Netflix has lured Sir David Attenborough away from the BBC for a major new natural history documentary series, Our Planet.
The 92-year-old broadcaster has been the face of the Beeb’s natural history shows for decades. In a sign of the power of US streaming firms, he will lend his voiceover to the eight-part series.
Our Planet will air in April.
“Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” Attenborough said in a statement. “Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.”
He will team up with old colleagues Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who also produced the Attenborough-fronted docs Planet Earth and Blue Planet. Though this time, the series is being made in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Our Planet has been in the works for four years, filming in 50 countries with a team of over 600 crew members. It’s only at this late stage that Attenborough’s name has been attached to the project.
This isn’t the first time Attenborough has worked for a broadcaster other than the BBC. He has previously fronted natural history documentaries on Sky. Dynasties, his new BBC series, starts on Sunday.