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Planet Earth III and Frozen Planet II confirmed by BBC

Story by Jack Foley

A THIRD series of Planet Earth III is heading our way – but not until 2022.

In what the BBC is calling ‘the most ambitious natural history landmark it has ever undertaken’, the new series will combine the awe and wonder of the original Planet Earth, the new science and discoveries of Blue Planet II and the immersive character-led storytelling of Dynasties.

The announcement of Planet Earth III comes as part of a package unveiled by the BBC that will take the BBC’s natural history offer into the next decade.

There will be two more new series in the globally renowned Planet strand, which are designed to help audiences everywhere to better understand the greatest issues affecting our planet and our relationship with the natural world. They also demonstrate the BBC’s unique commitment to natural history programming of the highest quality.

Hence, prior to Planet Earth III (the final instalment of the three series), Frozen Planet II will take audiences back to the wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctica 10 years on from the original series. This will tell the complete story of the entire frozen quarter of our planet that’s locked in ice and blanketed in snow. It will broadcast in 2021.

And first up, Perfect Planet will be a unique fusion of blue chip natural history and earth sciences explaining how the living planet operates.

This five part series will show how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life. It will broadcast in 2020.

These three series will be in addition to the previously announced One Planet: Seven Worlds (transmitting 2019) and Green Planet (transmitting 2021).

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, commented: “The BBC is world famous for its natural history programming and these new series will raise the bar even higher. We know that audiences want shows that bring them the richest narratives, the best camerawork and the highest quality production values and they look to us to deliver this.

“Viewers around the globe have been captivated by the incredible stories that the Planets series have told and now new technology allow us to explore even more of the natural world than ever before.

“We’re also announcing three new series that will look in depth at specific aspects of the natural world, giving revealing and sometimes surprising insights to animals and the habitats they live in. It’s our biggest ever commitment to natural history and one we are proud of.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, added: “Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and, most recently, Dynasties reinvented landmark natural history at BBC – delivering record-breaking global audiences and receiving awards around the world.

“These new titles reveal the scale of our ambitions in natural history – with a rich and innovative pipeline of titles up to 2022: the biggest commitment we have ever made in the genre.”

In addition, the BBC is also announcing three further natural history commissions that demonstrate the range and breadth of the BBC’s Natural History commissioning.

The Mating Game for BBC Two will show the greatest challenge of all – finding a mate; whilst Primates for BBC One is an in-depth look at the most charismatic family in the animal kingdom, the one to which we all belong.

And Earth’s Paradise Islands, for BBC Two, will take viewers to mysterious and exotic islands of Madagascar, Borneo and Hawaii.