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Attenborough returns to reef for new TV series

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough

SIR David Attenborough is returning to the Great Barrier Reef for a new BBC series, almost six decades after he first filmed there.

Atlantic Productions will make three, one-hour programs fronted by the veteran wildlife presenter.

The landmark BBC1 series, to be called David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef, is being made by the team behind the award-winning First Life, and is expected to be screened late next year.

Sir David first filmed on the Great Barrier Reef for Zoo Quest in 1957, and has retained a passionate interest in its diverse wildlife and unique status as the world's largest living organism. 

Using a combination of cutting-edge technology, innovative filming techniques and ground-breaking new research, he will show the full complexity of this "rainforest of the ocean".

"People say to me, 'What was the most magical thing you ever saw in your life?'…and I always say without a word of exaggeration, 'The first time I was lucky enough to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef'," Sir David said.

"As I entered the water I remember suddenly seeing these amazing multi-coloured species living in communities… just astounding and unforgettable beauty.

"So I'm very excited to be returning to the reef with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way."

BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: "With the combination of David Attenborough's personal connection with the reef, his masterful storytelling and the very latest cutting-edge technology, viewers will see the Great Barrier Reef as we've never seen it before - a really exciting visual treat for BBC1."

Topics:  bbc, david attenborough, editors picks, environment, great barrier reef




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