When is A Perfect Planet on TV?

A Perfect Planet is the next big BBC natural history series with Sir David Attenborough.

Giant tortoises on Aldabra Island. © Huw Cordey/Silverback Films

When is A Perfect Planet on TV?

The first episode of A Perfect Planet is due to air on Sunday 3 January 2021, on BBC One at 8pm.

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Watch the trailer of A Perfect Planet:

Who is narrating A Perfect Planet?

The celebrated broadcaster and environmentalist Sir David Attenborough returns to the BBC to narrate this series.

Sir David Attenborough. © Gavin Thurston/Silverback Films
Sir David Attenborough. © Gavin Thurston/Silverback Films

What is A Perfect Planet about?

This series focusses on the natural forces which shape our planet, and enable life to flourish here: the sun, volcanoes, oceans, and weather. In addition, the programme takes a look at how humans have impacted the planet and its environments and wildlife.

Yasur volcano, lava lake erupting with volcanologist, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. © Huw Cordey/Silverback Films
Yasur volcano, lava lake erupting with volcanologist, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. © Huw Cordey/Silverback Films

“Together, these forces have shaped our perfect planet, but it’s a fragile system.” says Attenborough in the trailer. “Today there is a new force. One so powerful, it threatens life on Earth. Human activity is now so dominant that it’s disrupting the forces of nature, and the vital habitats that life needs to survive on Earth. To preserve our planet, we need to act now. And if we do that, there will still be time to restore the ecological balance that once made this Earth our perfect planet.”

Which species appear on A Perfect Planet?

The series will feature a range of species:

An otter sniffs the air and surveys its surroundings as it prepares to hunt. it must remain vigilant on land when coyotes or wolves could be on the prowl. © Silverback Films
An otter sniffs the air and surveys its surroundings as it prepares to hunt. it must remain vigilant on land when coyotes or wolves could be on the prowl. © Silverback Films
Lemon sharks swim in the shallow waters by the mangrove forests of Bimini, Bahamas. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
Lemon sharks swim in the shallow waters by the mangrove forests of Bimini, Bahamas. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
A rockhopper penguin brooding its chick on Sealion Island in the Falkland Islands. © Sarah Walsh/Silverback Films
A rockhopper penguin brooding its chick on Sealion Island in the Falkland Islands. © Sarah Walsh/Silverback Films
A marine iguana warming up in the sun on the shores of Fernandina Island, Galapagos. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
A marine iguana warming up in the sun on the shores of Fernandina Island, Galapagos. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
Flamingos with chicks on Lake Natron. © Darren Williams/Silverback Films
Flamingos with chicks on Lake Natron. © Darren Williams/Silverback Films
A mother wild Bactrian camel with her young in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
A mother wild Bactrian camel with her young in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. © Ed Charles/Silverback Films
A vampire finch bites the flight feather of a Nazca booby on Wolf Island, providing a steady flow of blood to supplement its diet of seeds and insects which are in short supply. © Silverback Films
A vampire finch bites the flight feather of a Nazca booby on Wolf Island, providing a steady flow of blood to supplement its diet of seeds and insects which are in short supply. © Silverback Films
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 06/02/2020 - Programme Name: Perfect Planet - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: For the Volcano episode we filmed the bears of Kamchatka coming to feed on thesalmon runs of Kurile Lake. It is one of the world’s greatest natural feasts, and is provided by thefertilising ash from the volcanic eruptions that formed and feed the lake. Here a bear cub takes a breakfrom the feast to play with her mother at the foot of one of the great active volcanoes that tower overthe lake, while the salmon gather around them to spawn, and Slaty-backed gulls pour in to join thebuffet. - (C) Photography Toby Nowlan copyright Silverback Films - Photographer: Toby Nowlan
Bears of Kamchatka coming to feed on the salmon runs of Kurile Lake. © Toby Nowlan/Silverback Films

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Main image: Giant tortoise on Aldabra Island. © Huw Cordey/Silverback Films