Blue Planet I & II
Blue Planet (2001)
Sir David Attenborough narrates this critically acclaimed series that dives deep into the marine environment of Planet Earth. Although two-thirds of the world's surface is covered with water, scientists know less about the oceans than they do about the surface of the moon.
The oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world’s weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces.
Each 50-minute programme peers into this watery world, with spectacular footage exploring shores and shallows teeming with life and uncovering unseen depths.
Chronicling the mysteries of the deep, coastline populations, sea mammals, tidal and climatic influences and the complete biological system that revolves around the world’s oceans, Blue Planet is the definitive exploration of the marine world.
Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans (2001)
Watch Blue Planet on Netflix or here.
Blue Planet II (2017)
The seven-episode follow-up to the 2001 series, Blue Planet II takes viewers on incredible tours into and around the world's oceans. With the intent of showing the natural world at its most raw, the show often features scenes of predators catching and eating prey, and there is mention of mating and breeding practices at times. That aside, most of the footage is dedicated to showing viewers how stunningly beautiful and diverse the oceans' populations are, and cutting-edge videography facilitates that in impressive form.
This follow up series also raises issues related to conservation, climate change, and human threats to ocean ecosystems, encouraging viewers to consider their role in protecting our natural resources. It demonstrates that the seas are in trouble and that the world must act.
Between the riveting musical scores, the dramatic use of slow-motion videography, and Sir David Attenborough's stirring narration, this documentary engages on both emotional and intellectual plains.
Blue Planet II (2017)
Watch Blue Planet II here.
Read about how Blue Planet II captured never-before-seen views of the ocean - Interview with BBC producer, Orla Doherty