The BBC has confirmed that Sir David Attenborough will present the third instalment of Planet Earth.
First airing in 2006, the series has gone on to become the global gold standard in natural history filmmaking, winning multiple RTS Awards for its epic and intimate exploration of nature's splendour. Having presented every episode to date, Attenborough's voice has become inextricably linked.
"Planet Earth wouldn’t be Planet Earth without David," says Executive Producer Mike Gunton, "so I’m delighted he is presenting the third series.
"As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen."
Attenborough has already begun filming his segments, including a symbolic introduction.
Gunton recalls: "The opening of the series with David was filmed in the beautiful British countryside in exactly the location where Charles Darwin used to walk whilst thinking-over his Earth-shaking ideas about evolution.
"It seemed the perfect place for David to introduce Planet Earth III and remind us of both the wonders and the fragility of our planet. ….and for him, of course, the sun shined under blue skies one of the only days it did all summer!"
The news follows reports that Attenborough's previous BBC series Wild Isles, which aired in March 2023, would be the 97-year-old presenter's last on-location shoot.
The third series of Planet Earth will consist of eight hour-long episodes and will air later in 2023 on BBC One.