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The ‘Blue Planet II’ prequel is here, and it’s absolutely breathtaking

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By Su Fen Tan

The ‘Blue Planet II’ prequel is here, and it’s absolutely breathtaking

BBC last took us on a magical journey under the sea more than 10 years ago with The Blue Planet. Later this year, Blue Planet II—the sequel—is set to take us on another breathtaking dive into the oceans, the greatest yet most mysterious part of our planet. Expect incredible footage and revelations of newly discovered sea creatures, extraordinary animal behaviours, and otherworldly places.  


Yesterday, BBC unveiled the Blue Planet II prequel at the BFI IMAX in London. The five-minute short film is narrated by series presenter Sir David Attenborough, and features some of the most spectacular shots and highlights from the series, set to the ethereal remake of the song ‘Bloom’ by Radiohead and Hans Zimmer. 

A truly significant production, Blue Planet II saw the team visit 39 countries on every continent and across every ocean over a period of four years, mounting 125 expeditions in that time. 


“So much has happened since the original series a generation ago, with new production techniques capturing amazing new drama in nature as well as new scientific discoveries,” says Tony Hall, Director-General of BBC. “Blue Planet II‘s producers and crews have spent four years and more than 1,000 hours in the deep sea to bring audiences a sublime fusion of creativity, technology and storytelling. And there’s never been a more important time for us to bring nature’s wonders to everybody, to educate children and adults about the planet – and to safeguard it for future generations.”


No date has been set yet, but Blue Planet II will premiere on BBC Earth (HyppTV channel 501) and on the BBC Player in the near future. In the meantime, you can now watch The Blue Planet on BBC Player. 


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