David Attenborough

AI: TV’s next frontier

A white man sings on the America's Got Talent stage, but is shown on the big-screen behind him as Simon Cowell

Daily, we are bombarded by headlines announcing the wonders – and risks – that generative artificial intelligence is bringing to our lives. AI has been used to help identify the hostages taken by Hamas from southern Israel on 7 October. More mundanely, apparently it can also help stem the alarming rise in shoplifting. On the other hand, it could put many of us out of work, lead to rampant breaches of copy­right and, ultimately, make it nigh on impossible to tell what on our screens is fake and what is real.

Trailer released for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth III

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Beginning in 2006, Plant Earth provides stories from across the globe, focusing on the species that inhabit Earth, and the environments they live in.

The newly released trailer for Planet Earth III features Attenborough’s narration hinting at what’s to come in the eight-part series. Climate change and the human impact on the globe appears to be a theme, with Attenborough stating how the natural world is changing due to “a powerful force… us.” Other promotional material mentions the challenges that we face together, accompanied by video clips of forest fires.

Apple TV+ announces Prehistoric Planet with Sir David Attenborough

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The five-part series will be narrated by Attenborough and will use state of the art technology combined with rigorous scientific research to transport viewers back in time. 

The documentary will look back 66 million years to the ancient world and reveal the different habitats of Earth and the dinosaurs that populated them.

An original score has been composed by Hans Zimmer, and the stories will be told against the landscapes of the Cretaceous times, spanning coasts, deserts, freshwater, ice worlds and forests. 

BBC announces new David Attenborough documentary

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The landmark documentary will show minute by minute what happened to the dinosaurs when the asteroid hit Earth and led to their demise. 

There is plenty of evidence relating to when the asteroid hit the Earth at the end of Late Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, but there is no direct evidence that confirms how it killed the dinosaurs.

A new dig site of a prehistoric graveyard known as Tanis, hidden in the low hills of North Dakota, has fossilised creatures dating back to the end of the Late Cretaceous buried under a layer of rock.

Sir David Attenborough, Hans Zimmer and Dave join forces for Planet Earth: A Celebration

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Planet Earth: A Celebration takes eight of the most jaw-dropping moments from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, combining Attenborough’s melodic narration, with music from world-famous composer Hans Zimmer and rapper Dave.

The documentary takes viewers around the world, from the North of Norway, to the East Cape of South Africa, to the Indian Ocean, revealing how animals are adapting to their changing environments.

Sir David Attenborough fronts new natural history series

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The five-part series will explore the perfect conditions that planet Earth provides for life to flourish.

A Perfect Planet will explore how the forces of nature, such as weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes, drive and support the diverse range of life on every corner of the Earth.

David Attenborough said: "Oceans, sunlight, weather and volcanoes - together these powerful yet fragile forces allow life to flourish in astonishing diversity. They make Earth truly unique - a perfect planet.

New David Attenborough series heading to BBC One

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The five-part series from BBC Studios Natural History Unit has been described by executive producer Mike Gunton as “Planet Earth for plants!”

The Green Planet will offer an unseen look into the inter-connected and surprising behaviour of the plant world, where unlikely heroes and emotional stories emerge.

Attenborough will discover plants that can outlive civilisations, and others that could cover the Earth in a matter of months with their ferocious breeding patterns.