The sad reality is Sir David Attenborough ain’t getting any younger. But until that tragic day when the headlines are plastered with his name and age, the objective is to make as much wholesome content featuring the revered biologist/natural historian as humanly possible. Hence why BBC has just announced yet another nature-based documentary series hosted by the old fella tentatively dubbed Wild Isles.
According to Variety, this forthcoming five-part affair will introduce viewers to fauna and flora across Britain and Ireland, focusing on four main areas: woodlands, grasslands, freshwater, and marine. Britain’s ancient oak trees, sea eagles, killer whales, wild horses, and even a broomstick-riding bee are apparently among the “highlights.”
“In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet,” said Sir David Attenborough.
“I can assure you that in the British Isles, as well as astonishing scenery there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels.”
Wild Isles has been filmed over the course of three years in stunning 4K resolution with cutting-edge technology including motion-controlled time-lapse photography, low-light cameras, as well as macro photography.
The docuseries has been co-produced by Silverback Films, The Open University, as well as The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the World Wildlife Fund.
“I have always wanted to make a landmark series that really does justice to our own extraordinary wildlife,” said executive producer Alastair Fothergill.
“I am sure people will be amazed at what is happening right on their own doorstep.”
“The multi-award-winning team at Silverback are creating an eye-opening celebration of British and Irish wildlife that has to be seen to be believed,” added series producer Hilary Jeffkins.
“You’ll think a meadow in Somerset is as beautiful as the Serengeti, and the North Atlantic as wild and dramatic as the Antarctic Ocean.’’
Wild Isles is scheduled to air in the UK via BBC One and the BBC’s streaming platform iPlayer “next spring.” International release date and streaming platforms TBA.
Keep an eye out for it.