Journal of the History of Biology

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 505–507 | Cite as

Planet Earth II: BBC (November 2016–January 2017) Television

  • Joshua McGuffieEmail author
Biology in Culture

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the BBC’s 2006 Planet Earth and its 2016 follow up Planet Earth II are volumes of nature’s Oxford English Dictionary. Veteran filmmakers from the BBC Natural History Unit conceived both series. Alistair Fothergill, who lead the unit in the 1990s, produced Planet Earth’s 11 episodes while a team produced Planet Earth II’s six episodes. David Attenborough, iconic for his decades of work in nature programming, narrated them. The two series fit in the Natural History Unit’s larger program, standing alongside the popular Blue Planet and Frozen Planet series.

Planet Earth moves across the globe biome by biome, offering a classic natural history. After a synoptic introductory episode, “Pole to Pole,” the series dedicates an episode to mountains, fresh water environments, caves, deserts, icy terrains, the planet’s great plains, jungles, shallow seas, forests, and finally the deepest oceans. Planet Earth IIzeroes in on the most popular moments from...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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