If you’re looking for ways to escape the urban tundra of New York City this winter, plan on staying in to enjoy a good TV series. The hit Planet Earth TV series returned for another season in the UK in 2016 to provide a portrait of life on Earth. The BBC original series was the most expensive documentary ever broadcast and took five years to make. Planet Earth II affords the chance to experience the world through the eyes of animals, a spellbinding program that will take you to different environments to see what it’s like to live and play in different habitats of planet Earth.
The series takes you to the remote Caribbean Islands, the world’s greatest mountain ranges, the jungles of Costa Rica, scorching deserts, and even cities to see how animals survive and thrive. Each episode takes you to one habitat so you’ll want to tune in for the entire season to discover different environments. You’ll get to see the lives of all sorts of creatures as they make their way through the days and can also see the beauty and wonders of the world along the way. Some episodes are more lighthearted in nature, even comical. Others are more dramatic and violent, showcasing the unique survival skills different species of animals must develop in order to live and thrive in the animal kingdom.
The dramatic scenes, high-quality footage and compelling narrative make this mini-series one of the most riveting documentaries of the year. The original score was created by legendary composer Hans Zimmer and the series was produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit. David Ranklin Attenborough is the wildlife broadcaster for the show. You’ll find plenty of clips and an extended trailer for the show on the BBC Earth YouTube channel.
The British documentary series was first broadcast in November 2006 and the final episode date was December 11, 2016. It will air in the United States starting January 28, 2017, on BBC America so be sure to mark your calendar to catch the show this winter. If you can’t wait that long and are eager to see it, you can watch a few clips of the series online — don’t miss the pink flamingoes trying to walk across thin ice, the snake attack on iguana hatchlings, and the swimming sloth searching for its mate.
You can also learn more about your favorite animals or get updates about BBC Earth’s upcoming shows on the BBC Earth website.
There are six episodes and a compilation episode, “A World of Wonder”, that provides highlights of all six adventures that take you to islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands, and cities. A World of Wonder is scheduled to air in the UK on January 1, 2017. The series has been released in the UK on a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray box sets. Diehard fans can also pick up the accompanying book written by Steven Moss. The book was published by BBC Books and released on October 6, 2016.
Planet Earth II aired on BBC One on Sunday nights. If you can catch some clips of the show or tune in to recorded versions of the show this winter, it’s the perfect reason to cozy up in front of the television and escape to another world for a few hours.