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Our Planet
Our Planet (Netflix) - Series Cover Artwork.jpg
Opening sequence for Our Planet
Genre Nature documentary
Narrated by
Composer(s) Steven Price
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Alastair Fothergill
  • Keith Scholey
  • Colin Butfield
Running time 48–53 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format UHDTV 2160p
Audio format
Original release 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)

Our Planet is a British nature documentary series made for Netflix. The series is narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who also created BBC documentary series Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Blue Planet, in collaboration with the conservation charity World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The series addresses issues of conservation while featuring these desperate animals in their respective home regions, and has been noted for its greater focus on humans' impact on the environment than traditional nature documentaries, centering around how climate change impacts all living creatures. It is the first nature documentary Netflix has ever made. All episodes were released on 5 April 2019. A behind-the-scenes documentary was released onto Netflix on 2 August 2019. Netflix reported that 25 million households were expected to watch the series during its first month of release.

Production

On 15 April 2015, it was announced that the team behind the BBC nature series Planet Earth would produce an eight-part nature docu-series for Netflix that would be released in 2019. It was four years in the making and was filmed in 50 countries, and over 600 crew members took part in the production. The series focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, including the Arctic wilderness, the deep sea, the vast landscapes of Africa and the diverse jungles of South America.

In November 2018, David Attenborough was announced as the narrator, with the release date of 5 April 2019 also announced.

Promotion

The series premiere was held on 4 April 2019, at the Natural History Museum in London. Guests at the premiere included Prince Charles and his two sons Prince William and Prince Harry, Charlie Brooker, David Beckham and his son Brooklyn Beckham, Ellie Goulding and the series narrator David Attenborough, who attended the event to underline their support for action against climate change.

In his speech, Prince Charles said he hoped “Our Planet” would educate hundreds of millions of people around the world about what action was required, while David Attenborough called on the world to "be responsible careful citizens of this planet which is our only home, and for the creatures that live in it."

The first teaser trailer for "Our Planet" was released on 8 November 2018. Three months later, on 4 February 2019, the second teaser trailer was released. On 19 March 2019, the official trailer for the documentary was released.

Episodes

"[This] series will explore the Earth's most important habitats, and celebrate the life they still support. We will reveal what must be preserved if we are to ensure a future where humans and nature can thrive."

—David Attenborough, "One Planet"

No. Title Produced by Original release date
1 "One Planet" Adam Chapman 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Witness the planet's breathtaking diversity -- from seabirds carpet-bombing the ocean to wildebeasts eluding the wild dogs of the Serengeti.
2 "Frozen Worlds" Sophie Lanfear 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
On the unforgiving frontier of global warming, polar bears, walruses, seals and penguins find their icy Edens in peril.
3 "Jungles" Huw Cordey 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Jungles and rainforests are home to an incredible variety of species like preening birds, intelligent orangutans, and remarkably ambitious ants.
4 "Coastal Seas" Hugh Pearson 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
From fearsome sharks to lowly urchins, 90 percent of marine creatures live in coastal waters. Protecting these habitats is a battle humanity must win.
5 "From Deserts to Grasslands" Adam Chapman 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Cameras follow desert elephants seeking sustenance, bison roaming North American grasslands and caterpillars living the good life underground.
6 "The High Seas" Hugh Pearson 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Venture into the deep, dark and desolate ocean that are home to an abundance of beautiful - and downright strange - creatures.
7 "Fresh Water" Mandi Stark 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
The need for fresh water is as strong as ever. However, the supply is becoming increasingly unpredictable for all manner of species.
8 "Forests" Jeff Wilson 5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
Examine the fragile interdependence that exists between forests' wide variety of residents, including bald eagles, hunting dogs and Siberian tigers.

A 1 hour long bonus episode "Our Planet - Behind The Scenes" about the project is accessible under Additional Videos on Netflix.

Soundtrack

Our Planet
Soundtrack album by
Steven Price
Released 5 April 2019 (Digital)
Genre Soundtrack, Classical music
Length 2:26:00
Label Decca Records, Universal Music
Producer Netflix

The soundtrack was released with a compilation of the incidental music specially commissioned for Our Planet. The theme song "In This Together", which is a collaboration with English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, is also included.

No. Title Episode Title Length
1. "This Is Our Planet"   "One Planet" 3:43
2. "The Numbers Build"   "High Seas" 5:04
3. "They Work as a Team"   "Frozen Worlds" 3:41
4. "The Importance of This River"   "Freshwater" 2:40
5. "An Ingenious Technique"   "Coastal Seas" 2:49
6. "The Ocean Returns the Favour"   "Deserts and Grasslands" 2:20
7. "Baby Blue"   "High Seas" 4:51
8. "Regeneration"   "Forests" 1:51
9. "An Unknown Signal"   "One Planet" 5:08
10. "Too Big to Argue With"   "Jungles" 5:35
11. "Frozen Worlds"   "Frozen Worlds" 3:26
12. "Mayflies"   "Freshwater" 3:08
13. "Great Rolling Waves"   "Coastal Seas" 6:36
14. "Crucial to Their Survival"   "Jungles" 7:25
15. "Every Year There Are Others"   "Forests" 2:48
16. "Where Life Gathers"   "One Planet" 3:20
17. "The Perfect Gift"   "Frozen Worlds" 2:53
18. "The Oceans Belong to Us All"   "High Seas" 6:19
19. "Deserts and Grasslands"   "Deserts and Grasslands" 2:56
20. "The Mighty Mekong"   "Freshwater" 2:01
21. "Corals"   "Coastal Seas" 2:17
22. "Leaf Cutters"   "Jungles" 1:18
23. "Chernobyl"   "Forests" 7:03
24. "Into the Woodlands"   "One Planet" 4:35
25. "Signature Moves"   "One Planet" 2:35
26. "Every Other Breath You Take"   "High Seas" 4:21
27. "Arctic Refugees"   "Frozen Worlds" 6:38
28. "A Sudden Turn"   "High Seas" 2:11
29. "A Nest of Bubbles"   "Freshwater" 1:56
30. "He Wins Her Approval"   "Jungles" 1:42
31. "Majestic Submarine Forests"   "Coastal Seas" 2:28
32. "They Came Back"   "Deserts and Grasslands" 2:33
33. "We Must Preserve What's Left"   "Jungles" 2:28
34. "Ice Caves"   "Freshwater" 2:26
35. "Mythical Creatures Follow"   "Frozen Worlds" 3:31
36. "They Have Come to a Desert"   "Deserts and Grasslands" 1:41
37. "This Glacial Ice"   "One Planet" 7:42
38. "A Greater Resilience"   "Coastal Seas" 4:02
39. "The Next Twenty Years"   "One Planet" 1:41
40. "In This Together"   With Ellie Goulding 4:43
Total length:
120:26

Broadcast

Starting from 20 June 2020, the series was aired on Indonesian television network TVRI as a part of Belajar dari Rumah (Study from Home) programming block, made possible by a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Culture and Netflix. The broadcast marked the first Netflix original documentary series ever aired on conventional television, alongside a collection of Netflix documentaries included in the partnership.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix has made the series available for free streaming on YouTube as an educational resource.

Our Planet Live in Concert

Our Planet will become a live experience and tour international arenas in 2020 and 2021. Our Planet Live in Concert will be presented in a form of a multimedia spectacle, combining highlights from the series with brand new arrangements for the live production, and new on-screen narration by David Attenborough. The eight-part series will be reimagined into a two-hour arena show, including three giant 4K screens, a 66-piece orchestra, and live vocalist Lisa Hannigan. The live production is developed by the series producers Silverback Films, and the Oscar-winning composer of the series, Steven Price.

Our Planet Live will start touring in October 2020 with its World Premiere in London, and will have Steven Price host the live events. Here are the first few dates:

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