Sir David Attenborough announces epic TV return for new BBC series

SIR David Attenborough has announced a brand new nature series which will explore the UK’s diverse landscape. 

The beloved broadcaster and conservationist is returning to the BBC with a new TV series, which is tentatively titled Wild Isles. 


Sir David Attenborough is set to make an epic TV return with new BBC seriesCredit: BBC
Sir David has explored almost every corner of the world, so he'll be staying closer to home in Wild Isles


Sir David has explored almost every corner of the world, so he’ll be staying closer to home in Wild IslesCredit: PA

The five-part documentary series will explore the natural environment closer to home, focusing on the diverse landscape of Britain and Ireland. 

It follows the success of his previous docu series like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Our Planet and Frozen Planet.

A BBC press statement confirmed that Sir David, 96, and his dedicated film crew have spent the last three years examining the flora and fauna across the UK.

Wild Isles will celebrate Britain’s four key habitats — woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine.

It promises to get up close with many of the UK’s natural treasures, including the puffins of Northumberland, bluefin tuna gathering off the coast of Cornwall and “a bee that rides a broomstick in Dorset.”

The series has been filmed in 4k resolution and will feature time-lapse photography to document the changes to the natural world.

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Speaking about the upcoming series, Attenborough reflected: “In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet.

“I can assure you that in the British Isles, as well as astonishing scenery, there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels.”

Wild Isles is produced by Silverback Films in partnership with The Open University, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the World Wildlife Fund.

The show’s executive producer Alastair Fothergill said in a statement about the series: “I have always wanted to make a landmark series that really does justice to our own extraordinary wildlife. I am sure people will be amazed at what is happening right on their own doorstep.”

Jack Bootle, the BBC’s head of commissioning for science and natural history, added: “The multi-award-winning team at Silverback are creating an eye-opening celebration of British and Irish wildlife that has to be seen to be believed.

“You’ll think a meadow in Somerset is as beautiful as the Serengeti, and the North Atlantic as wild and dramatic as the Antarctic Ocean.”

The 96-year-old spend three years filming Wild Isles


The 96-year-old spend three years filming Wild IslesCredit: PA

Wild Isles will air on BBC One and iPlayer, and is expected to begin in spring 2023.

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