David Attenborough confirmed for third Planet Earth series

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David Attenborough has been confirmed to present another instalment of the award-winning nature documentary series Planet Earth.

The BBC announced the legendary broadcaster is returning for Planet Earth III, the latest instalment in the hit nature series.

Confirming the news on Thursday (August 31) morning, BBC Studios' Natural History Unit revealed Planet Earth III will be the third chapter in the series, and will consist of eight 60-minute episodes.

Releasing a statement alongside the announcement, series producer Mike Gunton shared his enthusiasm about Attenborough returning to present the third series.

"Planet Earth wouldn't be Planet Earth without David, so I'm delighted he is presenting the third series," Gunton began.

"As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen."

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Gunton went on to tease ahead to what fans can expect from the upcoming production.

"The opening of the series with David was filmed in the beautiful British countryside in exactly the location where Charles Darwin used to walk whilst thinking-over his Earth-shaking ideas about evolution," he explained.

"It seemed the perfect place for David to introduce Planet Earth III and remind us of both the wonders and the fragility of our planet... and for him, of course, the sun shined under blue skies one of the only days it did all summer!"

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Planet Earth has received high praise from viewers and critics over the years and has collected a range of awards as a result, including four Emmy Awards and a BAFTA TV Award.

While the BBC has confirmed the show is set to air on BBC One later this year, the broadcaster has not yet revealed an official release date.

Planet Earth airs on BBC One and is available to stream on iPlayer.

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