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BBC DG says Blue Planet II "makes you aware of the fragility of the marine world."

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 27 September 2017

As the landmark documentary receives world premiere, Sir Tony Hall tells an audience invited to view the first episode that it will bring us closer than ever to life hidden beneath the waves.

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But perhaps most importantly we hope the series makes you aware of the fragility of the marine world, there’s simply no part of the ocean that hasn’t felt the impact of humanity.

Tony Hall,
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Sir David Attenborough, the Duke of Cambridge and members of rock band Radiohead have all attended a world premiere of the first instalment of the long awaited BBC nature documentary, Blue Planet II, at the British Film Institute Imax cinema in central London.

Sir David is once again the series narrator of the seven episodes which chronicle life under the world’s oceans in breath-taking detail.

Radiohead collaborated with film score composer Hans Zimmer on the music for a five-minute Blue Planet II curtain-raiser, shown before the premiere. This prequel features an array of some of the most awe-inspiring shots and highlights from the new series, as well as several exclusive scenes that won’t feature in any of the seven episodes.

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Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, introduced the first episode of Blue Planet II, telling the invited audience: “There’s never been a more important time for us to bring nature in all its facets to everybody. To educate children and adults about the planet and to safeguard it for future generations.

“Blue Planet II, a breath-taking series, has purpose, it promises to get all of us closer than ever to life hidden beneath the waves and boy does it deliver on that.”

Radiohead lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood paid tribute to Sir David Attenborough for inspiring generations.

Greenwood, who attended the screening with Zimmer and his brother and fellow bandmate, Colin Greenwood, said: “The thing about Sir David Attenborough, our relationship with him, every 15 years kids grow up watching him. My kids love David Attenborough and BBC nature programmes.”

The music, called (Ocean) Bloom, created with Zimmer for the short film is based on the Radiohead song Bloom, from their 2011 album The King Of Limbs, with vocals by lead singer Thom Yorke.

Greenwood said of the original track: “The song is a reaction to being obsessed with the Blue Planet. Hans did a wonderful arrangement of the song and Thom re-recorded the vocal just last week..”

Sir David revealed that he would sit down and write his narration script after looking at the footage filmed by the crews and indicated that footage speaks for itself!

“The phenomenon of a cleaner station, where fish go on a coral reef and cleaner fish go and pick off parasites and dead skin, it’s a well known thing. There’s a marvellous sequence of the cleaning sequence, and at the end of it there’s a turtle that settles down and these fish come pecking at it and it shuts its eyes. And I, without looking at the (footage) notes, wrote ‘It’s difficult not to believe that turtles come here just because they enjoy it”.

“And having written that I then heard from the research team some recent research actually shows that’s the case.”

MCS has been consulted by some of the film makers during production of the series to make sure the facts and figures surrounding marine creatures and habitats were all accurate. A behind-the-scenes article by Assistant Producer, Sarah Conner, features in the latest MCS members’ magazine with stunning pictures from the series.

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