Sir David Attenborough To Present New BBC Documentary One Planet, Seven Worlds

by : Francesca Donovan on : 01 Feb 2019 15:28
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Sir David Attenborough will be returning to his home at the BBC to present forthcoming natural history programme, One Planet, Seven Worlds.


The man, the documentary maker, the legend, will reunite with Aunty Beeb this year, the British Broadcasting Corporation gladly announced today (February 1).

Sir Dave will be bringing all the wonders of the world to those of us who prefer to witness Mother Nature from the comfort of our sofa, at our own convenience on BBC1 and iPlayer.

The new offering will use cutting-edge technology to explore how the characteristics of each continent affect the animals who inhabit the environs there.


With a focus on the environmental forces which reshape our world, the show will air under the BBC banner of ‘Protecting Our Planet’ season, alongside other programming of a similar tone.

The other programmes include Population with Chris Packham, which will examine mankind’s expansion, reports the Guardian, as well as Meat: A Threat to Planet Earth.

The BBC have also today announced The Springwatch Year of Action, which will raise awareness of threats to British wildlife – not to mention a new documentary from Louis Theroux, too.

Alison Kirkham, BBC’s controller of factual commissioning, announce the season, saying:

Plenty of other broadcasters are now following our lead, but we’re determined to keep moving the conversation forwards.

That’s what makes the BBC special: the desire to anticipate and stimulate the national conversation, not motivated by commercial imperatives or what’s in fashion.

The BBC has a unique commitment to factual programming. I don’t believe any other broadcaster in British television has such an extraordinary breadth of output in factual.

Attenborough, a national treasure and broadcasting veteran, rocked the proverbial telly-boat last year when it was announced he would front a new Netflix natural history show titled Our Planet.


It’s set to premiere on April 15, 2019.

To be fair, the trailer does look astounding:

You can bet the Beeb is pretty glad to have him back after the success of his last few forays into the natural world.

Who can forget the plight of David the Chimp, who battled persistent threats for alpha status from within his own troop, or Charm and Sienna, the lions of the Masai Mara who fought to keep their young alive.

Dynasties followed vulnerable species and humanised them to make an important point about human interventions in Mother Nature.

So, One Planet, Seven Worlds is just the latest in a string of televised warnings orchestrated by Attenborough to alert global leaders and audiences sitting at home about the ongoing human destruction of Planet Earth as we know it.

It seems David doesn’t care how he gets the message out there.

He’s determined to make a difference to the world by using his pulling power to get audiences – loyal to the BBC or not – to engage with these big concepts of rapid mass extinction.


Nonagenarian Attenborough recently urged politicians and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos to tackle climate change, warning ‘the Garden of Eden is no more’.

Hopefully, One Planet, Seven Worlds will help drive the message home, and teach us all a little bit more about the animals which need our help, too.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.


  1. Guardian

    Attenborough to front new BBC nature series One Planet, Seven Worlds