New David Attenborough documentary A Perfect Planet available on Channel 5 and meWatch

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SINGAPORE — BBC nature documentaries and David Attenborough's narrations are the perfect pairings. Now, the BBC's latest epic nature series, A Perfect Planet, is being brought to us by Mediacorp, who is airing the programme on Channel 5 as well as streaming it on meWatch.  

While A Perfect Planet was released first on BBC's cable TV channel, Mediacorp has secured free-to-air rights for the series.

The five-part documentary shows how the forces of nature affect and support Earth’s great diversity of life, and is narrated by the inimitable Attenborough. 

David Attenborough narrates BBC's A Perfect Planet. (Still courtesy of BBC)
David Attenborough narrates BBC's A Perfect Planet. (Still courtesy of BBC)

Each episode will focus on one force of nature, including weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – and the last episode singles out the profound impact of humans as a species on our planet. The documentary also shows how animals are perfectly adapted to whatever the environment throws at them.

As expected from BBC, A Perfect Planet displays astounding cinematography, with macro shots of tiny ants as well as incredible aerial footage of a flock of flamingoes who live in a volcanic lake. Filming took place over four years across 31 countries, with crew numbering around 200, navigating difficulties in extreme temperatures and remote locations to capture 3,000 hours of footage for the series.

The volcanic flamingos of Lake Natron in A Perfect Planet. (Still courtesy of BBC)
The volcanic flamingos of Lake Natron in A Perfect Planet. (Still courtesy of BBC)

Mediacorp is airing A Perfect Planet every Sunday at 9.30pm on Channel 5, as well as releasing each episode at the same time on meWatch, as part of its efforts to raise public awareness of climate change and sustainability issues. The first episode about volcanoes has already been released on 6 June.

When asked why it is important, now more than ever, to draw attention to the incredible forces of nature that shape our planet, Attenborough said, "Because I think everybody understands now, worldwide, that we are at a crucial point. Our planet is poisoned, close to real big disasters. We can stop them. But if we’re going to stop them, we've got to understand what they are and how they work. And that's what this series does."

The famous naturalist added, "The first thing that I keep reminding myself of is that there are three times as many human beings on this planet as well, than when I first made a television programme. I mean, this is not something that happened over eons of history. It's right now, it's happening. And if we don't sort out how we deal with it, we’re in big trouble. The answer is, of course, we can sort it out if we all behave in certain ways. But to start with, you've got to recognise the problem. And that's what this programme shows."

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