Planet Earth lined up for third series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 December 2016
Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

'Planet Earth' is set to get a third series following the success of the second last weekend

'Planet Earth' is already being lined up for a third installment.

The second series of the wildlife documentary has only just wrapped up and, although it was initially thought it would be the last time viewers get to witness the breath-taking scenes of nature accompanied by Sir David Attenborough's narration, bosses are now keen to persuade the 90-year-old naturalist to record another batch of episodes.

Producer Mike Gunton explained the idea of a third series in the pipeline but, even if the BBC are on board with the recommission, it could take at least a decade to make.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, Mike explained: "We'd also be crazy to say it will be here in three years or even five years' time. We love working with Sir David and I think he loves working with us, and we want that to last as long as possible. When he decides he doesn't want to do any more, we will have to rethink how we make these programmes. You can't replace him - it's pointless trying."

'Planet Earth' first hit television screens in 2006 and, following the huge success of its debut, the BBC announced earlier this year that it had commissioned a six-part sequel.

'Planet Earth II' was predicted to be a hit with viewers but producers never expected it to beat ITV's singing show 'The X Factor' in the ratings war consistently for six weeks.

And the success is hardly surprising as it was the most high-tech series ever to grace screens due to the ultra-high-speed cameras mounted on drones that gave fans an up-close glimpse of the natural world that has never been witnessed before.

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