BBC America just released a jaw-dropping five-minute preview for their upcoming series, "Planet Earth: Blue Planet II." The footage is gorgeous, David Attenborough is narrating, and Radiohead and Hans Zimmer provide a sonic feast. Sit back and enjoy.
"Planet Earth II: Blue Planet" will debut on BBC America in early 2018 as a seven-part series. This new project looks to be every bit as spectacular as the original "Blue Planet" which premiered to rave reviews in 2001. Living legend Sir David Attenborough is back narrating the series and he introduces the preview with these words: "A generation ago, the series 'The Blue Planet' took us beneath the waves. But now, we know so much more. Take a deep breath." And we're off.
Like seemingly everything BBC Earth puts out, this project is the result of years of scouring the depths of our planet to gain a better understanding of the natural world. "New science and technology allow us to voyage further and deeper than ever before," Attenborough says.
Rock band Radiohead and Composer Hans Zimmer joined forces to create an exclusive track for the series. It's a rearranged version of Radiohead's 2011 track, "(Ocean) Bloom" and it fits the slow, majestic footage perfectly with a lush orchestration. Zimmer said: "Bloom appears to have been written ahead of its time as it beautifully reflects the jaw-dropping lifeforms and seascapes viewers are introduced to in 'Blue Planet II.' Working with Thom, Jonny, and the boys has been a wonderful diversion and it’s given me an interesting peek into their musical world. They’ve been incredible to work with and I hope everyone likes the track."