Chris Hannah


David Attenborough’s ‘A Perfect Planet’ #

I don’t know how the BBC and David Attenborough can be pushing out so many documentaries so often, but they’ve done it again, and there’s now a incredible new trailer for the upcoming series, A Perfect Planet.

This time the focus will be on how natural forces affect and enable life on our planet.

There are five episodes planned, with the first one looking at how without volcanoes, there wouldn’t be any life on our planet. And the second switching focus to The Sun, and how animals have come up with strategies on how to survive. The first episode will air at 8pm in the UK on Sunday, 3rd January, 2021.

There are another two previous trailers available for The Perfect Planet, a prequel, and also an extended trailer:

You can find out more about A Perfect Planet on its BBC page, where you can find a few more clips from the first episode. Although I’ll personally be waiting for the first episode to air, and avoiding these clips.

(Photo credit: Huw Cordey/Silverback Films via BBC)

The Effect COVID Has Had on Japanese Country Towns #

VICE Asia has produced a great documentary regarding the effect that COVID has had on Japan’s country towns.

For three consecutive months, the number of people that left Tokyo was greater than the number of people moving in. Which is something that hasn’t happened since 2013.

It’s interesting to see the effect COVID has had on peoples lives, with most people being able to work remotely, and in general people being stuck inside their homes.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to what the long-lasting effects of this pandemic will be, but I’m hoping that at least something positive can come out of 2020.

My current idea is that this pandemic will be a key factor in the worlds population becoming more sparse than it is right now. Since, if you can work from home, then that removes one major reason of living in a densely populated city.

I think we’re going to see a lot of people reevaluating their priorities, and making some major changes in the next few years. Directly or indirectly, this pandemic will certainly change the way people live their lives going forward.

BBC Earth Announce 8 New TV Nature Documentaries #

(Image credit: BBC Earth)

If you’re interested in nature documentaries, then the BBC have quite the announcement for you. In two news articles (linked at the bottom), they announced 8 new television series about natural history.

The five main shows are:

And they also announced three extra shows:

That’s such a massive commitment from them, and I’m already super excited.

Perfect Planet

In the five-part series, we’ll see how the entire planet which is seemingly “perfect”, operates. It will show how the weather, ocean currents, solar energy, and volcanoes all play their part in supporting Earth’s diverse biological population. We’ll also get to see how certain animals are well-suited to their environments, such as the Vampire Finches in the Galapagos, which are part of the diverse group, known as Darwin’s Finches.

Episodes: 5 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2020

Frozen Planet II

Ten years after Frozen Planet first aired, the second series is being released. As the name suggests, it focusses on the quarter of the earth that is entirely frozen. Animals such as the Siberian tiger, snow monkeys, penguins, and polar bears all thrive in cold conditions. But as temperatures rise, they might not be able to cope as easily.

Episodes: 6 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2021

Planet Earth III

Following on from the second series, that aired only back in late 2016, is coming back for a whopping eight-episode series. As usual, improvements to technology, such as robotic cameras, better submersibles, and stabilised rigs, will only help us see the planet in more detail.

Episodes: 8 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2022

One Planet: Seven Worlds

This series will be split into seven episodes, one for each of the continents (Well actually Eurasia is one continent, but people treat it as two). We’ll see how distinct each continent is from each other, and how they have shaped the life that’s found there.

Episodes: 7 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2019

Green Planet

Something that sometimes gets ignored on tv documentaries, is plant-life. Usually, the focus is on the animals living in specific habitats, but this series will focus on the surprisingly intricate life of plants.

I’ve read a lot on how trees communicate, using electrical signals through their roots (that are connected by fungi), so I hope this gets shown in more detail.

Episodes: 5 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2021

The Mating Game

Okay, so nearly every species on the planet needs to find some kind of partner to mate with. This series will show how various species have completely different ideas of what’s the best method of finding one. Some fight, others sing songs, and some dance. This sounds like it could provide a very interesting insight into unknown behaviours of animals. And there’s a technological bonus with this series, it’s being filmed in 8K!

Episodes: 5 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2021


There are a huge number of species of primates. Including apes, lemurs, and monkeys. They’re found all over the planet, in vastly different habitats from one another. And there’s one writing this very blog post. We’ll get to see new sides to these animals, how they use tools, solve problems, and also have a glance into their politics.

Episodes: 3 x 60 mins

Transmission: 2020

Earth’s Paradise Islands

Madagascar, Borneo, and Hawaii, are all exotic and remote islands. And in each of them, there’s fascinating animal species, and human cultures. So it sounds like it will be two sides to each story.

Episodes: 3 x 60 mins

Transmission: Unknown


Netflix: Our Planet #

Apparently there’s no limit to the amount of David Attenborough we can watch.

Just after the first episode of Dynasties has aired, there’s already news of a new series that will focus on the planet as a whole, and how everything is connected.

From the creator of “Planet Earth,” “Our Planet” series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through some of the world’s most precious natural habitats, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Launching globally on Netflix April 5, 2019. – Netflix

One thing I’m already wondering about, is the scope of it all. I can imagine that Netflix is providing a huge budget, especially as it will be hugely available to watch. But the BBC have had Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and now Dynasties, so there not exactly lacking on budget or expertise.

Then there’s the actual content, it’s hard to imagine something that David Attenborough hasn’t told us about. But then again, he’s not failed us yet.

Our Planet on Netflix.

BBC Earth - Dynasties Trailer #

David Attenborough is back, and he’s going to be taking us through five separate journeys. Each one featuring intense stories, where the future of a dynasty is hanging in the balance, at crucial points of their lives.

The animals we will be following will be the Chimpanzee, African wild dog, Lion, Penguin, and Tiger families.

Watch on YouTube.