Planet Earth was a groundbreaking BBC TV series broadcast in& 2006. It was produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, which is world famous for its quality TV productions. The series was narrated by the famous Natural History TV presenter, David Attenborough. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and also the first to be filmed in high definition. The series was described by its makers as, “the definitive look at the diversity of our planet.”
The series comprises eleven episodes, each of which features a global overview of a different habitat on Earth. At the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series.
Planet Earth won the Science or Natural History award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in 2007. The RTS also awarded it a Judge’s Award and a Photography Award at its Craft and Design Awards. The series picked up two awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild for Best Documentary Series and Innovation in Broadcasting and won Best Documentary Series at the 2007 Broadcast Awards. At the 2007 BAFTA Television Awards, Planet Earth was nominated for the Specialist Factual and Pioneer Audience Award categories, but lost out to Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand and Life on Mars(link is external) respectively. It received three nominations at the BAFTA Television Craft Awards later the same year. George Fenton’s original score won him Soundtrack Composer of the Year at the 2007 Classical BRIT Awards.
Planet Earth was recognised by the American television industry, collecting the award for Nonfiction Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2007 and winning a further three prizes in technical categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. It also collected two awards from the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles in July 2007 and in April 2008.
The series was also fêted at wildlife film festivals around the globe, collected multiple prizes at the Wildscreen Festival 2006, the International Wildlife Film Festival 2007 and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2007.