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Blue Planet 2 announced (David Attenborough, BBC, 2017)

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GCX

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BBC said:
Sir David Attenborough will present the sequel to 2001's The Blue Planet, the BBC has announced.

The seven-part series, to be shown later this year, will aim to highlight recent scientific discoveries.

"I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known," Sir David said.

The BBC's Natural History Unit spent four years filming off every continent and in every ocean for Blue Planet II, with support from marine scientists.

James Honeyborne, the series' executive producer, said: "The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.

"Blue Planet II is taking its cue from these breakthroughs, unveiling unbelievable new places, extraordinary new behaviours and remarkable new creatures. Showing a contemporary portrait of marine life, it will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world's oceans."

Among the recent discoveries caught on camera are a tuskfish that uses tools and a new species of crab with a hairy chest - nicknamed the "Hoff crab" after Baywatch star David Hasselhoff.

The Natural History Unit's new filming techniques include "tow cams" that can capture predatory fish and dolphins head-on, suction cams which attach to the back of whale sharks and orcas for a creature's-eye view, and a probe camera that can record miniature marine life.

The BBC said the crew caught unusual examples of marine behaviour on camera, such as a coral grouper and reef octopus with sophisticated hunting techniques, a giant trevally fish that catches birds in flight, and a dive with a sperm whale mother and her calf.

It said the series would also explore new landscapes from methane volcanoes erupting in the Gulf of Mexico to the Antarctic deep at 1,000m, filmed using manned submersibles.


The Blue Planet was watched by more than 12 million people in 2001 and won Baftas and Emmy awards for both cinematography and music. The sequel will be broadcast on BBC One later this year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39022239

Facebook teaser: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/videos/1396064743747273/

 

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Still need to catch up on Planet Earth II (only seen the first 3 episodes).

But this is definitely great news!
Hope we get a lot of new stuff about the "deep ocean".
Always love seeing these organisms that look like aliens.
 

MattKeil

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Nice. I wish they'd shot the original at a better res so it transitioned to the Blu-ray era better, but it's still my favorite of the BBC World big budget nature docs.

I wonder which inferior celeb voiceover American viewers will be stuck with?
 

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Awesome.
It always sucked a bit that the first series can't compete with the visual quality and presentation of any BBC flagship series coming after it.
This basically fixes that.
4K HDR Plz
 

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Can't wait. I enjoyed the first blue planet more than planet earth.

I also need to catch up on planet earth 2. Is that up for stream anywhere yet
 

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Awesome.
It always sucked a bit that the first series can't compete with the visual quality and presentation of any BBC flagship series coming after it.
This basically fixes that.
4K HDR Plz
Doesn't help that these have to be underwater under high pressure cameras and the camera operators have to be trained scuba divers, while controlling these giant cameras and floating at the mercy of the currents..


The BBC said the crew caught unusual examples of marine behaviour on camera, such as a coral grouper and reef octopus with sophisticated hunting techniques, a giant trevally fish that catches birds in flight, and a dive with a sperm whale mother and her calf.
Like what?
 
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Always excited to get more David Attenborough & BBC documentaries. I think Planet Earth II is already my top 3 TV shows of all time and my favorite nature documentary. Have seen it through three times so far and now waiting for the 4K bluray release. Some of the most amazing shots I've ever seen and just hearing the beautiful main theme is enough to get me teary-eyed.
 

Tizoc

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Awesome
Planet earth 2 was brilliant and fun to watch with family looking forward to this
 

JoeNut

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Fucking hype!! Love anything to do with the ocean and blue planet was so fantastically made
 

Polioliolio

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Blue Planet!

The ocean is my favorite.. But they should just call it 'Trash Planet'. The sea is saturated in plastic and pollution. Probably killed off half the living diversity.
 

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I was disappointed that PE2 didn't have a deep sea episode so this more than makes up for it. Can't wait.
 

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Yes! This will be worth it just for the inevitable 'Deep Sea' episode alone. Can't wait.
 

Tizoc

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Sorry for the bump but I've been anxious to watch this series for the longest time (as many of you have).
Has anyone heard about a release date for the series? Does it begin in September or October?
 

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Yes! This will be worth it just for the inevitable 'Deep Sea' episode alone. Can't wait.

Exactly. BBC deep ocean footage is absolutely mesmerizing.


I thought Planet Earth II was a but underwhelming compared to the first, but I still have high hopes for Blue Planet II.
 

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I watched PE 1 and 2 and loved those and I supposed I need to watch these if they are anywhere near as good as PE
 
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