We’ve already discussed how this television season may be among the strongest in recent years, bringing all kinds of exciting new shows to viewers’ eye sockets. For several years, we’ve been experiencing a kind of golden age of quality programming on TV, as cable networks and streaming services continue to push the format into creative directions that tell stories from a vastly different perspective than what’s heading to movie theaters.
In particular, documentary series have managed to break into the mainstream far more than ever before. Series like Making a Murderer and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey have challenged the boundaries of what documentary television can accomplish.
However, even with the growing number of critically acclaimed documentary series that have made their way into the world in recent years, few efforts can compare with the scope of the BBC Natural History Unit’s beloved nature production, Planet Earth. Over the course of 11 episodes, the show brilliantly documented many of the awesome forces of nature, with each installment covering a different habitat across the world. Planet Earth was the most expensive nature documentary series made by the BBC up to that point and also the first one to be shot in high definition. So the world was understandably excited with the recent announcement that Planet Earth II was in the works. Here’s everything that we know about the new show so far.
It marks the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed original
While the original Planet Earth might still be regarded as one of the best examples of nature documentary filmmaking, the show is actually already a full decade away from its 2006 debut. Though it’s unlikely that the sequel will hit the airwaves by year’s end, the announcement of a follow-up is an appropriate way to mark the milestone for the original show that started it all. At this rate, perhaps news of Planet Earth III will arrive by 2026.