.
Planet Earth 2 is set to air later this year.
Check out the trailer for the original Planet Earth in the video clip below.
Source: The Guardian