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The Green Planet: What is the Sir David Attenborough series about?

Sir David stresses how the world has become more ‘plant conscious’ (Picture: BBC/Sam Barker)

A brand new BBC series called The Green Planet led by Sir David Attenborough launches tonight, introducing viewers to a behind-the-scenes look at greenery across the globe.

For decades, Sir David has taught audiences about everything from sea life to the polar regions of the world and all sorts of animals in the wild, fuelling an increased interest in nature while warning about the perils of climate change and pollution.

While speaking about his new programme The Green Planet, the natural historian explained that the world has ‘suddenly become plant conscious’, saying that there has been a ‘revolution worldwide in attitudes towards the natural world in my lifetime’.

‘The world is green, it’s an apt name [for the series]… and yet people’s understanding about plants, except in a very kind of narrow way, has not kept up with that. I think this will bring it home,’ he said.

So what are the five upcoming episodes of The Green Planet about?

What is The Green Planet about?

The focus of The Green Planet – as is indicated by the title – is plants, with the programme promising the explore the ‘dramatic, beautiful plant life of Earth’.

Sir David was stabbed by a cactus during filming (Picture: BBC)

Innovative filmmaking techniques were used to create the immersive show, with Sir David travelling to locations including Costa Rica, Croatia, northern Europe and the US to carry out his

‘Plants live secret, unseen lives. But they are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as animals – locked in life-and-death struggles for food and light, taking part in fierce battles for territory, and desperately trying to reproduce and scatter their young,’ the synopsis states.

High-tech gear including robots systems, thermal cameras and macro frame-stacking were used to take an extremely close look at the plants documented in the show, showing them in real time and through time-lapse.

Plants were depicted in all sorts of environments to correspond with Sir David’s travels, including deserts, under the water and in tropical forests.

The series also shone a light on how plants interact with other beings in their environments, including other plants, animals and humans.

‘They count, they hunt, they deceive, they communicate, they protect their relatives and they manipulate animals for their own ends. Contrary to how it may appear, when plants and animals interact the plant is usually in charge,’ the BBC said in the summary of the programme.

The first episode is called Tropical Worlds, revealing what goes on in tropical rainforests when all sorts of plants are ‘crammed together’ and forced to compete on a ‘plant battleground.

The Green Planet begins tonight at 7pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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