Blue Planet II

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Blue Planet II
Genre Nature documentary
Presented by David Attenborough
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) James Honeyborne
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format
Audio format
Original release 29 October 2017 (2017-10-29) – present
Preceded by The Blue Planet
Related shows Planet Earth II
External links

Blue Planet II is a 2017 British nature documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Like its predecessor, The Blue Planet (2001), it is narrated and presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough,[1] while the main music score was composed by Hans Zimmer.[2]

The series was debuted on 29 October 2017 and simulcast at BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC Earth channel, making it the first natural history series to premiere on the same day in the United Kingdom, Nordic regions, European countries and in Asia.


The series was announced by the BBC in 2013 with the working title Oceans, but the title was later changed to Blue Planet II as it reveal on 19 February 2017.[3][4] Filming took place over a course of more than four years; involving 125 expeditions across 39 countries and produced more than 6,000 hours of underwater dive footage from over an estimated 4000 dives.[5]


Composer Hans Zimmer returned to score the series;[2] in September 2017, the BBC announced that the English rock band Radiohead had collaborated with Zimmer to record a new version of "Bloom", a song from their 2011 album The King of Limbs.[6] The new track, "(ocean) Bloom", was recorded alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra; in a press release, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke said: "'Bloom' was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it's great to be able to come full circle with the song."[6]


British television[edit]

The premiere of the series took place at Bristol's Cinema de Lux on 11 October 2017, with special guest appearance by Attenborough alongside with the producers and wildlife experts. Bristol has been the global home of BBC's Natural History programme making for the past 60 years.[7][8][9] The series was first broadcast on 29 October 2017 (from 20:00 GMT to 21:00 GMT) at BBC One and BBC One HD,[10] each of the seven episodes included a 10-minute making-of documentary called Into the Blue.[11] The previous week's episode was repeated in an earlier time slot the following Sunday.


The BBC pre-sold the series to several overseas broadcasters, including Canada (Blue Ant Media’s licensed channel for BBC Earth), Australia (Channel Nine) and New Zealand (TVNZ), to Europe with Denmark (DR), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Spain (Telefonica’s BBC Earth block), Discovery Channel for Latin America and co-production partnerships with BBC America, Germany’s WDR, France Télévisions[12] and China's Tencent.[13] The series was eventually sold to more than 30 countries.[12]

The series is currently broadcast internationally on BBC Earth channel, and also commercial television channels in various countries, besides,[12] the series debuted in Nordic regions and other European countries on 29 October 2017.[14][15][16][17][18] In Asia, the series began to premiere on each early Monday (from 04:05 SGT to 05:05 SGT) starting from 30 October 2017,[19][20] the episode was then repeated on following each Tuesday evening (from 20:00 SGT);[21][20] in Poland, the series premiered on 16 November 2017.[22]

In China, the premiere of the series took place at Shanghai's East China Normal University on 27 October 2017, with special guest appearance by the producer Orla Doherty with Michael Gunton, the executive producer of Planet Earth II.[23][24] The series is streaming broadcast at Tencent's QQLive from 30 October 2017, with episodes updating every Monday at 18:00 CST,[25][26] it would also be broadcast on the state owned China Central Television’s documentary channel, CCTV-9, with episodes airing each Monday (from 21:00 CST) starting from 6 November 2017.[13][27]

In the Netherlands, the series is airing on the Dutch channel NPO 1, with episodes airing each Thursday from 28 December 2017;[28] in Belgium, the series will be aired on the Flemish channel Canvas, with episodes airing each Saturday starting from 2 January 2018.[29]

As for Australia, the series will be premiered at Nine Network in February 2018;[30] in New Zealand, it premiered on 12 November 2017 at TVNZ 1.[31][32]


No. Title Produced by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [33]
- "The Prequel" N/A 27 September 2017 (2017-09-27)[34][35] N/A
1 "One Ocean" Jonathan Smith 29 October 2017 (2017-10-29)[36] 14.01
2 "The Deep" Orla Doherty 5 November 2017 (2017-11-05)[37] 13.97
3 "Coral Reefs" Jonathan Smith 12 November 2017 (2017-11-12)[38] TBD
4 "Big Blue" John Ruthven 19 November 2017 (2017-11-19)[39] TBD
5 "Green Seas" Kathryn Jeffs 26 November 2017 (2017-11-26)[40] TBD
6 "Coasts" Miles Barton 3 December 2017 (2017-12-03)[41] TBD
7 "Our Blue Planet" Orla Doherty, Will Ridgeon 10 December 2017 (2017-12-10)[43] TBD
Examining the role of human anthropogenic activity on the oceans. Microplastics and pollution are an increasing problem for the world's seas, threatening the lives of marine life and ultimately impacting on the ecosystem. Can humans reverse their activity to protect the seas and the wildlife that inhabit it?[42]


DVD and Blu-ray[edit]

The series will be released as a three-disc DVD[44] and Blu-ray sets[45] on 27 November 2017, while a six-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray sets will be released on 15 January 2018.[46] It is distributed by BBC Worldwide in the UK.


An accompanying hardback book was written by James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow, with foreword by David Attenborough, it was published by BBC Books (ISBN 978-1849909679). The book was released on 19 October 2017 in the UK[47][48] and is due for release on 1 January 2018 in the US.[49]

Open University poster[edit]

A free poster was made available through the Open University's OpenLearn website.[50]


Blue Planet II
Soundtrack album by Hans Zimmer, David Fleming & Jacob Shea
Released 29 October 2017 (Digital)
1 December 2017 (Audio CD)
Genre Soundtrack, Classical music
Length 1:11:29
Label Silva Screen Records
Producer BBC Worldwide
BBC Earth

The musical score and songs featured in the series were composed by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music. A digital soundtrack was released on 29 October 2017, while a single physical disc will be available on 1 December 2017 in the UK.[51][52][53][54]


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