The five-part series will air in the MENA region on BeIN from January 10.
BBC Earth has announced its brand new five-part series from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, The Green Planet, narrated by English broadcaster and natural historian, Sir David Attenborough.
Set to air in the MENA region from January 10, The Green Planet aims to be the first immersive portrayal of an unseen, inter-connected world, full of new behaviour and surprising heroes in the plant world.
Commenting on the new series, Sir David Attenborough said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a neglected yet truly remarkable part of the natural world. Once again, the innovative approach of the BBC NHU and ground-breaking technology will reveal new and surprising wonders to the audiences.”
Mike Gunton, Executive Producer of The Green Planet, added: “This series will take viewers into a world beyond their imagination – see things no eye has ever seen. The world of plants is a mind-blowing parallel universe; one that we can now bring to life using a whole range of exciting new camera technology. This is Planet Earth for plants!”
Across the series, David will travel to the USA, Costa Rica, Croatia, and northern Europe, from deserts to mountains, from rainforests to the frozen north, to find new stories and a fresh understanding of how plants live their lives. He will meet the largest living things that have ever existed; trees that care for each other; and plants that breed so fast they could cover the planet in a matter of months.
He will find time-travellers – seeds that can outlive civilisations, and plants that remain unchanged for decades. He will examine the relationship with plants, past, present, and future, and reveal how all animal life, ourselves included, is totally dependent on plants.
Using brand new technological advances and over two decades of new discoveries, the show will take the viewer on a journey into a magical world. Audiences will discover that plants are as aggressive, competitive, and dramatic as animals – locked in desperate battles for food, for light, to reproduce and to scatter their young. They are social – they communicate with each other, they care for their young, they help their weak and injured. They can plan, they can count, they can remember, according to the BBC Earth.
Plants are the stars of this series but there will also be box-office animals – plants are the arch-manipulators of the natural world. They bend the actions and lives of animals, including ourselves, to their own ends.
The show’s producers have used new developments in robotics, moving time-lapse, super-detail thermal cameras, deep focus frame-stacking and ultra-high-speed to capture photographic and videographic detail that would be invisible to the naked eye.
The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content. For PBS the series is overseen by Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming and Development. It was co-produced by ZDF and The Open University.
The Green Planet (5 x 60) will premiere on beIN on January 10 at 21:00.